More on the Burger Battle

2009.Feb.09 Monday · 4 comments

in Restaurants

“Fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round-remembering that the man who fights one more round is never whipped.”

– James Corbett, author, journalist

Carlitos LNG - hamburgesa completa de la casa

Buenos Aires – Very casually, in the background of things, the burger battle continues. We resample burgers at various places, though not too often – I’m trying to keep myself on a better diet than burgers tend to allow for. Still, now and again, you know? A local chef friend recommended his favorite late night spot to grab a burger, and assured me it was not the usual Argentine DVD-thick excuse for a paty, as they call them. So one lunch it was off to Carlitos LNG, Guido 1962 in Recoleta, and a stab at the Hamburgesa Completa de la Casa – basically a bacon, egg, and cheeseburger with the works. Not bad, though I thought we’d gotten past that whole “everything cooked until it’s well done” period here in BsAs. Still, despite not coming out the medium rare that I ordered it, it was juicy and tasty, finger-lickin’ good. The onion rings could use some work, they were a bit on the doughy side – more onion, less dough, crispier, okay? Still, the mere fact that they have them was a plus, though my waiter, who turned out to be new, had no idea what they were and had to copy the name, aros de cebolla fritos down word for word – and when they arrived and I showed him what they were, he seemed appalled – I’m not sure if it was at the idea of fried onion rings, or that I wasn’t eating fries with a burger. He’ll get the hang of it. Maybe.

Oh, the “LNG” in the restaurant name? He didn’t know, but a quick look at the website revealed “La Nueva Generación” – must have inherited the place from dad. They have two other locations, supposedly with the same menu, one in Olivos to the north, and one in San Bernardino to the west.


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Tom Roth February 14, 2009 at 19:20

You might want to try Pinot near the Guatalupe Church in Guemas Square. Excellent, thick, juicy burgers and a wonderful place to sit outside and watch the day go by. All of their food has been very good. It’s 2 blocks from my apt which, of course, makes it double good.

I’ve gone thru your previous burger blogs and can’t wait to get back to BA to go to Kansas (how are their ribs?) and the hard rock cafe.

dan February 14, 2009 at 23:34

Been there, though never tried their burger – I’ll give it a shot one day when I’m that direction. Haven’t tried Kansas’ ribs, but basically, they’re food is the exact menu as a Houston’s in the U.S., they use the same recipes, same menu, pretty much same everything.

Teodoro February 18, 2009 at 17:55

Carlitos the Dad is still alive. Is in his 70’s, almost 80’s. You can find him in front of Carrefour Vicente Lopez (on Av. Libertador near Gral Paz, province side). He has an interesting personal history, and is a good man that contributes to several “comedores populares”.
In that restaurant the speciality is the pancakes. Sweets or salties. Hundreds of different recipes made with the best ingredients. I recommend you to try one.

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