Ring Around the Ros(ar)i(o)

2011.Mar.17 Thursday · 0 comments

in Life, Restaurants

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.

– H. G. Wells

After a good night’s sleep, we were up and out early in the morning to meet up with Sebastián Clerico, who offers a selection of Rosario and Delta tours on bike, via kayak or in a motor launch. Initially we just planned on the bike tour, but we were so happy with his service that we re-upped for a launch tour later in the day (next post). Once again, I’ll leave this to photos – we took a trek up along the river for about 5 kilometers and then wound our way back through the city center.

Rosario

Rosario

Rosario

Rosario

Rosario

Rosario

After a three hour tour we took a walk over to the riverfront again, stopping first at La Marina, at the corner of Rioja and 1° de Mayo – a fairly highly rated fish restaurant. Turns out to be a basement decorated pretty much like a nautical club social hall. Cash only, but the prices are easy on the wallet. Mostly locals, and particularly those of retirement age were having lunch – the place wasn’t particularly busy.

La Marina - mondongo

We split an order of more fried calamari, which thankfully were actually crispy, though still clearly deep fried straight from frozen. Just a couple of wedges of lemon and some salt served with them. Also a fish empanada that was really quite good. Then Henry decided on a non-fish move and ordered a bowl of mondongo, tripe stew – not a favorite of mine, though this was okay – he wasn’t overly impressed as it seemed packed with more ham than tripe.

La Marina - Pejerrey a la marinera

My fault. I misread Pejerrey a la marinera as Pejerrey a la marinara, and was thinking I was getting something interesting in a tomato sauce. But no, marinera style turns out to be nothing more than breaded and deep fried fish. It was fine but not quite what I was looking for, and obviously not very substantial. Thankfully we’d had the appetizers – though just a bit too much fried food for my tastes (the empanada was fried as well).

Still, it was decent, honest food, and the four dishes plus a couple of bottles of water only ran to 92 pesos – the fried calamari was more than a third of that at 36 pesos, but was a whopping portion. Not a place I’d go out of my way to get to, but fine for a quick lunch if you’re in the ‘hood. After lunch we took a slow wander back to the hotel, checking out a few sights here and there, mostly more interesting buildings, but also the famed Belgrano memorial.

Rosario

Rosario

Rosario

Rosario

Rosario

Rosario

Rosario

Then we texted Sebastián to see if he was still free for a motorboat tour of the Delta, he was. We crashed at the hotel for a couple of hours and then headed back out….

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