Best of: Hamburgers, Buffalo Wings, Tacos

A weird mashup, I know – but every now and again I get these urges to go on a spree of sampling one particular type of food and seeing who does it best – originally this page was “Expat Snacks that we miss”. I try to put together a small group of people, or at least go with one other person and rotate who that is at different places, to come up with some viewpoints besides my own. Some of these, when originally posted, have been met with quite a bit of contention – often by devotees of one spot or another. So be it – these are my/our assessments, and, of course, subject to change if we re-sample somewhere and find that it’s improved or deterioriated. If you have a suggestion for a category, let me know – right now it’s hamburgers, tacos, and buffalo wings. The question is, how to rate these… stars, moons, hearts, clovers…? Yeah, why not!?

Hamburgers

180 Burger, Suipacha 749, Microcentro – great burger, great fries, casual hangout atmosphere ♣♣♣♣♣
The Pony Line, Posadas 1086 (Four Seasons Hotel), Recoleta – great burger, great fries, sophisticated lounge atmosphere ♣♣♣♣♣
Nanina Bakery, Gorriti 4738, Palermo – great burgers, excellent sides (though skimpy portions), modern coffee shop atmosphere ♣♣♣♣♣

El Puesto de Fabio, Roque Saenz Peña 1159, San Isidro – really good burger though overcooked, great fries, fun atmosphere
Sugar Bar, Costa Rica 4619, Palermo – great burger, okay fries, good service, sports bar atmosphere ♣♣♣♣
Spell Cafe, Av. Moreau de Justo 740, Puerto Madero – great burger, great toppings, good onion rings, nice setting ♣♣♣♣
Perez H., Defensa 435, Monserrat – really good burger though consistently overcooked, good fries (though over-salted), casual, almost take-out setting ♣♣♣♣
Burger Joint, J.L. Borges 1766, Palermo – really good burger though overcooked, unknown fries, casual setting ♣♣♣♣

Tucson, Salguero 2741, Palermo (and several other spots) – really good burger, great fries, nice, casual atmosphere (more or less an Outback Steakhouse knock-off; also tried the new Buenos Aires Design Center location and was less impressed – still good, but not as good as the Palermo spot) ♣♣♣
Kansas, Libertador 4625, Palermo – really good burger, okay fries, nice atmosphere for a large restaurant (Houston’s chain knockoff) ♣♣♣
Hard Rock Cafe, Buenos Aires Design Center, Pueyrredon 2501, Recoleta – great burger (if that was the only factor, this would likely be near the top), mediocre fries, ear-splittingly noisy chain restaurant – weekday lunches tend to be less loud and softer rock music, and fewer people ♣♣♣
Buller Pub & Brewery, R.M. Ortíz 1827, Village Recoleta – good burger, great toppings, good onion rings, casual pub atmosphere ♣♣♣
The Embers, Libertador 14638, Acassuso – good burger and excellent onion rings, the option for a chili burger is a big plus, old-fashioned soda fountain atmosphere ♣♣♣
Temple Bar, Las Heras 1822, Recoleta – good burger, great crushed potatoes, nice beer selection ♣♣♣
Janio, Malabia 1805, Palermo – good burger, great toppings, great fries, laid-back, neighborhood atmosphere ♣♣♣
Delicious Cafe, Laprida 2015, Recoleta – good burger, no bun, good toppings, casual coffee shop atmosphere ♣♣♣
Carlitos LNG, Guido 1962, Recoleta – good burger, okay onion rings, neighborhood casual spot ♣♣♣
Home, Honduras 5860, Palermo – good, “interesting” burger, great fries, nice casual ambiance ♣♣♣

Dean & Denny’s, Malabia 1591, Palermo – okay burger, soggy fries, weird, high tech atmosphere ♣♣
Novecento, Baéz 199, Las Cañitas – overseasoned, dry burger, greasy fries, nice atmosphere ♣♣
Shoeless Joe’s “Remember El Alamo” (downstairs bar), Uruguay 1175, Recoleta – good burger, lousy fries, skeevy atmosphere ♣♣
Brand’s, Gurruchaga 1776, Palermo – okay burger, iffy fries, coffeeshop atmosphere ♣♣
Barbacoa, Abasto Shopping Mall food court – okay burger, okay fries ♣♣

La Biela, Quintana 596, Recoleta – skimpy, flavorless burger, good fries, coffeeshop atmosphere ♣
T.G.I. Friday’s, Alto Palermo mall, Arenales 3360, Palermo – lousy burger, lousy fries, kitschy atmosphere ♣
Pepino, Libertador 14475, Acassuso – skimpy, uninteresting burger, cold, lousy fries, noisy, teeming, family hangout ♣
Períca, corner of Libertador and Sanchez de Bustamante, Recoleta – skimpy, frozen burger, frozen fries, coffeeshop with a nice view ♣

Tacos

Che Taco, Balcarce 873, San Telmo – excellent tacos, great hot sauces, fun atmosphere ♣♣♣♣♣

La Fabrica del Taco, Gorriti 5062, Palermo – generally good tacos though inconsistent, good service, funky, fun atmosphere. best thing are their housemade hot sauces ♣♣♣♣

The Taco Box, Soler 5581 and Cerviño 3768, Palermo – really good tacos, okay service, noisy bar ♣♣♣
Xalapa, El Salvador 4800, Palermo – decent tacos with good filling, though the tortillas could be improved, okay service, cute spot ♣♣♣

Cielito Lindo, El Salvador 4999, Palermo – okay tacos, casual but fun service, fun atmosphere ♣♣

Mole Tacos Fonda Mexicana, Cabildo 1372, Belgrano – bland, uninteresting tacos, poor service ♣
California Burrito Co, Lavalle 441, Centro and other locations – used to be recommended but gone downhill since the original owners sold the stores to a fast food chain operator who has cut every corner he can in quality and service ♣
Lupita, Baéz 227, Las Cañitas – dripping in oil, poor quality meat, borderline inedible, decent service and an interesting room are the only redeeming factors ♣

Hot/Buffalo Wings

Casa Bar, Rodriguez Peña 1150, Recoleta – with their own homemade hot sauces and dressings, they’re classic style, pack plenty of heat, and the atmosphere is a really cool lounge and sports bar, easy pick as number one ♣♣♣♣♣
Hard Rock Cafe, Buenos Aires Design Center – great classic Buffalo wings, you know the atmosphere ♣♣♣♣♣

Sugar Bar, Costa Rica 4619, Palermo – good wings, good service, sports bar atmosphere ♣♣♣♣

Cilantro, Anchorena 1122, Recoleta – Asian style, not particularly hot wings but good, Okay service, somewhere between bar and cafe atmosphere ♣♣♣

El Alamo, Uruguay 1175, Recoleta – tough call, classic Buffalo wings, though clearly frozen and reheated, really skeevy atmosphere, especially at night – and that kills it for me, but it’s up to you… (They used to be better, but have clearly gone wayyyy downhill.) ♣♣

NYC Bistrotheque, Nicaragua 6002, Palermo – bland, mediocre wings, hot sauce isn’t hot, yawn (but great sandwiches) ♣
Portezuelo, Vicente López 2160, Village Recoleta – bland, uninteresting wings, but a great bar ♣
King’s Town, Jufre 102, Villa Crespo – bland, poor quality wings, neighborhood hangout ♣
T.G.I. Friday’s, Alto Palermo Mall and Puerto Madero – bland, overcooked, poor quality wings – but what would you expect here? ♣
Hooters, Alicia Moreau de Justo 840, Puerto Madero – most disgusting excuse for hot wings ever put on a plate, I won’t even discuss the atmopshere ♣

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