Mexico and Argentina may share a common language, but their food could not be more different. Mexican cuisine is supported with spicy chili dishes; Argentines shy away from even black pepper. The Mexican liquor of choice is a strong shot of tequila; Argentines prefer a robust Malbec wine. Despite these differences, there is a healthy array of Mexican restaurants in Buenos Aires– everything from Chipotle-esque burrito shops, Tex-Mex establishments, and traditional Aztec locales.
California Burrito Co
If you can’t go a week without a burrito from Chipotle, do not fear- Buenos Aires has its own answer to the build-your-own-burrito joint. The food is fresh, tasty and reasonably priced. Not to mention that the burritos are enormous. The place is always packed at the lunch hour with a mix of American students and Argentine businessmen from nearby offices. The two American owners always have U.S. hits playing and are happy to give you a frequent buyer’s card.
Hint: If you go on “Taco Tuesday” nights, CBC has tacos for two pesos and other food specials as well as live music.
Get There:Lavalle 441, between Renconquista y San Martin, Downtown
Tel: (5411) 4328-3057
Open Monday to Friday for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Mole Tacos Fonda Mexicana
The primary Mexican food in Buenos Aires seems to be of the Tex-Mex variety, but Mole Tacos Fonda Mexicana serves more traditional Aztec dishes. Here you will find a healthy variety of traditional plates (of course, chicken mole, but chilaquiles as well), in addition to more mainstream fare such as enchiladas, burritos, and tacos.
Get There: Cabildo 1368, between Virrey Loreto and Zabala, Belgrano
Tel: (5411) 4896-0803
Open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday
Owned and run by a Mexican family, 5ta Esencia offers excellent traditional Mexican cuisine. Adorned with simple decoration and low lighting, the restaurant is nothing flashy- but it does feature a mariachi band if you are in the mood for a show. Ask for “salsa carlos” if you like spicy food. Be warned- this restaurant is definitely a trek from the main tourist circuits in Buenos Aires.
Get There: Av. Libertador 3986, between Bouchard and Moreno, La Lucila, Vicente Lopez
Tel: (5411) 4794-4291
Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner
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