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El Pobre Luis, Buenos Aires

2393 Arribeños
Buenos Aires
Tel: 54 11 4780 5847's insider take:

See that rotund guy in the red shirt manning the parrilla? That's him. That's Pobre Luis (Poor Lou), the inspired Uruguayan who has fed asado (traditional grilled meats) to soccer stars like Diego Maradona, Pelé, and judging by the signed jerseys covering the walls of this lively Belgrano institution, just about every halfback, fullback, and keeper on the planet. (The two-level corner establishment is within kicking distance of Monumental Stadium, home of the River Plate soccer club.) There are many excellent neighborhood parrillas around Buenos Aires, but Luis has got something the others don't: the Uruguayan specialty known as pamplonas, hefty loglike rolls of charred beef, pork, or chicken stuffed with cheese, pimientos (peppers), and jamón (ham). These savory cholesterol bombs are not elegant, but this is an unpretentious place, brimming with fun and satisfied customers.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 8 pm to 2 am.

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