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Buenos Aires restaurants

Given the zesty flavor of Argentine beef, it's not surprising that a dizzying array of palate-teasing steaks litter the menus in traditional Buenos Aires eateries. Throughout the city, the aromas of steak and choripan (spicy sausage sandwich) emanate from the ubiquitous parrilla grillhouses, where both the sophisticated and the uncouth tuck into sizzling heaps of offal and sweetbreads or savor melt-in-your-mouth cuts of rib and rump.

However, a slew of new eateries, many clustered in Palermo Viejo, B.A.'s own Soho, are fast transforming the city's culinary offerings. New-wave chefs—whose cuisine is generally described as de autor—place great value on creativity, seeking inspiration from traditions as diverse as Lebanese and Thai, Indian and Provençal. Enterprising chefs are even turning to the country's exotic fauna, bestowing long-awaited culinary recognition on low-fat, low-cholesterol meats such as ñandú, a South American ostrich, and the yacaré caiman, a seven-foot alligator.

The trailblazing has its limits: Locals have little stomach for strong spices or fish. Nevertheless, dozens of top-notch restaurants turn out sophisticated dishes, combining hunted game, free-range meats, tropical fruits, delicate cheeses, and organic vegetables, all enhanced with roots, herbs, and spices. Look out, too, for Andean cooking, particularly from the northwestern province of Salta, in which quinoa, llama, and corn feature alongside locro (stew), tamales, and diminutive, piquant empañadas.

Since Buenos Aires adopted a no-smoking law in 2006, the days when the aroma of your artfully contrived dish mingled freely with your neighbor's high-tar cigarette are long gone. Porteños remain unconvinced that it's time to quit—just count the number of diners rushing outside for a puff between courses—but the city's determination to apply the law has confounded critics who said it could never be enforced.

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Almacén Secreto, Buenos Aires

Owner María Morales Miy—leading light in Buenos Aires' puertas cerradas (closed door) restaurant movement, in which chefs cook in their own...more

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Cabaña Las Lilas, Buenos Aires

The glamorous subjects of the headshots lining the walls of Cabaña Las Lilas aren't movie stars or Rat Packers—they're cows. To be precise, they're...more

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Café Tortoni, Buenos Aires

If there's a spiritual, intellectual, and historical epicenter to Buenos Aires, this is it. The Belle Époque Café Tortoni, on the bustling Avenida de...more

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Chila, Buenos Aires

Widely praised for its well-presented nouvelle Argentine cuisine when it opened in 2006, Chila remains an elegant (if slightly stiff) favorite of business...more

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Dominga, Buenos Aires

This soothing retreat in Palermo—all bamboo, wood, and tinkling water—is half sushi bar and half eclectic bistro. It's also full-on hip, and one of...more

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El Baqueano, Buenos Aires

Bored by local diners' obsession with beef and intrigued by the idea of applying haute-cuisine technique to Argentina's lesser-known native critters, chef...more

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El Cuartito, Buenos Aires

Like Naples, New York, and Chicago, Buenos Aires is a town that loves pizza. The Porteño pie falls somewhere between New York's and Chicago's on the...more

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El Obrero, Buenos Aires

La Boca is the old port of Buenos Aires, a relatively seedy maritime barrio boasting plentiful graffiti, the stadium of the Boca Juniors soccer team, and the...more

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El Pobre Luis, Buenos Aires

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...more

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El Sanjuanino, Buenos Aires

Enrique Baudonet's inviting hole-in-the-wall brims with the rustic flavor of the Argentine outback. Its interior features sepia-toned photos of old San Juan and...more

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