The mother/daughter team of Chef Reina Morris and Paola Guerrero Smith opened Buenos Aires in 2005 with the goal of bringing a piece of their homeland, Argentina, to Austin. Fueled by popular demand, after moving the first Buenos Aires Café in South Austin to the east side in 2009, the city's first Argentine eatery has opened a second location in Bee Cave in 2010. Spacious and inviting (have original hardwood floors ever looked so good?), the haunt serves up popular Argentine fare, including authentic Buenos Aires empanadas. The flaky pastries come with various fillings, including a don't-miss carne picante, with scallions, raisins, and green olives, and a vegetarian's dream packed with spinach, ricotta, and Parmesan. Don't miss their De La Parilla (from the grill) dishes including organic ribeye, tenderloin, quail and short ribs.
1201 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702
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Best Restaurants: "Entrées can be spotty; steer clear of the bland gnocchi and head straight for the pastel de papas, Argentina's answer to Britain's shepherd's pie. Finish with a scrumptious dessert-cuatro leches cake, panqueques (dessert crepes), or flan de Buenos Aires."
Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Known for their flaky, perfect empanadas, served with homemade chimichurri sauce, this is a taste of authentic Argentina.