I was thrilled when BA Food Tours invited me to take part in one of their barrio-specific food tours of Buenos Aires.

I first discovered how much I love cooking classes as part of my travel experience last year.  So the idea of a food tour to learn about a travel destination is quite appealing to me as well.

Of course, I already know a lot about the food here.

To be honest, there is a lot of bad food in Buenos Aires.

I do not mean that the types of dishes are bad.  

It’s just that there are so many restaurants and food stands, and you have a 50-50 chance of picking the right spot.

That is when a local tour guide comes in handy.

They know where to go to get the good stuff.  And they can tell you what you are actually eating.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

The “spread” at our first restaurant.

A good start to the tour!

Buñuelos de Espinaca

Sure, it’s a fried ball of dough, but it also has spinach and seasoning in it.  One of the rare opportunities to get your veggies in Buenos Aires :-)

What I like about these is that they are not as doughy as the ones you will find in other parts of Latin America.

Empanadas

I love that the empanadas in Argentina are usually baked instead of fried.  You can always tell when they are fresh because the shell soft and slightly crispy.

Milanesa

Milanesa is practically its own food group in Buenos Aires.  I don’t eat it much because the breading and grease can be overwhelming.  This one was done perfectly.

 

Cute Historical Restaurant

I loved the look and feel of this historical restaurant.  The exposed brick walls are the art… get it?

Raviolis with Calabaza (Squash)

When I first got to Buenos Aires last year, I tried pasta twice and gave up for several months until I found a great locals place in Villa Crespo.

Buenos Aires is supposed to have good pasta because of the Italian immigrants.  But once again, you have to know where to find it.  Now I know where to find it in San Telmo!

Favorite Wine

We had 2 different Argentine wines.  This one was my favorite.  I had never even heard of Wayna before, so I was thrilled to discover a new red wine to add to my list of favorites..

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This doesn’t even represent half of the food we had on the tour.  I certainly had my fill by the end of the afternoon.

BA Food Tours offers multiple tours in different barrios of the city, including San Telmo, Recoleta, and La Boca.  The great thing about how they organize the tours is that you experience different foods, depending on the barrios.  Just read the descriptions on the BA Food Tours website, and pick which is most interesting to you.

I appreciated having an Argentine as my guide, and he gave me lots of great tips for eating in BA.

What is your favorite traditional food in Argentina?