Guest article by Kristella Montiegel
If you haven’t visited before, you’ve likely seen the establishment. A vibrant mural beautifully embellishes this restaurant’s entire west-side facing wall, illuminating its location in trendy East Austin. Buenos Aires Café East has been locals’ go-to spot for years, when we’re craving authentic, delectable Argentinian cuisine.
With recent renovations done both on and off the menu, Buenos Aires might just become your new favorite place to frequent and proclaim yourself a regular. Here are three reasons why.
#1 New Menu
Buenos Aires Cafe continues to deliver full-fledged Latin American flavor with their unique and robust fare. The cafe has recently assigned a new Executive Chef, Chef James Watson, and arranged a new menu that retains classic favorites and includes tasty new additions.
Relish the taste and aroma of housemade pastas like the Gnocchi Quartet, a warm and hearty meal of pumpkin-cinnamon, sweet potato, cilantro-jalapeno and potato-herb Gnocchi. Savor their roasted, salty entrées like Pollo Al Horno (marinated chicken with whipped sweet potatoes and Swiss chard), juicy Pork Tenderloin and their Argentinian version of a Shepherd’s Pie. Or select from their delicious grilled meats with signature Chimichurri sauce like the tender Churrasco New York Strip.
And surely you can’t visit Buenos Aires without ordering their famous Empanadas. Beef, Chicken, Tuna and Vegetarian choices remain as golden, flaky and melt-in-your-mouth as ever.
End your exquisite meal with one of Buenos Aires’ heavenly desserts, like flourless chocolate cake layered with dulce de leche and chocolate spread.
Even for those mystifying friends of yours who aren’t big on sweets, Buenos Aires’ homemade desserts are impossible to resist! Seriously! As soon as you walk inside the restaurant, you’re greeted by a tempting display of chocolate-y goodness and sweet sugared desserts from the bakery.
The cafe also features daily specials, soup of the day and catering and bakery services. Their “mindfully sourced and thoughtfully prepared” menu uses fresh, local ingredients to serve guests mouth watering fare during every visit.
#2 Raising the Bar
With such a focus on flavorful Argentinian food, first time visitors may not expect an equally accentuated drink menu. My friends, that supposition is plain, flat-out, staggeringly wrong. Cocktail enthusiasts exult! Wine lovers rejoice! Beer buffs revel! Buenos Aires has the libations to quench your thirst.
Aside from their exceptional handpicked Argentine wines, Buenos Aires has complemented their bar with inventive and colorful craft cocktails. Try their Milonguero whiskey cocktail for those chilly nights, their sweet blood orange Sanguina cocktail or their absolute must-try Gauchito mate cocktail, a gin and Yerba mate concoction served with an Argentine mate straw.
Looking for a new happy hour scene? Enjoy food and drink specials from 3-6 PM, Monday through Saturday. The next time you and your friends are contemplating where to get yummy booze and bar snacks, turn to Buenos Aires Café for your food and beverage fix. ¡Salud!
#3 Sunday Brunch
Oh, yes. They’ve truly done it now. Buenos Aires is now a contributor to Austin’s Sunday brunch fever. And while we’re all aware of this infatuation, it’s time to step up your brunch game! Get a Latin American take on Sunday Brunch, y’all.
We’re talking Choripan Omeletes (sausage, pepper, eggs), crepes, Argentine steak and eggs, house cured salmon and more! They also feature Bloody Mary’s on special, as well as a full list of refreshing brunch cocktails like the Malena —a light and creamy Argentine gin fizz.
Complimentary Bizocochito butter cookies and hot mate infused with honey await you once you’ve sat at your table. Saunter in and start your Sunday with a brunch like no other.
Brunch is off menu and runs from 10 AM-3 PM.
Need any more reasons to visit Buenos Aires Café East? With diverse and flavorful foods of fresh and local ingredients, innovative cocktails and an intimate and cozy atmosphere, Buenos Aires has the indulgence you wholly deserve. Come feast at a friendly place that feels like one giant dinner party! Gather the troops, share an unforgettable Argentinian dining experience, and take pride in the fact that you were the one who suggested to your friends that Buenos Aires should be your crew’s new favorite spot.
Buenos Aires Café is located at 1201 East 6th St. For hours and more information, visit their official website.
Kristella Montiegel, originally from Myrtle Beach, SC, sought to trade laid back beach life for vibrant city culture when she moved to Austin. She is currently a marketing assistant and copywriter at a mobile applications marketing company located on the East Side.
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