Eat local: El Obrero, La Boca neighborhood, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Luncheon at El Obrero in the barrio of La Boca -- “more ambience than you can shake a stick at make El Obrero a movie director's dream of an Argentine steak house”, fodors.com -- Buenos Aires, Argentina

Luncheon at El Obrero in the barrio of La Boca — “more ambience than you can shake a stick at make El Obrero a movie director’s dream of an Argentine steak house”, fodors.com — Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

“What do actor Susan Sarandon, U2 frontman Bono, Argentine soccer ace Diego Maradona and a host of other celebrities (Manu Chao, Robert Duvall, Francis Ford Coppola, among others) have in common?  They have all eaten at El Obrero – a small restaurant in the humble neighbourhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires, which has become the Holy Grail for meat-eaters in the know.  El Obrero (The Workman) is such a well-kept secret and is in such a dicy area, it is generally avoided by well-off Argentinians.  The personalities whose snapshots adorn the walls are alerted to it by word of mouth. ‘We were told about it by [German film director] Wim Wenders,’ says Giada Colagrande, Italian film director and wife of American actor Willem Dafoe.  The secret is the superior-quality beef. Served on chipped plates with bent forks, it outclasses even the prime cuts served at the classy Buenos Aires steakhouses that many tourists throng to, and at about £7.50 a steak, is far cheaper.  El Obrero opened in 1910, catering for the thousands of Italian labourers arriving in Argentina.   ‘They met here for drinks over a game of cards,’ says manager and waiter Guillermo Vita, whose father-in-law bought the establishment in 1954.  ‘It’s still the same building from 1910. And we still have the same tables, the same chairs from 1954.’  Vita says it’s not just the steak that is the key to the restaurant’s popularity.  ‘It’s because of the personal dedication,’ he says.  ‘The waiters here, and I’m one of them, greet every arrival as a new member of the family.'” — http://www.fodors.com

 

The bar, festooned with memorabilia from the celebreties who have eaten there, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The bar, festooned with memorabilia from the celebrities who have eaten there, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

A shared luncheon starter of roasted local potatoes and pork, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A shared luncheon starter of roasted local potatoes and pork, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

A shared luncheon starter of grilled local cheese, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A shared luncheon starter of grilled local cheese, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

The restaurant walls are covered in soccer memorabilia, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The restaurant walls are covered in soccer memorabilia, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

One entree from the kitchen ready for serving and many cuts of fine Argentinian beef awaiting the grill, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

One entree from the kitchen ready for serving and many cuts of fine Argentinian beef awaiting the grill, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

A shared luncheon entree of tempura-batter fried local fish, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A shared luncheon entree of tempura-batter fried local fish, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

A shared luncheon entree of local beef stew, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A shared luncheon entree of local beef stew, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

We decided to try the local specialties for our last luncheon with friends in Buenos Aires, so the answer to the question, “where’s the photo of the big Argentinian steak?” is that we went to another steak house for dinner and all consumed more beef in one meal, each, that we had in any two, three or four beef dinners in the prior ten years.  Yes, the portions are huge and the flavors even bigger.  To die for.

So was the dulce de leche cake, pictured below, which wraps up our journey from Boston to Charleston, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, all down the western coast of South America and Chilean Patagonia, Antarctica and Argentina.  An amazing 3-plus months on the ship and experiences and explorations that are extraordinarily memorable.

Stay tuned to Where in the World is Riccardo as we embark on the ship in the Caribbean and sail the warm waters and then head east across the Atlantic to the Canary Islands and Morocco.  “Exploring and photographing by sea…”

 

A shared luncheon dessert of delicious dulce de leche cake, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A shared luncheon dessert of delicious dulce de leche cake, El Obrero, in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

3 thoughts on “Eat local: El Obrero, La Boca neighborhood, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  1. What a great recommendation: El Obrero.

    Wonderful summary of the last 3 months and sad to see it is now in the past – but excited for your next adventure. Staying tuned.

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