This post is part 6 of 15 in the series Buenos Aires, Argentina City Travel Guide

Hunger can strike anywhere, anytime. Use our guide to cheap eats in Buenos Aires to find tried and true casual and affordable food options in neighborhoods around the city whenever you need to eat now and you need to eat on a budget.

Cheap eats in Buenos Aires

NOLA

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Head to NOLA for legit Cajun food on a budget in the Palermo area of Buenos Aires.

NOLA, in the Palermo neighborhood, was one of the first places we ate at during an early visit to the city many years ago and we’re here to say it’s still going strong and still a great place for cheap east in Buenos Aires. Head to NOLA for homemade Cajun food including epic fried chicken, gumbo, and jambalaya plus local craft beer, a tight but varied wine selection, generous daily happy hour specials, a great funk soundtrack, and typically New Orleans service (slow) from an owner who’s from New Orleans.

Eretz Cantina Israel

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Israeli food favorites at bonafide bargain prices at Eretz Cantina Israel in Palermo.

Eretz Cantina Israel has  existed for many years in various areas of the city. The current iteration is in Palermo where the owners continue to serve up Israeli favorites. Eggplant is roasted whole then skinned to reveal the smoky, silky, slightly sweet flesh. Kebabs, made with meat from Patagonia plus onion and spices, came atop more roasted eggplant. Succulent shawarma, made with ojo de bife (rib eye), was served over tender roasted squash. Plus, the pita bread was fresh, the coleslaw was crunchy, and the daily set lunch menu is a bonafide bargain. Hot tip: check the Eretz Cantina Israel Facebook page for weekly passwords that get you 50% off on certain days of the week.

El Hornero

El Hornero, in the San Telmo Market, has been one of our tried and true snack stops in Buenos Aires for years. The empanadas here are baked or fried, come with a wide range of fillings, and are made fresh (as you can see in our video above). Be prepared to wait for your order. This place is popular.

Chori

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The humble choripan sandwich gets a gourmet (but still budget friendly) makeover at Chori in the Palermo Soho neighborhood.

From the team behind La Carniceria and Niño Gordo comes Chori in the Palermo Soho area of the city. Here the humble and beloved choripan sandwich (a sausage–or chorizo in Spanish–inside a bun) gets a makeover with high-quality meat (including lamb), gourmet toppings, and homemade buns. These are Argentinean sausage sandwiches done without skimping and with plenty of love.

Barra Chalaca

Barra Chalaca Buenos Aires

You’ll find fish and seafood at great prices at Barra Chalaca in the Palermo Hollywood area of Buenos Aires.

Fish and seafood is never the cheapest dining option, but seafood-centric Barra Chalaca, in the Palermo Hollywood area, presents high quality at (relatively) low prices. Opened by Peruvian celebrity chef Gaston Acurio (La Mar, Astrid y Gaston, and much more), Barra Chalaca occupies a festive building with turquoise accents. Guests are greeted by a soundtrack of Cumbia and Caribbean music before settling down with an extensive menu of raw and cooked fish and seafood dishes (plus lomo saltadao, a Peruvian stir-fried eef favorite, for those who don’t eat fish or seafood). Waiters ask how spicy you want each dish ranging from a breaded fish sandwich to grilled whole fish. We loved the Cebiche del Puerto (pictured above right), a mixed plate featuring traditional Peruvian-style fish ceviche along with fat and tender fried calamari rings, fried corn cakes fried (like flat hush puppies), and tender and creamy sweet potato.

El Chiri de Villa Kreplaj

Chiri Restaurant Buenos Aires

Chiri serves up economical Jewish favorites to an eager crowd of locals in the Villa Crespo neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

The Villa Crespo area of Buenos Aires was forged as a Jewish working-class neighborhood. Those roots remain in many ways, including in the food. This neighborhood, which some call Villa Kreplaj, brims with restaurants and stores making, serving, and selling Jewish favorites. The owners of El Chiri de Villa Kreplaj (which everyone just calls Chiri) are staunch defenders of this heritage, but they aren’t looking back. This corner restaurant has a young, hip, welcoming vibe that attracts all sorts (it’s almost always busy). Old Jewish couples, hipsters, and neighborhood families come for fast service and all the Jewish classics done right. Their pastrami sandwich (pictured above bottom left) is epic. And their tender, sweet, and rich varnikes– dumpling-like pasta stuffed with potato, then boiled and topped with succulent and sweet sauteed onions–became an obsession (pictured above bottom right). There’s also a small but solid wine selection, cocktails, indoor and outdoor seating, and great value daily set lunch menu specials and afternoon drinks and snacks specials. Plus this place is open all day. What’s not to love?

Pizza is, of course, another great cheap eats option and Buenos Aires is full of pizzerias. Find the best–whether you want to try traditional porteño pizza or great Napoli-style pizza–in our post about where to get pizza in Buenos Aires.

 

Got a favorite budget-friendly place to eat in Buenos Aires that you don’t see in this post? Don’t keep it to yourself! Tell us about where you love to eat on a budget in Buenos Aires in the comments section below.

 

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