Opposite the plaza Oh! Santino (25 de Mayo and Joaquín V. González) is an upgraded bar-confitería that aspires to be a full-scale restó, and at least the decor is there.
Having moved from the now defunct Club Árabe, Jaime y Alicia (Avenida Presidente Perón s/n) still produces tasty versions of Middle Eastern specialties like niños envueltos (stuffed grape leaves) at low prices.
For parrillada, the best option is La Posta (19 de Febrero and Roque Lanús, tel. 03825/42-5988). The most diverse menu is at La Rosa (Alberto G. Ocampo 149, tel. 03825/42-4693), which serves an above-average Argentine menu and good pizza in attractive surroundings, but service can be inconsistent.
For the biggest menu, and best service, try the local institution El Rancho de Ferrito (Pelagio B. Luna 647, tel. 03825/42-2481), a cavernous parrilla and restaurant with high ceilings, tremendous regional atmosphere, and affordable prices—few entrées exceed US$6. The English menu translation also provides entertainment, at least for those who appreciate “Crowing of Chicken to the Switzerland.”
Helados Vanesa (Joaquín V. González 50) has the best ice cream.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition