LocationReservistas Argentinos 219, Liniers
Buenos Aires Argentina
Far from the touristy Palermo bubble stands one of the last no-frills meat sanctuaries in the city. It takes the subway, two buses, and a walk for me to get to El Ferroviario, which is located under the highway, in an unmarked parking lot near the Estadio José Amalfitani soccer stadium in the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
El Ferroviario started as a members-only buffet for associates and employees of the on-premise sports club, a place designed to hold large parties and special events. But once they began filling the grills to the brim with meat, the crowds flocked and an asado palace was born.
Today, the massive restaurant sits nearly three hundred people, with an outside tarp fitting one hundred more, and it’s always a scene—especially on the weekends when walk-ins wait nearly two hours for a table. It’s the type of place you’d go with a group of rowdy friends or a big Argentine family. It has everything a local looks for in a parrilla: prices are cheap, portions are super-sized, service is quick, and there’s enough meat to put you in an instant carne coma. On Saturday nights, check out the musical performance, because there’s nothing that screams authentic Argentine experience like gnawing on a giant beef rib while listening to a live cumbia band.