Food truck culture is a growing culinary trend that has expedited the chef from the kitchen to the driver seat. These kitchens on wheels chop the unhealthy stigma out of fast food and quickly serve high quality dishes to the customer. If hunting down food trucks in Buenos Aires, then look no further than the smoking showroom of food truck havens: La Costanera Sur and Norte.
The 24 food trucks located in La Costanera serve bondiolas, choripanes, hamburgesas completas and other local favorites until 11 pm every day. Almost all welcome customers with tables and chairs for a more relaxed dining experience, and if you’re craving a cold one, just ask the cook if alcohol is served. With unique names like ‘La parrilla de mis sueños’ (the grill of my dreams) and ‘Mi Parrillon’ (My Grill), each food truck has a unique vibe. Don’t forget to try the different condiments and sauces like chimichurri, salsa criolla, and infused mayonnaises.
The boom in social media has turned up the heat in popularity for food trucks in Buenos Aires. Finding your favorite food truck is as easy as searching Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Foursquare.
Spotting El Camaleón Rutero in the street shouldn’t be difficult considering it’s been colorfully painted with a giant chameleon, Gauchito Gil (a local pagan saint) and animal print stamps. Chef Sebastián Valles, owner of La Pescadorita and La Dorita, together with head chef Mariano Arriaga, has concocted a unique camelion of food service. El Camaleón Rutero changes its menu depending on the day and the event.
Rolling in from Rosario, the original capital city of Argentina, chef Gonzalo Aguirre, sister Catalin and friend Manuel Paggi whip up a mean burger at Sweet Pepper. This food truck is described as 100% American style food and has seen huge success since its opening. Each Saturday and Sunday they can be found at El Puente de Frutos in Tigre from 11 to 20:00. They also serve a sweet bondiola glazed with a Jack Daniels sauce and fresh coleslaw. Whereabouts: Los Mimbres 1220, Tigre.
While the food truck culture is zooming away in many cities in the United States and Canada, it’s still revving up in Buenos Aires. Local legislation has been putting the breaks on where exactly you can cook and drive. But have no fear because most food trucks can be found at outdoor festivals, concerts and events. Expect to see more and more culinary surprises pulling up to more and more neighborhoods in the near future. Buen provecho!
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