When You’re Crying for Argentina but Don’t Need Steak

“Argentinean food” just means steak to a lot of people, but for more everyday food, there are a bunch of hole-in-the-wall joints that are pretty much like holes-in-the-wall in Buenos Aires.

Mercado Buenos Aires has good choripan (sausage sandwich), empanadas, and fried cheese. Service is straight outta BA–the staff would rather be watching futbol.

Grand Casino, a bakery, makes tasty empanadas that are baked instead of fried, says Dommy.

DiveFan points to the empanadas and Argentinean sandwiches at the deli counter of the Argentinean-owned Continental Market.

If it’s fugazza you want, the Argentinean answer to pizza, minus the sauce, try Carniceria Argentina, says Jerome. There’s also Catalina’s Market.

Colo’s is a tiny place tucked into the back of a North Hollywood mini-mall. It’s pretty darn good, says Steve Doggie-Dogg, and they have a butcher shop too.

It’s no longer a hole in the wall, says silvana, but Tito’s Market still is a great place to go for empanadas and other Argentinean goodies.

And if you just can’t live without a hunk of beef, you might as well hit up Carlito’s Gardel, which somehow isn’t as well known as it should be, for a melt-in-your-mouth steak.

Mercado Buenos Aires [East San Fernando Valley]
7540 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys
818-786-0522
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Grand Casino French Bakery [Culver City-ish]
3826 Main St., Culver City
310-202-6969
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Continental Gourmet Market [South LA]
12921 Prairie Ave., Hawthorne
310-676-5444
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Carnicera Argentina [East San Fernando Valley]
11740 Victory Blvd., at Colfax, North Hollywood
818-762-9977
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Catalina’s Market [East Hollywood]
1070 N. Western Ave., at Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
323-464-3595
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Colos [East San Fernando Valley]
11009 Burbank Blvd., at Vineland, North Hollywood
818-761-2363
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Tito’s Market [East LA-ish]
9814 Garvey Ave., El Monte
626-579-1893
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Carlitos Gardel [West Hollywood]
7963 Melrose Ave., at Fairfax, Los Angeles
323-655-0891
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