La Boca’s Don Carlos is heaven for the indecisive. Since there is no menu, the restaurant’s namesake owner sizes you up and intuits what you need. The idea is to feel like you’re at home, where the whims of whoever’s cooking determine what comes out of the kitchen. Everything is made from scratch, in-house, and reflects what you’d get in a typical Argentine household: pastas, Spanish tortillas, vegetable croquettes, juicy grilled meats. Plates come out in quick succession until you say uncle. Wash them down with a bottle from their impressive wine list; you’ll leave with a full belly and a smile. Closed Sundays and Boca soccer match days.
It doesn’t get any more authentic than Don Carlos, a modest parrilla (steak house) in the La Boca neighborhood, right next to the legendary Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Despite its unassuming appearance, this place has big-name fans who come regularly for the outstanding grilled meats. Owner Carlitos prefers to dispense with menus; he'll figure out what you want and keep bringing plates to the table until you can eat no more.
By John Oseid, AFAR Local Expert