Happy Hour at Buenos Aires Cafe

10.01.2014 by: Leah McGarry
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Although the temperature reached 90 degrees yesterday, it still felt like the perfect early fall day to grab some happy hour drinks and snacks on a patio. We opted for Buenos Aires Café, the first Argentine restaurant in Austin with locations both on the East Side and the Hill Country Galleria

Narrow patio at Buenos Aires Café, Hill Country Galleria

The Galleria location has a cozy patio situated between a couple of buildings, making it feel a bit like a quiet Argentinean alleyway. We started off our happy hour with a couple of drinks – a classic mojito and the Dark and Stormy, made with rum, ginger beer and lime.

  

Classic Mojito

    

Dark & Stormy

During Happy Hour (3-6pm), the restaurant offers several appetizers, small bites, and full plates at discounted prices. When you visit, you simply can’t miss the empanadas. We tried the carne picante, the carne suave, and the pollo. The carne suave, or mild ground beef, was our favorite. Though the spicy beef was almost as good, we felt the flavors of the green onions, raisins, green olives and spices stood out better against the milder beef.

      

Signature beef and chicken empanadas

We also sampled the chorizo, which sat atop fresh slices of bread and drizzled with more of the delicious chimichurri. Last but certainly not least, we tried the pumpkin gnocchi, served with sautéed organic apple and sage butter - the perfect accompaniment to our "fall" mood.

          

Chorizo

Pumpkin Gnocchi

Our visit to Buenos Aires was the perfect way to break up the week, and all the dishes left us wanting more. Plus, Buenos Aires offers more than great food, drinks and desserts – the East location has Tango Thursdays, and the Galleria location has live music almost every night of the week.

Next time you’re craving bold flavors in an intimate setting, check out one of the two Buenos Aires locations.

Official website: Buenos Aires Cafe

TAGS : East Austin , Lake Travis/Hill Country Galleria , Buenos Aires Cafe-East Side , Buenos Aires Cafe-Galleria