Meat, meat, meat. It may get repetitive, but it’s hard to stress how important “asado” is to the traditional Argentinean diet. Here in Cordoba you’ll also encounter regional variations like Locro, a meaty Quechua stew heavy on the corn and/or squash, along with delicious empanadas, pizzas, and other Mediterranean inspired treats that harken back to many years of European immigration. And don’t forget the sweet breads, called medialunas; they’re a local specialty.
If you’re looking for restaurants, you’ll find plenty to choose from in this city of 1.5 million residents. Popular stretches of gastronomic real estate can be found along Av. Hipolito Yrigoyen, with mainstays like Johnny B. Good and Faustino serving up tasty but high priced meals near the popular Paseo del Buen Pastor, and the Canal (La Cañada ), which has plenty of casual outdoor patio atmosphere to keep things simple. There’s also the scenic hilltop Cerro de las Rosas neighborhood farther west, which has seen a slight loss of nightlife enthusiasts in recent years but no dearth in hungry locals/visitors. It’s a particularly good choice for those feeling peckish in the late night hours.
You can find plenty of options around the Jesuit Square as well, but like anywhere else in the world the real gems are located mostly outside the bustle of must see attractions and the throngs of inebriated weekend revelers. Names like Betos (Bv. San Juan 450) for steak and La Vieja Esquina (Caseros 300) for empanadas are good names to remember, but don’t shy away from asking locals or following your nose. There’re always new tastes and unexpected flavors to uncover in Argentina’s 2nd largest city.