In a neighborhood where posh cafes and restaurants always seem to be either coming or going, Bar del Gallego is a true Palermo institution. This family-owned breakfast and lunch spot offers up a daily dose of no-nonsense comfort food at very reasonable prices â€“ perfect for the hungry, budget-minded traveler. Menu items include typical parrilla dishes, sandwiches, pastas, salads, daily specials and deserts. For a great value, try the tallarines de espinaca con estofado (tagliatelle pasta made with spinach and topped with a healthy portion of tender roast) with the tasty recargo de pesto (side of pesto) for about $3.50 USD. The coffee here is also particularly good and about half the price of neighboring cafes. The lunch rush, between noon and 3:00 p.m., attracts a friendly, mixed crowd that makes it worth visiting during these hours.
80 year-old Emilio Sangil, who immigrated to Argentina to escape the economic hardships of his native Spain in the 1950s, opened Bar del Gallego in 1960 to cater to Palermoâ€™s then-vibrant working class. As Palermo made the conversion from blue-collar to chic, a number of television, film and media companies set up shop in the area (which is why this corner of Palermo carries the "Hollywoodâ€ť appellation), almost forcing Sangil to sell his location in order to make room for a proposed office complex in 1991. Luckily, Sangil held out against the US-owned Canal AmĂ©rica 2 â€“ and the considerable cash offers of up to $900,000 USD â€“ explaining that he would rather tear down the building to construct a plaza for the neighborhood kids than sell his spot. Sangil and sons still run the restaurant six days a week.
Two entrances on the corner of Bonpland and Honduras: Bonpland 1703 and Honduras 5693
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Atmosphere: Outdoor/patio dining, nice view
Service Features:Takeout, children friendly
Bar Features:Full bar, wine / beer, bring your own beer, no alcohol served
Dress Code: Casual
Reservation: Not necessary
Park Options: Yes