What to Eat
El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina

Luxury

Casimiro Bigua

A restaurant and wine bar with a interior and modern menu serving such delights as Patagonian lamb with calafate sauce (calafate is a local wild berry). The Casimiro Biguá Parrilla, down the street from the main restaurant, has a similar trendy  feel, except there is recognize the parrilla by the cordero al asador (spit-roasted lamb) displayed in the window.

Trendy

La Tablita

Here you can watch your food as it’s cooking: Patagonian lamb and beef ribs roast gaucho style on frames hanging over a circular asador, and an enormous grill along the back wall is full of steaks, chorizos, and morcilla (blood sausage). The whole place is filled with a warm glow despite the lackluster decor.

Budget

La Lechuza

This bustling joint is known for having some of the best pizza in town. The brick oven and thin crust make for a more authentic, Italian-style taste and texture than at most spots. Their empanadas are just as good—pick up a few and you have the perfect pastry pick-me-up during a long day’s exploring.