<strong>ARGENTINE EATS:</strong>  Try the "pimientos rellenos," red and yellow bell peppers stuffed with coconut rice and ground beef.

James Sinclair

ARGENTINE EATS: Try the "pimientos rellenos," red and yellow bell peppers stuffed with coconut rice and ground beef.

Café Buenos Aires

A Cosmopolitan Spot for an Eclectic Fusion of Argentinean and Latin American Flavors

Where: 1316 State Street, 963-0242,

What: A cosmopolitan spot for an eclectic fusion of Argentinean and Latin American flavors.

How Much: Lunch sandwiches $9.75, dinner tapas $8-$10, mariscos à la plancha $24.

The Dish: A twinkle-lit courtyard across from the Arlington Theatre is the longtime home of Café Buenos Aires, established in 1992 by Wally and Silvia Ronchietto. The lengthy lunch and dinner menus feature Argentine (which is heavily influenced by European roots) and Latin American cuisine in the form of tapas, stuffed empanadas, rellenos, and charcoal-grilled trout, to name a few. Lunchtime favorites include small plates, such as Peruvian ceviche and spicy pimiento peppers. Also on deck are sandwiches and a variety of Argentine spiced fish and meat entrées. Dinner ushers in more tapas and a focus on pescados, mariscos, and carnes. Camarones Cubanos ($20) is shrimp sautéed with apples and raisins, coconut rice, plantains, and coconut curry sauce. A Churrasco dish plates grilled New York steak, sweet potato fries, seasonal veggies, and chimichurri porteno sauce. For dessert try the Panqueque de Manzana, a rich crêpe laced with fresh apples and flambéed with Jamaican rum.

Cafe Buenos Aires

1316 State St., Santa Barbara, CA
805-963-0242. More Info

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