Those traveling in Argentina for any length of time will discover tenedor libres, or ‘free fork’ restaurants (read: all-you-can-eat). They’re a great option for those with big appetites and small wallets, or groups who can’t agree on what they want to eat.
Many of Argentina’s all-you-can-eat cafeterias are run by Chinese families, and they are all pretty similar to each other. There are a few buffets tables with everything from sushi to salads and chow mein to empanadas.
Bariloche’s First Tenedor Libre
As with many tenedor libres, the decoration at Cerros Nevados is depressing — the light is too bright and the walls could use a paint job. But what’s special about Bariloche’s first tenedor libre is the experienced asador (grill chef) who cooks the meat with the kind of gaucho artistry that you’ll only find in Patagonia.
You can request as many servings of sausage, chicken and steaks from the parilla (barbecue grill) as you want.
Dieters beware — if the appetizers, main courses and parilla doesn’t cause you to burst, desserts include an assortment of cakes, custards, and fresh fruit with cream or dulce de leche (sweet milk).
As one of Bariloche’s only tenedor libres, Cerros Nevados is recommended for undiscriminating budget travelers with big post-ski or post-hike appetites.
Cerros Nevados – $$
• Hours:12:00 a.m-4:00p.m.;
8:00p.m. -12:00p.m. everyday