Monday, April 29, 2019

Once You Go Black Pan You Never Want to Go Back

If you're ever in Cordoba and are craving a mouth-watering burger that will make your toes curl, I recommend Black Pan. It's located in Nueva Cordoba at Av. HipĆ³lito Yrigoyen 419, and they have some fabulous business hours that ignore the Argentine siesta. Trust me! Once you go Black Pan you never want to go back.

Their hours are:
Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. (AWESOME!!!)
Saturday from 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.

But what makes this place different from all the other burger joints in Cordoba or Buenos Aires? Well, as the name of the restaurant suggests, their buns are black but don't let that weird you out. The aesthetics of this burger may be different from the type of burgers you'd find at most fast food places, but your taste buds will have an out of this world experience.
Once you order at the counter, you'll be given a beeper that will flash once your food is ready. 
In the meantime, you can choose to sit on the ground floor or the second level. If the weather is nice, you can sit in the outdoor dining area, too.
Translation: Think Globally, Eat Locally
They also offer a variety of menu items. You can pick a basic burger or one that has double cheddar, onions, and more. Sadly, they use panceta instead of bacon (and no, it's not the same!) because the latter is pretty tough to find down here. The menu prices are decent too. Just remember these are Argentine pesos, not USD, so don't panic.
Convert any of the menu item prices into USD using this site.

The menu also offers a veggie burger. You can even order a salad, which isn't shown on these menus but can be seen on the overhead menu at the register.
You can also order a variety of differently prepared fries and onion rings as your side. My personal favorite are the nachos! Back home you could go to a Denny's and order yourself a nacho platter with ground beef, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Although Black Bun doesn't offer all that, it does come with cheese and panceta. Oh and by the way, the nachos are also black just like the buns. Unfortunately, the last time we were there, the cashier told us that they might be taking the black nachos off the menu because they're having issues importing them.
If you still have space in your stomach for dessert, Black Pan offers ice cream on a stick. Alright! So it's not exactly over the top, but a sweet treat is a great way to end a dining experience.
But I'll admit, I didn't really want to leave. I love the decor and the fact that the dining area wasn't packed between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 
There's also something inviting about the interior´s design. This is the kind of restaurant I would have expected to find in B.A. But it was nice seeing it here in our host province of Cordoba.

I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that it stays in business because that's a tough thing for restaurants to do in the deteriorating Argentine economy.

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