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"Bar El Federal is one of over 70 of Buenos Aires' "Bares Notables." These are old, traditional cafe/bars where Argentines of literary, musical, and political fame used to meet and discuss ideas. Bar El Federal is one of 5 'Bares Notables' in the San Telmo neighborhood. The others are: Bar Sur, Bar Británico, La Poesia, and Bar Hipopótamo. These bars have well conserved Argentine history and tradition, which you'll see in photos and decorations on the walls. The insides are full of dark wood and give the feeling of stepping back in time. The menus in these restaurants are usually quite similar if not exactly the same. They have raviolis, gnocchis, and other pasta dishes, as well as several meat options (of course, this is Argentina)! There are also the standard cafe options with media lunas. They generally don't do lunch promos but have some of the best Spanish Tortillas in the city. We went on a Friday afternoon around 2:30 pm and had no problem to get a table inside or outside (the weekends do get pretty crowded and waits are longer). We ordered: Spanish Tortilla (highly recommended) Pumpkin ravioli with fileto sauce Turkey ravioli with 4 cheese sauce Three item salad Lemonade The total was 4780 pesos (About $20 USD) I've tried several of the pastas here, and the pumpkin ravioli is the absolute best. I prefer it with the mushroom sauce. "
"Try the Spanish tortilla (omelet) and a picada (charcuterie board) at this historical bar."

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