published Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Get a taste of Argentina at the Chattanooga Market

A Taste of Argentina serves specialty foods such as empanadas and choripan sandwiches, above, every Sunday at Chattanooga Market.
A Taste of Argentina serves specialty foods such as empanadas and choripan sandwiches, above, every Sunday at Chattanooga Market.


The place: A Taste of Argentina mobile food trailer.

The dish: Two empanadas, one choripan sandwich.

The cost: $10.50.

Phone number: 255-5163.

Where to find it: Sundays at Chattanooga Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesdays at Warehouse Row,11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fidays at Miller Plaza, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and in the evening during Nightfall (starting in May).

After a brisk walk around downtown Sunday morning, we headed to First Tennessee Pavilion for opening day of Chattanooga Market. We had three goals in mind: Buy fresh produce for dinner; get there early enough to get one of the free fruit trees being handed out; and buy lunch from one of the new food trucks.

We were successful on all counts.

The plan was to buy food from both the Korean taco truck and A Taste of Argentina, which are new at the market. We passed on the tacos, though, because the line was shorter at the other truck.

The menu at A Taste of Argentina is fairly simple with a few sandwiches, french fries and empanadas. These deep-fried pastries are filled with meat, in this instance, ground beef. We got two of those and a choripan sandwich. It's a grilled sausage served on a hoagie, and it came with onions, peppers and a chimichurri sauce.

The peppers gave it a somewhat sweet flavor, which balanced well with the sausage and the chimichurri. I liked it better than my wife did.

We liked the empanadas quite a bit. The meat and egg blend was well seasoned. Next time, I will try the eggplant sandwich, which features a grilled slice of eggplant, spinach, garlic and basil cooked in olive oil.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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