“Any city worth its salt has a signature sandwich,” writes Chantal Martineau in a recent article for award winning magazine Saveur, but few cities are as proud of their sandwich as Santiago is of its chacarero.
A variation of the classic churrasco, the chacarero comes loaded with shredded meat, drowned in mashed avocado and mayonnaise, spiced up with ají verde (green chillies), and topped of with green beans.
Martineau goes on to pick a list of the best five places to get this classic sandwich, a brave undertaking in a city with so many great sandwicherías. In a spirit of solidarity, we at This is Chile have decided to throw three more options into the ring, knowing full well that we’ll still miss a few legendary locals.
If you want to go to a place that takes its chacarero seriously, you can’t go past the Shopería Munich. A classic venue for a pre or post match sandwich, Munich is run by a former professional soccer player, and photos of Chilean soccer heroes from across the ages cover every inch of its walls.
Drop into Munich on the night of a game at nearby Estadio Nacional and you might even eat your sandwich beside some of the Chilean soccer legends that frequent Munich, including Marcelo Salas and Iván Zamorano
Avenida Vicuña Mackenna 480, Ñuñoa
Telephone: (02) 222 9326
If Munich’s the place for a no-frills chacarero, Ciudad Vieja is the place to get something a little more experimental. The second restaurant by the owner of one of Santiago’s hippest foodie hang-out, El Ciudadano, this sandwichería is distinguished by being served on Chile’s signature marraqueta bread, as well as for its rough-cut accompanying wedges.
Alternatively, if you really want to mix things up, opt for one of the many creations of the house, like the aji de gallina sandwich.
Calle Constitución 92, Bella Vista
Telephone: (02) 248 9548
We’ve covered the classic and the experimental, but if you want big, then you can’t go past La Terraza, where size definitely counts.
Near Plaza Italia, in the heart of Santiago, this is the place to go to fuel up before for a big day of sightseeing, and to check out the locals who frequent this restaurant that considers Chilean food a sacred mission.
Avenida Vicuna Mackenna 24, Providencia
Telephone: 02 222 9789
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