We tried a few restaurants on the north end this last trip (December). El Emporio was very good. (We tried the ribeye, the short ribs and the Uraguyan Chicken. All were flavorful, too much sauce on the chicken but it was good). At La Portena we only had a snack of empanadas and they were good. I really loved the pizza at Piola although the rest of my travelers preferred La Pummarola. This was our first time to eat at La Cueva del Chango and we enjoyed two delicious breakfasts there. We also had dinner at La Bodeguita del Medio and thought the food was tasty but the choices were very limited. Also ate at El Pirata on calle 40 between 5th and 10th avenues for lunch one day. Spicy green (more watery style) salsa, interesting feel about the place. It felt "local" but had a lot of tourists. I would try it again. Food was good, but nothing exceptional. For beach club food, we preferred Kool over Mamitas. We also liked the service at the El Fogon that is the furthest north on 30th avenue (calle 30/calle 32?) Wow, all of a sudden I'm getting hungry.