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Barcelona--prime casual spots for seafood? AND Comments on my itinerary, por favor

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Barcelona--prime casual spots for seafood? AND Comments on my itinerary, por favor

erica | Feb 12, 2011 11:20 AM

I've not been to Barcelona in about 10 years. On that trip, I fell head over heels with Cal Pep and had several stupendous lunches and dinners there. I've read, however, that the food is perhaps not as it was and that the restaurant is patronized mostly by tourists.

Where else can I go to have that experience--sitting at the bar, eating fabulous, simply prepared seafood?

I will have a week in the city, beginning in early March. I will travel with a friend whose budget will not allow 100 euro dinners. This is what I have planned so far for dinners:

Sunday night: Paco Meralgo

Tuesday night: Hisop

Wednesday night: Tickets (this will be the night after the opening)

Friday night: I hope to book Cinq Sentits

So, I have three nights remaining and am seeking the (usually excellent) advice of Hounds here..I like the experience of eating at the bar but would like to be able to book ahead. I am willing to eat early by Barcelona standards--8pm is fine.

Places on my possible list include Tapac 24, Can Ravall, Quimet Quimet, Lolita and Taverna del Clinic...

One lunchtime I would like to travel out of the city for calcots. I did not get much response about this on another thread, but have compiled a few names of restaurants including one in Vilanova i La Geltru (Cal Xarli) that sounds good.. And another near Sant Cugat.

I also planned a couple of early lunches at La Boqueria. I've read reams of reviews, but I would love to hear comments here on the various eating spots within the market and what to order at these.

I am a big fan of seafood, and of artichokes, but basically eat almost anything. (Should I try those sea cucumbers/espardeneyes that seem so gruesome in Chinese restaurants in the US?) Particularly love clams, berberechos, and any kind of shrimp or prawn.

Should I really cross Cal Pep off my list?

I am considering a dinner at Passadis del Pep; could we just have the parade of seafood tapas and forego the main course? (Again, I do not want the meal for two to get into the 200 euro range)

Mil gracias...

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