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Madrid, BCN & Granada - recs for non-foodies (but still good local food)

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Madrid, BCN & Granada - recs for non-foodies (but still good local food)

Wayno | Apr 1, 2014 03:37 PM

My significant other and her mother are going to spend about 10 days in Madrid, Granada and Barcelona in late April/early May, and they’ve asked me for dining recommendations, even though I take my eating very seriously and am pretty adventurous; and they are neither. It’s been about 5 years since I’ve been to Madrid and Granada and almost 10 since I’ve been to Barcelona. I remember eating very well in all 3 cities (which was one of the objectives of those trips), but the only names I recall are Tabernas in Madrid, Alkimia and Cal Pep in BCN and none from Granada (where I know I ate in one wine bar in the city center and in one hole-in-the-wall up the hill beyond the plaza where everyone gathers in the evening across the river from the Alhambra). Having done a bit of research, I’m wondering about Malaspina and Venta el Buscon in Madrid, and, for BCN, am wondering if Cal Pep is still one of THE places to go; I loved it. Basically, I’d like suggestions to pass on to them that are for places that are moderately priced, casual, serve good – but needn’t be great or creative – food that will not be challenging for a couple travelers with rather pedestrian tastes (but I don’t want them to eat dumbed-down, mediocre meals that are the equivalent of the Olive Garden). I want them to experience a true tapas restaurant/bar, and was thinking of suggesting an organized tapas tour. Also, sadly, I know they will object to dinner after 7:30 p.m. (which may be a limiting factor and is one of the reasons I am perfectly content not going on this vacation with them).

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