I'm going to Europe for a vacation with some Rick Steves' guidebooks
but I wanted to get some feedback about his recommended restaurants for Barcelona in 2012.
And, if I know whether or not I can trust his restaurant recommendations for Barcelona, it'll give me some ideas if I can trust his restaurant recommendations for the other European cities I'll also be visiting.
In general, what do you think of his recommendations:
Lunch near Ramblas:
Taverna Basca Irati
Cafe Granja Viader
Near La Boqueria Market:
Restaurant la Gardunya
La Mar Salada
In Barri Gotic:
Cafe de l'Academia
La Crema Canela
Tapas on Carrer de la Merce in Barri Gotic:
Tasca el Corral
Sideria Tasca La Socarrena
In Ribera District, near Picasso Museum:
Sagardi Euskal Taberna
Taller de Tapas
Restaurante la Palmera
Tapas Bars in Eixample:
Ciudad Condal Cervecceria
And, he also recommended turron at Casa Colomina, Churros con Chocolate at Granja La Pallaresa, and homemade chocolate at Fargas.
I'm not expecting this list to be the best possible restaurants in the city. But, I'm looking for good, tasty food that's going to be near the tourist attractions.
With limited time, I'm not going to go see a tourist attraction and then make a separate trip all the way across the city for lunch if there's no nearby tourist attraction near lunch spot.
Are there any places on this list that stand out as really good, or something to avoid at all costs?