I wanted to post a few quick reviews to Chowhound after my April visit to Barcelona. I'll avoid re-posting about places we've all talked up - suffice to say that a quick search on the boards yields a lot of info about where to (and not to) eat.
And, least it be missed, a wonderful meal can be had simply by purchasing fresh ingredients (bread, cheese, iberico, sardines, etc) at the Mercado. A picnic fit for a king!
Two places off the beaten track might be:
Teresa Carles, a vegetarian restaurant very close to Plaza Catalunya. We ate several fantastic meals there - all were a reasonable 15-25 euros, and found the courses to be well prepared with fresh ingredients. All in all, a series of interesting and tasty meals. Address: Jovellanos, 2
Cafe Te Quiero, a cafe outside of Catalunya by a few blocks. A totally charming space, wonderful staff and some nice dishes for breakfast (would have been fun to try for lunch). Wifi, a sofa, and books - a fun space for chilling! Address - Diputacio, 280
And, for the chocolate lovers, don't miss:
Chocolatiers Enriq Rovira and Cacao Sampaka continue to impress; the difference between politically liberal and conservative, I suppose. Chocolates at Rovira are incredibly interesting; tea-infused chocolates were especially tasty this year. The tablet of 'chocoate' (pure, with little sugar or refinement) is also brilliant. Cacao Sampaka, on the other hand, produces wonderful single-origin and bar chocolates.