The minute I arrive in Madrid, I head for El Brillante (photo attached), a bar-sandwich place that has the best fried calamares bocodillos in Madrid. (They even have a sign in the window that says so!) Really casual, it's got a bar on one side of the brightly lit, open space, and the fry-up/sandwich station on the other. No waiters. No tables. You take your food to counters that have a few stools. Really easy, cheap. Calamares, tortillas, basic tapas selections. Students stop on their way home from school, locals, tourists.
I'm heading for Barcelona in two weeks. Anyone know of something similar there? With all that seafood, I feel certain there is a similar place that I just don't know about.
Thanks for any leads.