I'm looking forward to our trip to Barcelona and Catalonia this month, and have been reading about restos to try. I know that this part of Spain is at the heart of the molecular gastronomy movement, but I must admit that my forays into this type of restaurant experiences haven't been great, especially the cost: deliciousness factor. I live in a major metropolitan area, I travel, and I keep up on Chowhound, and other foodie sites. Should I give MG one more shot, while I'm in BCN? Are there any restaurants where I can try it without spending an arm and a leg?
I'm looking for other places to try. I'm working through recent BCN posts, and cross checking places mentioned in them. My friend and I enjoy the homey, peasanty foods of the places we visit. (Cassoulet vs. beef wellington, for example) I'm looking forward to local seafood (octopus! squid! sea urchin! oysters!) We are adventurous, and don't require fancy dining rooms. As much as we can, we'd like to avoid places overrun with tourists. We'll be staying in both the Gothic quarter and the El Eixample neighborhoods. We'll also travel to Girona, Figueres, and other towns in the Costa Brava area (feel free to recommend!)
I have a long list of places to try, and I'm more interested in hearing from locals or people who have spent a lot of (recent) time in Barcelona, than in "hounds" who have vacationed there. In my experience, folks who live in a place (especially those who love food) know the reliably great, neighborhood gems that give a great "bang for the buck".
Many thanks in advance!