Based on your suggestions and threads - some pasted here - I have found a list of moderately priced restaurants and tapas.
Please let me know if you have any serious reservations about these places. Mainly, I am interested in your tapas suggestions because I need to narrow these down.
LAS RAMBLAS AREA –
Bar Pinocchio: “in the La Boqueria market, just off Las Ramblas, is a gem of a place for good and freshly cooked tapas and refreshing cavas amidst the very colorful fruit, meat and vegetable stalls.” Any place in the Boqueria market is recommended, particularly El Quim de la Boqueria and Bar Pinocchio. Taktika Berri (València 169) is also supposed to be good and less crowded than Bar Pinocchio.
PARALLEL neighborhood, southeast of Las Ramblas
“Some of the absolute best tapas in BCN are at Quimet y Quimet. 25 Poeta Cabanyes and is truly a hole in the wall. Three bar stools and three high rise cocktail tables to stand at. If there is a wait, be patient and you shall be rewarded.” A lot of the tapas here is made from high quality canned foods.
Bar Jaica - Carrer de Ginebra: “It has a long bar with a few table indoors and several outdoor tables. Usually it is very crowded and spills into the street. It is on a small street off of the main street in Barceloneta. It is a tapas bar so lots of fried fish, croquettes, calamari, etc. Very smoky. Local but younger, 30ish crowd.”
AREA and PRICE?
Paco Merlago – "modern tapas bar with a great seafood counter (order the tallines = wedge clams, zamburinas = sweet small scallops and pepitos de ternera = veal sliders)." Considered to be one of the “best” by Chowhounders. OPEN SUNDAY!
Near Gaudi buildings - Rambla de Catalunya 100/Diagonal Metro
La Bodegueta - nice, rustic tapas place near….”the acorn fed jamon was delish!”
In El born neighborhood:
La Paradeta – 93-268-19-39 Call ahead Tues-Thurs 8-11:30pm; Fri 8pm-midnight; Sat 1-4pm and 8pm-midnight; Sun 1-4pm Address: Comercial 7. 20 euro w/ wine.
Senyor Parellada (Carrer Argenteria 37, Tel 933105094) “is “simple, traditional and good, with a lengthy menu. It's very popular so try to reserve or show up at 8:25 for the dinner opening at 8:30. Open for lunch too. [On the same street, Carrer Argenteria, the main street in El Born, there are several good restaurants and tapas bars. You can't go wrong with any of them]” 8 euro – 15 euro entrees
Santa Maria – highly recommended on this site and El Borne - C/Comerç, 17
36 euro tasting menu. “the chef worked both in el bulli and in japan, he created a combination of excellent twisted tapas and sushi.”