Hello Chowhounders. Thought I would share my weekend experience in Benidorm, a popular resort on the Costa Blanca in Spain. Went with people from Zaragoza who summer there and showed me good places to go in the city to eat. Found it somewhat difficult due to many touristy places but here's a few places they took me to. These are all in the "Spanish area" as they called it in the southern part of the city near Playa Poniente:
Breakfast/Café: Cafetería Levantina
c./Marques de Comillas, 36. I avoided all of the restaurants across the street from the beach since they only offered Bimbo bread toast and bad coffee. Headed to this place, with Zegafredo café and amazing patries and bread. The napolitana de crema I ate resembled the crust and taste of an ensaimada, a typical Mallorcan pastry. Also tried a tuna/spinach empanada that was out of this world and very filling despite its small size. Definitely worth seeking out.
Lunch: Casa Modesto - Seafood
Playa de Finestrat (Tel: +34 96 585 86 37)
Incredible, incredible, incredible. Ordered a paella for 4 that was amazing with a smoky consistency and great flavor. Also had sepia (cuttlefish) en tu tinta and fried chopitos (not sure what the translation is). This restaurant is on the beach and has fantastic views. It's on the extreme southern end of Benidorm.
Dinner: Altea - Pizzería Crepería La Forchetta
c./Concepción, 3 (Tel: +34 965 84 17 85)
Altea, a hilltop town replete with quaint shops and restaurants, is a complete contrast to Benidorm. Highly recommend a visit to this town even if you're not eating. Resembles a whitewashed Mediterranean town. Had no idea where to eat, and found this place in the Yellow Pages, called, made a reservation, and ate there. Three of us ordered pasta dishes while one opted for a lasagna dish (Lasaña de salmonete), which by far topped all of our pasta dishes. Food is very interesting and resembles a fusion of Spanish/Italian cuisines. I ordered the Chopitos pasta that came served with Spinach Fettucini. Pasta was overcooked but the dish was fine. Desserts were sensational and highly recommended. Chef received Italian training and it shows in the flavor of the food.
Hope this helps people going to the area! If I go back again, can anyone else contribute to Altea?