style / mindset / simplicity
style / mindset / simplicity
The Spanish have a brilliant way of eating. Tapas are genius. They offer the option of a little or a lot. By eating tapas, it becomes possible to taste lots of dishes in the same meal. Ordering seconds of things that disappear quickly the first time around. I love eating in Spain.
Here's a quick recap my three favorite spots to stop for food or drink when in Madrid.
1. Casa Labra. This is a favorite destination for my family. Just the thought of it makes us smile.
This gem is a two minute walk from Puerta del Sol. It is easy to find...sits just across from a large
El Corte Inglés (department store). It is open every day of the year except for New Year's Day.
It is not to be missed!
Most likely you will stand in line with lots of locals. That's how you know it's a good spot.
When it's your turn at the counter, place your croquetas order and move on to the bar to get a beer. The beer is served in small glasses, ice cold! Such a treat after a day of sigh- seeing or shopping...and it won't ruin your dinner.
2. Casa Lucio. Casa Lucio opened in 1974. Méson El Segoviano restaurant operated in the same spot for 100 years. Casa Lucio's owner, Lucio Blazquez began working at Méson El Segoviano when he was just 12 years old. Cool.
I love this Tripadvisor review from Marcos Simpson, Dublin, Ireland. He sums it up brilliantly....
"brilliant - anyone who says different just doesn't get it” Reviewed October 17, 2014
If you have friends - go
if you love spanish food - go
if you have a mischievous side - go
if you love healthy irreverence - go
if you get the idea of going to one of the best restaurants in the world to have egg and chips - go
don't go if you are cynical, are going with a view to find fault, are expecting waiters to speak english, french, german or japanese, have never read Hemingway or don;t understand the importance of food in spanish culture." Visited October 2014
Casa Lucio is old school and old world. It is filled with locals. The main family meal of the week happens on Sunday afternoon. Casa Lucio is bustling and full of Madrilenos. Dining here on Sunday is a treat.
My family was in Madrid for Thanksgiving a few years ago. We chose Casa Lucio for our Thanksgiving dinner. While we didn't dine on turkey and traditional American fare...it was an experience that none of us will ever forget. Incredible!
Note: The first time my husband and I dined at Casa Lucio, we messed up. We didn't order the eggs and chips (french fries). Every other plate that the seasoned waitstaff carried past our table was piled with broken fried eggs and french fries. We knew we had missed the best of Casa Lucio.
Rest assured...we haven't made that mistake again.
Order the eggs. Lucio's Scrambled Eggs... aka Huevos Estrellados de Lucio.
3. Bar Cock. This awesome bar is easy to walk past and miss completely. Don't. Find it. Go in and order your favorite cocktail. It will be delicious. I can speak with authority on their Negroni. It's perfect.... and gets better with the free house snacks of the best-potato-chips-ever and Spanish olives. You will want to snuggle into a leather sofa and stay all evening.
Located off the beaten track...down a quiet street... Calle de la Reina, 16, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Bar Cock is worth finding.
Thanks for reading. More tomorrow...