El Faro: Expensive
No, I'm not proud of my decision to stop and to eat in Antequera.
The restaurant is well located, by the highway, it looks nice, the stake was big, but the prices were so high that I think they payed a high salary to the flies that made us company during all the lunch.
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Molina de Las Pilas: Intriguing restaurant in converted olive mill
Not only does the menu offer some unusual twists to local fare but the restaurant itself has plenty to hold your interest. Set in a converted olive oil mill, the original 'workings' have pride of place in the centre of the restaurant with tables weaved in between the huge pieces.
The menu offers some great dishes; venison in redcurrant sauce, lamb shank baked with honey and rosemary, 'scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms and truffles, baby red peppers stuffed with black pudding..............and all reasonably priced.
This place is also a hotel with 6 rooms available and features in the Special Places to Stay book.
A la Fuerza Cafe and Chocolateria: If chocolate's your thing - head here!
This is a great little stop for either breakfast, lunch or a coffee. There's always a nice buzz here with a blend of locals and Antequera daytrippers just chilling and enjoying the simple food on offer. It's a modern, efficient cafe and I particularly like the photographic prints displayed by local artists.
Breakfast: toasted local bread with olive oil and tomato (ham too) or filled mollete rolls
Lunch: decent Menu of the Day is always available
But the biggest attraction seems to be the churros and chocolate. Churros are like long streams of light doughnut dough lightly fried and then dipped into chocolate - I say dipped, this stuff is so thick and so very chocolatey, dipping has to become an art form.
Hotel Castilla Restaurante: Get your good grub here
The restaurant/bar doesn't look look very flash inside but the food is certainly worth it. It looks like a typical Andaluz place with tiles on the walls and a bar at the front ,then a place to sit and drink a coffee, then the Comedor (eating zone) at the back.
I would recommend it for lunch the most.
Favorite Dish: Duck with Orange Sauce for 10 or so Euros.
My friend had the seafood and it was cheaper than mine and really good too.
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Confitería Marengo: Confitería Marengo
Confitería Marengo is a good place for a lunch time snack as a change from the many tapis bars. There are a lot of tempting meringues, cakes, pastries etc. to eat there or to have wrapped up to take home!
In our rental car: A picnic by the rocks
It was coming up on 1 PM by the time we headed down off Torcal but, since Sevilla was still quite a drive away, we decided to pull off the narrow park road onto one of their many pull-outs with a view so we could have a little 'picnic' of sorts in our rental car. Before heading off into the wilds of Spain we always made sure to stop at a Super Mercado (supermarket) in one of the larger towns to stock up on supplies that we kept in the back of the car for situations just like this.
We noticed after pulling over to prepare our meal that things seemed to be picking up as more and more cars also pulled in (or tried to), disgorging happy Spaniards of all ages as they got out to enjoy a bit of hiking in the rock formations. Must have been due to the time of day on Sunday, because it was not busy at all up until then.
Favorite Dish: While I sat admiring the scenery after the strenuous job of driving, the two ladies prepared our usual 'mobile' meal of fresh ham, cheese and tomatoe slices with mayonnaise on whole wheat bread - delicious as usual. We were not in any particular rush with views like this so it turned out to be quite an enjoyable little stop as Sue and I each washed our meal down with a small glass of excellent and inexpensive Spanish wine.
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- National/State Park
Restaurant Italia: The most popular restaurant in the town
This restaurant has probably appeared instead of El Rincon de Curro. Now it's the most popular dinner place in the city. Although Antequera is a medium city, its residential area is quite small and all city life goes on Alameda de Andalucia. The restaurant is nice, food is medium level, stuff is friendly but there are not not enough of them :-) So, if you are in the city - visit "Italia", you won't regret.
BIG WOK: Asian Fusion in the heart of Antequera
This restaurant only opened 10 days ago and there's nothing like it inland here, in the depth of Andalucia. A huge, tastefully furnished dining room with smart, attentive waitresses located opposite Mercadona and next to Lidl. The sparkly chandeliers look surprisingly good.
And its a buffet restaurant with a choice of Japanese, chinese, thai, Vietnamese food........plenty of choice of both cooked dishes and raw ingredients to be handed into line of chefs where a variety of seasonings or sauces can be added before flash frying in huge steaming woks.
Favorite Dish: The crispy duck, prawns with 3 types of mushrooms and my favourite fruit of all time - lychees.
Rio Frio Restaurants: 101 things to do with Trout
There is a small village/hamlet called Riofrio, located about 20mins East of Antequera, just off the A92 motorway and it is renowned for its trout farms and restaurants. Sunday lunchtime's its buzzing with locals, great atmosphere, lovely fish! Grilled, stuffed, baked, marinated - A Trout lovers Paradise.
There are about 6 restaurants here all within walking distance of each other, menu's vary little ;-).
Bodega Mariposa 2: BIG ROSCOS - you must try one!
This place is not in a great location but I'm not suggesting it for an evening out! If you're driving in and around Antequera and want something fast, typical of the region and tasty, then pop in here and order a rosco for lunch. They are like large plate-sized doughnuts but made of bread and filled with all kinds of different toppings....my fav is pork fillet with roasted peppers.....and to be honest, one is enough for two people.
This place usually fills up with the locals that work on the industrial estate where its located! Easy to find, couple of doors away from the Ford Dealership on the main 'poligono' close to new Hospital.
El Faro: Best Porra in Antequera!
This restaurant has a decent menu to choose from and consistently serves up good local food, with it's 'porra' getting the gold star from me (I eat the stuff wherever I go so I am qualified to judge :-).
You enter through the bar area that isnt that appealing but plough on to the restaurant to the left of the entrance. This place holds a lot of functions so the restaurant is HUGE with very nicely laid tables, so can feel a bit strange if there's only a few people eating but lunchtimes are usually busy. Evenings, midweek, are less lively.
El Mirador: Save yourself disappointment - don't eat here
This Venta has a great setting, set up high, overlooking Antequera on the road that leads to El Torcal but the food does not match it's location. I have eaten here twice (should have learnt the first time!) and this is not a good place to sample local cooking. The daily menu is limited in choice and in taste! Food from the standard menu is mediocre at best. Do not waste your time eating here - a drink to take in the view is ok.
All ventas in area: Eating at local 'Venta's'
In this area, the local 'venta's' often seen in villages or at side of motorways, during the week, offer the 'Menu of the Day'. This is 3 courses (choice of 5+ dishes each course) usually with a bottle of wine and water/lemonade. It costs anything between 5-8 euros and is where most the the local workers will lunch. The hoards arrive from 2 onwards so aim to get there 15mins or so before.
Often, as a foreigner, you will automatically be handed the standard menu so you need to ask 'Que hay de menu? ('hay' pronounced 'eye'), the only downside being they are likely to respond in Spanish, quickly! so you need to have learnt your foodstuffs at the very least.
Quality of food served varies a great deal, so it really is trial and error.
Favorite Dish: The dishes most likely to occur on the 'menu' that you may not know are the following;
Porra: A thick puree of tomatoes and olive oil with chopped ham and boiled eggs on top - great for dipping huge chucks of bread in.
Revuelto: A light version of scrambled eggs with seasonal ingredients added eg. asparagus, baby garlics, mushrooms, prawns......
Fritura: A platter of battered seafood & fish
Sopa de Picadillo: A chicken broth with ham and boiled egg
Lentejas: Lentils in a broth with ham
There's nearly always grilled meat, fish or rice dishes.
El Rincon de Curro: More quality dining in Antequera
This was Noelia's and has recently been bought out by the owners of La Espuela, the restaurant at the bullring. The food here is of equally high standard and even has a few of the same dishes.
Situated on the main street, with an informal/formal dining area, our first visit did not disappoint. A good choice of local dishes, expertly cooked and elegantly presented. The English translations do little to tempt you!! so just be brave and dive in - four of us ate here and every meal was delightful.
Antequera Golf Hotel: Breakfast buffet worth writing home about!
This hotel opens its doors to general public to share their delicious breakfast buffet. Not as good as US buffets, however, it has all you could wish for at breakfast and plenty more for just 8 euros.
Restaurant is set behind the bar area on the ground floor.
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