Bar Manzano: Fingerlickin' good Andalucian mountain dishes!
Right in the center of town in front of the main square, it's impossible to miss this small typical bar as this is the only one around. We were looking for a "proper" restaurant, but decided to head for this nondescript place instead. We should have noted already the frequency of locals coming and going to realise that this is probably the best place to have a typical meal.
It's a small bar (with places outside, though it was empty as it was raining and a bit chilly), with less than 10 tables inside and without frills really. Menus were written in blackboard, and what got us in was the long list of mushroom dishes. As it's mushroom season, there was a variety of dishes available.
We decided on grilled mushrooms in season and tapas-size roast bull spine (the waiter said this "half-serving" was enough for two, and he was right!) -- very typical of this mountain region. The food, when they arrived, looked absolutely gourgeous, especially the mushrooms -- flaked with jamon iberico, the legendery Spanish ham which is found only in this region, garlic flakes, fried quail eggs, drizzled generously with olive oil. Fingelickin' good! The roasted bull meat was so tender, the meat tasting like real meat with some fries on the side. My, I was in food heaven! For dessert, we had a flan. Well done, too, but since we come from Portugal where such flans are 5-star, this was no new treat. Then coffee, afterwards. All this, plus 3 beers just came to about 27 euros -- a real steal!
Excellent place for those who care to experience where the local people go, and have a taste of what's in season and typical in the region prepared in the way the locals do them, nothing fancy. If you don't care to see used napkins on the floor (apparently the locals have a (bad) habit of throwing them on the floor directly -- i saw it a few times) and with the waiter bringing out the broom now and then, but care about the quality and freshness of the food without breaking the bank, then this is the place!
Favorite Dish: Any mushroom dish here would be great, but grilled mushrooms in season would be best!
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Any place in town: Tapas
Durring parts of the year this town has a tapas party where all kinds of little snacks can be had and tasted.
A tapas is a small dish of food with just enough on it to make you want more.
The Tapas started as a small plate that was used to cover the top of your drink and expanded over the years to include small snacks from the bar.
The tapas is the best way to go if you want to try a little of everything.
And sitting outside eating and drinking makes it all the more better.
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