La Parilla de Juan - Juan's Grill: Buenos filetes! Great steaks, service and prices.
Juan's has a great selection of Kobe beef cuts. Our meal started out, like most meals in Spain, with bread rolls and crackers. We ordered for starters, a pitcher of sangria and a mixed sausage platter. The sangria was good, however, it slightly tasted as if the fruit pieces had been sitting in it too long. The sausage platter came with 5 different sausages. I'm not sure exactly what each was, but they were similar to a kielbasa, a blood sausage, spicy pork, smoked and an aged sausage; cut into bite sized pieces and was plenty for our group of four, not including the vegetarian. As entrees we each ordered a different cut of steak. Everyone else but myself ordered Kobe filets and tenderloin, and had rave comments about how delicious it was. I, however, had my eye on a particular piece of nicely marbled sirloin. My steak was cooked perfect to mediano menus and came with a side of sauteed cabbage and rice. Or vegetarian had no problem finding a delicious meal, and ordered grilled vegetables that came out as a generous portion of multiple varieties of squash and peppers, complimented with asalad.
The atmosphere and service were standard for Spain, which is still much better than what you'll find in most places in the States. There was another small group across the restaurant from us, so the place was quiet and easy to have a conversation in. Our waiter was extremely attentive and we even received a few visits from the chef who was very proud of the fresh products he served that were all locally grown and raised, besides the Kobe, of course.
Favorite Dish: I have only eaten here once, so I don't yet have a favorite. My steak was good and definitely recommended, but I tend to want to try something different at least the first few times I visit a new place. However, the sausage platter would definitely be a repeat tapas.
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The German Schnitzel House: Alles gut geschmuck
For the person missing home cooking of the homeland of germany this is the place to go. The fine wine imported in from Germany and the internet music of RPR2 really sets the mood of being in Germany.
A GOTTA GO SEE place.
Bar La Churreria: Churros in the morning
Not a bad way to make a living. Open for a few hours in the morning, fry up some dough, keep the coffee hot and the customers will be lining up at your window. Churros are a quick and great way to have breakfast the Spanish way. Not much is done for breakfast so churros can be a fun alternative to the tostado.
Favorite Dish: Churros can be ordered from this place in individual portions or in bulk--all of which are weighed and made fresh. The coffee is quite strong but great! You may also want to try getting some hot chocolate and dipping your churros into it.
Periquito: Filling portions
This small tapas bar also serves sandwiches and some nice sized dishes for up to four people. Set on the Plaza de Espana, it has tables outside to enjoy the warm summer sun. The staff is really friendly and very helpful.
Favorite Dish: The Paella Valencia and Mixed Solomillo are awesome. They are just right for four (4) people and are cooked upon ordering.
Casa Texas Mexico: Great Mexican in Spain
This is a great find and has some great home cooked menu items. It is authentic and a great place to take a large group of people if you need to; inside or out. Most of the menu items can be ordered as tapas (or parts) or as combination platters. Everything is fresh and they bring it out piping hot. It is also open late to satisfy those late night cravings of Mexican food while you are in Spain.
Favorite Dish: The combination platters are good as well as the chicken enchiladas. They also do a good sangria.
Various: You have to try the Tapas
I went to a few Restaurants and tried the Tapas and I'm hooked. You can visit any local Restaurant and ask them if they serve Tapas. If they do you need to try them. It's basically an assortment of local foods that's perfect for a group of people that are not accustomed to Spanish food to give them the taste of various dishes. Of course you can't forget the sangria to go with it.
Favorite Dish: Chocos fritos (fried calimari) with a squirt of lime
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Bar La Costilla: Friendly Service and Good Food
Good food and very friendly service, this establishment has a bar (through which you enter) and a fairly large adjoining dining room. The one employee there the night we went gave us a free tapa of fried fish pieces and also a free flan for dessert (to share amongst the three of us). Conveniently located just a block from the beach.
Favorite Dish: doditas fritas (fried sea bass), lenguada a la plancha (grilled fish), chocos fritos (fried squid), flan
Lo Nuestro: Another tapas bar
This place is not a bad choice for tapas and a drink or two if you can stand the sound of legions of motor scooters that whir by on Avenida San Fernando. This place is seemingly popular with the locals and by 9:30 is fairly packed. Be forewarned that the menus at the outdoor tables seem like they've been out there for eons. Yuck! But the food is good and service is friendly. The kitchen doesn't open until 8:00...that is if the chef arrives by then.
Favorite Dish: Corvina (sea bass), langostinos (giant prawns)
Bar San Jose: Myrtle Beach or Spain?
Only Americans were eating there the night I was there and I was told that is the case on most nights. With a dining room overlooking the Atlantic it is a definite draw for the tourists. However the decent dishes were not enough to offset the slightly cheesy nautical interior décor that made me think I was in Myrtle Beach.
Bar La Concha: Chill out in the Plaza
A great place to sit outside with a tinto verano and gaze out over the Plaza Bartolome Perez at the Parroquia and Castillo de Luna. My friend and I went during siesta (4:00pm) and had the entire place (the restaurant and the plaza) to ourselves. A very nice spot to relax with a drink. Sedate and mellow!
La Cazuela: Great tapas/racions!
This place is great! The owner is very friendly and speaks very good English. While stopped in traffic he noticed me in another car and yelled out to ask me how things were going! Definitely made me feel like a local. That aside, their food is top notch. Get whatever fish/seafood dish the owner tells you is fresh that day and you can’t go wrong. Best best are the corvina (sea bass), chiperones (grilled baby squid), the pimientos al piquillo (mild peppers stuffed with a shrimp/fish paste), and the wonderful almejas al cazuela (clams in a light tomato sauce). Get a table outside because it is stifling in the dining room.
Favorite Dish: See above.
Lolita's: Nice Setting for Dinner
The dining room is in the first floor of this residence in a quiet part of town away from the hustle of the downtown area which is a nice respite from the bar/bodega scene. Smartly decorated with table cloths and interesting contemporary art work, the restaurant has only 8 or so tables but the food is innovative and delicious. While still maintaining Spanish influences, it is a departure from the regular fare at the bars and mesons.
Favorite Dish: This is what our party of 4 had the night we were there: pimientos al piquillos [sweet peppers stuffed with soft beef], bacalao (salted cod) with pimientos and apple sauce, corvina gambas y ajos (sea bass with shrimp and almonds), almond cake with flan topping, chocolate and cream soufflet
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