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    Cafe Iruna: Hemingway Haunt

    by Roadquill Updated Dec 18, 2012

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    Located on the North side of Plaza Castillo in the old town area of Pamplona, Cafe Iruna has the distinction (along with hundreds of other cafes and bars in Spain) of Hemingway pounding down a few drinks inside and on the outside. Founded in 1888, the cafe was one of the first establishments in Pamplona to have lights. More importantly it is right in the middle of the festivities during the San Fermin Festival. While the inside is appointed very nicely, the terrace outside is an excellent place to have a beer. Hemingway refers to the Cafe Iruna in his novel "The Sun Also Rises" with characters drinking brandy and absinthe.

    Favorite Dish: Well not food ----- One of my favorite shots was a couple of guys on day 1 of the Festival, it was about 2PM and several guys were already passed out, with cigarettes hanging from their mouths and half empty glasses of beer warming up in the afternoon. Maybe this is what Hemingway was talking about when he wrote "Death in the Afternoon"?

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    Europa Restaurante: Family run - Europa Restaurante

    by Roadquill Updated Jul 19, 2011
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    Dining at the Restaurante Europa in the Hotel Europa is a fine dining experience. During San Fermin the restaurant is always booked, but I would go back anytime I could. One of the three sisters that own the place is the executive chef and makes sure everything is expertly prepared. Even before we ordered we were provided a small cup of pea soup and a large spoon of truffled rice. We shared the opening food round of Iberica jamon, pimentos and anchovies with avocados and tomatos. The service was excellent.

    Favorite Dish: The cochina, suckling pig, was roasted to perfection. The dessert specialty of the house is a pineapple ravioli in a pineapple sauce.

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    El Mirador: El Mirador at the Maisonnave

    by Roadquill Written Jul 18, 2011

    Located on the roof of the Maisonnave Hotel, El Mirador is a classic NW Spanish restaurant featuring fine, local cuisine. The service is excellent. The list features local wines of international reputation at reasonable prices.

    Favorite Dish: The fish soup with large pieces of rape, and then the mushroom risotto.

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    Bar Txoko: Hemingways Favourite bar

    by lomi Written Aug 6, 2010

    This was one of Ernest Hemingways favourite bars and where he would be seen on the terrace before and after the bullfighting.

    Now it is very touristy looking, but the food's not bad. A Dutch group who frequent the area for San Fermin in July, call themselves the Txokos Gutter Club. They organize a Vodka party outside the bar every year.

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    Irùn Cafe: Menu del Dia

    by lomi Updated Aug 4, 2010
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    There are many places to choose from at lunch time. We made our decision based on the fact that we had our doggy with us, we could sit outside in the shade and we wanted an inexpensive menu del dia. This was a reasonable choice. The waiter was very friendly and helpful and showed us to a table out of the way, where the dog could be undisturbed.

    The menu of the day was advertised 3 courses with wine for 12 euros a head.

    The service was very very slow, despite that they were not particularly busy, but we had no agenda that day and didn't really mind the half an hour wait before anything arrived on the table. The choice of wine was either red or rosè. We ordered the red, but got a bottle of chilled rosè instead. As it had taken so long to arrive, we decided to drink it, to save another long wait, but we did have the whole bottle to ourselves and it was reasonably quaffable.

    Favorite Dish: For starters, I ordered the 'revulto' which was a tasty scrambled egg dish; my husband ordered 'halubias verde con papas' which was green beans with potatoes. Both largish portions and very tasty.

    The main course of roast chicken with cider sauce, came without the cider sauce; my husbands pig-s trotters was very overcooked. However the two courses were more than enough to eat, so neither of us wanted a pudding, but we were offered coffees instead.

    It was very relaxing sitting in the Plaza del Castillo watching the Pamplonese world go by for 2 hours.

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  • Letyana: Eat Everything

    by ERNIETAGG Written Oct 10, 2009

    Get out of the centre and visit the bets pintxo bar in town, the Letyana on the Travesia Bayona in San Juan. Fantastic mini dishes - my favourite is probably Solomillo in Oprto with mushrooms, but you should eat everything on offer. Wine's good and cheap and teh bar is a local favourite. Tables outside in the summer, but teh bar inside has a great feel and atmosphere. Nearby, The Bar Picasso is also a winner, as are most of teh local bars around here - not as quaint as the Estafeta/San Nicolas area, but a taste of non toursist Pamplona.

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    Pil Pil: Steak and seafood and sidreria

    by Roadquill Written Jul 27, 2008

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    Local, family run place in the University area on the West side of Pamplona about two miles from the city center. Many locals were enjoying the place and having a great time. Many tables were eating communal style, splitting a large steak dish. Good wine list at reasonable prices including half bottles.

    Favorite Dish: I started with the shrimp and vegetable crepe covered in a shrimp sauce, which was more of a tamale. The lamb with mushrooms with jellies of unknown fruits was delicious all washed down with a half bottle of rioja. They could have used some additional help as there were several patrons wishing for more wine or drinks and they were waiting too long.

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    Restaurante Rodero: Fine Dining in Pamplona - Rodero

    by Roadquill Written Aug 14, 2007

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    The Rodero is a high end restaurant just across the street from the Plaza de Toros. The quality of the food is excellent and the prices, well pricey but not too bad for what you are getting. We went through two bottles of Riscal Reserve.

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    Cerveceria Kairos: Beer on tap, right at the table

    by Roadquill Written Aug 12, 2007

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    This place was cool because if you sat at a booth there was a beer tap right at your table, and as you poured another brew, the meter read how much it was going to cost you.

    Favorite Dish: You don't go to a cerveceria for the food, you go for the ....Hmmmmm?

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    Rumbo Cafe: Break from the mayhem - Rumbo Cafe

    by Roadquill Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    Rumbo's

    This cafe outside of the old town and the accompanying heavy partying area is a nice place to get a quality lunch for a reasonable price during the San Fermin festivities. Even though none of the waitresses spoke English and my Spanish is marginal, we still had a great time joking around with the staff. Very friendly and family oriented with many local patrons. Cafe Rumbo moved since I was there the first time. unfortunately, I don't remember the street.

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    Manterola: Fresh Sandwiches during San Fermin

    by Roadquill Written Aug 12, 2007

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    I get more than a little nervous when picking up a sandwich from one of the hundreds of food for the partying masses. Manterola is right across the street from the bus station and has a gorrmet deli for sandwiches and a gourmet pattiserie on the other side. You can also get coffee, teas, sauces, . You pay a couple euro more, but there is actually jambon and queso in your sandwich.

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    San Nicolas: Great Pinxtos here!

    by Radiomom Written Dec 28, 2006

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    This was the second pinxtos bar we tried in Pamplona and turned out to be a great choice. We had our first patatas bravas here -- yummy hot potatoes with a spicy sauce and the other pinxtos were also yummy. We met up with a group of Americans in here, on a wine tour through Rioja country. They were the first people we'd run into who spoke English we'd seen in over a week so it was fun to have someone to share travel stories with...and this place was set up for socializing.

    There is a restaurant room in the back, where you can get a full meal -- but for us on that night, we were doing just fine with pinxtos and local red wine. You can get two glasses of wine and a couple of pinxtos for 5 euros.

    Favorite Dish: The patatas bravas here were really REALLY good. We kept trying them all over (Bilbao, Barcelona, etc) and these were the best!

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    Restaurante El Rincon: Away from the crowds, but still close - El Rincon

    by Roadquill Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    Self Service Cafeteria

    Packed with locals, this "self service" cafeteria allows you to pick what you want. Many of the dishes were already prepared, however, you could also pick your steak, chicken, etc. and have it cooked to order. Salads, paella, fruit, albondigas, fish, and all at very reasonable prices.

    Favorite Dish: The gaspacho gets a thumbs up.

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    Cafe's: For the good food, hit the food market

    by Roadquill Written Jul 27, 2005

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    Cafe in the Food Market

    There are several small eating places in the food market that is open even during the San Fermin Festival. There are probably 100 vendors selling fruit, meats, seafood, cheese, etc. to the locals, including many restaruants. Several of the vendors sell great light meals.

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    This place by the bull ring: Temporary food vendors during the Festival

    by Roadquill Written Jul 25, 2005

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    Food Vendor during the San Fermin Festival

    As you can see from the menu, it was easy to find junk sandwiches at high prices during the festival. These were nothing special. It was much better to walk 50 yards to the market and make your own for half the price.

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