Eating ham in Madrid
Did anyone see the article on jamon de serrano (sp?) in the travel section of yesterday's NY Times? It was a nice article, very well-written; but the only places mentioned were the Museo de Jamon (sp?) and La Taurina -- is anyone here familiar with these restaurants? Any other recommendations for good ham?
Museo de Jamon is great. Cheap and crowded and fun.
For a better jamon experience (and more expensive) the Meson de Jabugo out by the convention center is great (the one near Puerta del Sol isn't nearly as good). The habas con jamon are really a treat. If you eat at the bar and are friendly or go with locals, you might get to try the jabugo that is kept under the counter for only the best customers, and then you will really be in jamon heaven.
YES, EL MUSEO IS WORTH A DETOUR AND IS A TRIP. AND OF COURSE, THERE ARE MULTIPLE LOCATIONS. THE MAIN THING IS TO TRY THE PATA NEGA(BLACK FOOT) HAM. MADE FROM WILD PIGS WHO EAT ACORNS. LIKE NO OTHER HAM IN THE WORLD! WAIT A COUPLE OF DAYS AND XOSE THE GALLEGO FROM MADRID WILL PROBABLY GIVE YOU SOME GOOD IDEAS.