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Best Authentic Spanish restaurant in dc area

lisadc01 Jan 9, 2009 03:57 PM

Hi- I am missing Spain and want to go to a real / authentic Spanish restaurant.. I have been to Jaleo and although they have iberico- it's hit or miss (in my opinion)- but I am comparing it to the real spanish food. Can anyone recommend a great place?

Thank you!

(also aware of Taverna del Alabardero - hoping for just more rustic/typical spanish restaurant though they have outstanding food)

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    Elyssa Jan 9, 2009 04:54 PM

    Taberna del Alabardero is your best bet---it's the best in the area. My boyfriend, who lived in Spain for a year, always goes there when he wants a little taste of Spain. Their tapas in my opinion our outstanding (and if you go during their happy hour special, they are really affordable). Personally I think its much better the La Tasca and even Jaleo.

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      hill food Jan 10, 2009 11:17 PM

      E - I usually respect your opinion, but their tortilla was far too egg-y (I know it's essentially an omelette or frittata anyway - just needed more patata y espinaca) otherwise T del A is the standard for old school (high-end) Espanol.

      need to check Steve's refs below.

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      Steve Jan 9, 2009 05:47 PM

      There are two Spanish restaurants in Adams Morgan. One is Churreria Madrid. Menu is very much working class food. Nothing fancy about it, and it has been years since I've been. When I used to live in DC, it was one of my favorites. Typical of what they serve is tortilla espanol, and a milanesa over rice with a fried egg. Butterfly, a Chowhound now living in Madrid, used to recommend this place as typico.

      Rincon Espanol is another humble place. They have some specific items which are very good. The platano relleno, the tortilla espanol ,and they have a Galician soup with sausage and potato that would be dynamite in this cold weather. I have not had success with other items I've tried.

      There are two or three places in Rockville I've heard very good things about, but I've never been.

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