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Apr 20, 2009 08:45 AM

FINALLY going to Spain- need a list of must eats

i will be heading to San Sebastian (2 nights) and Barcelona (3) nights in early June. I need the restaurants that I absolutely have to try. Would love to hope from tapas/pintxos location to location, sampling the best- not too concerns about money, but also don't want to go completely overboard. I know that some of the San Sebastian restauranants have the canned oysters and such that are like $175. I can skip that- I am someone that loves the simple ingredients that are great and fresh and treated well.

Thanks in advance.

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    1. My favorites were La Cuchara de San Telmo in San Sebastian and Cal Pep in Barcelona, both low attitude places with high-end food. And the are both really tiny places, too, but personal space is always compromised in Spain, anyway...

      1. There is a wealth of information on SS and Barcelona on this board if you search or just browse.

        The tapas bars in SS are generally excelent, though the standout for me was AloƱa Berri in Barrio Gros. I also liked Casa Senra nearby. I have more notes on SS tapas here ->
        The website is also a great resource, with addresses, maps, specialties, and even "routes" to follow.

        In Barcelona I enjoyed Paco Meralgo (a classy tapas bar; beautiful seafood) and Dos Palillos (Asian-style tapas from former El Bulli Chef de Cuisine Albert Raurich), and also Cuines Santa Caterina, but I don't know that I'd describe any of them as "have to try" places. These are my Barcelona notes ->

        1. Fiirst, make sure to see the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao (easy excursion) for food for the eyes and soul......then have lunch at the downtown restaurant that has Michelin star or 2 depending on which edition you have...(think it was Gorrotxa.....popular w/locals)
          Enjoy some Roda I or Roda II wine

          1. I searched around and have looked at magazines and such, but what neighborhood do you think in general is the best foodie neighborhood in Barcelona? Trying to plan a hotel and would love to stay in a place populated with great restaurants/tapas bars.

            THanks again.

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            1. re: offthebeatenpath1

              Did you happen to come across this thread which asks the same exact question?

              Best Barcelona Food Neighborhood

              1. re: Frodnesor

                you are a much better searcher than I...Thank you, that is perfect.