Help with Barcelona
My wife and I will be taking our 1 year old son to BCN next month for nine days. We are both huge foodies, and we are looking for some suggestions. We'll be taking him out with us for lunches and leaving him with a sitter for dinner. We are staying in the Gracia but recommendations can be for anywhere.
So for lunch we are looking for some really good, but baby friendly places to go.
But for dinner I'd like to know your...
Favorite New restaurant
Favorite High End / Fine dining
Favorite Local Scene
Favorite "Really hot this moment"
Favorite Cheap Eats
Favorite Tasting Menu
Favorite Wine Bar
and one restaurant you think really encapsulates Barcelona cuisine at the moment.
(If a restaurant falls into more than one category that fine too)
Also...if someone can recommend any informative BCN restaurant blogs, guides, websites or publications that would be much appreciated!
Also, a visit to the la Boqueria market (address: La Rambla 91, right by the metro station) is a must. Inside, you will find great pintxos bars. My favorite is Bar Pinotxo (Pinocchio). There are tourist foodies, locals, kids, etc. there all day long and the bar is ALWAYS busy. On my last visit to Barcelona, I ate there three times. Had shrimp, meat dishes, clams, everything. The guy who owns it is the sweetest man! He wears a bow tie every day! This is not necessarily the classiest place, but who cares when it's that good?!
All the "favorites" are in the many earlier posts on this board. As suggest, do a search.
Not necessary my favorites but it is what it is:
Local Scene: Sarria, Gracia, El Ravel for the young and eclectic
New and hot restaurant: Moments, Carme Ruscadella's Barcelona outpost
"one restaurant you think really encapsulates Barcelona cuisine at the moment': with a vast and varied dining scene, there is no such a singular place
Most comprehensive food/restaurant blogs are in Spanish; might start with ElMundoVino.com
The following have good basic information, ie, address, phone, type of food, opening hours, etc; not for their critical write ups:
English language food/restaurant blogs that have some Barcelona/Catalunya posts; especially good for high-end restaurants:
Aiden Brooks, tasty travails, Gastromondiale, Andy Hagler, A life Worth Eating, Ulteriorepicure.com are just a start.
Best high-end dining: go outside of Barcelona for Can Fabes, El Celler de Can Roca, Sant Pau; less famous, Can Jubany, Hispania
All your requests are easily searched on this forum.
I will only add:
Favorite Cheap Eats: Bar Celta, in the old town. Cheap, it is. It is not the best tapas bar but is not bad. It is the last greasy spoon held out from the old pre-hip days of the Barri Gotic. A funky place to down a plate of fried octopus before you move on to serious eating (and, most importantly, before your clothes are soaked with the ambient greasy smell.
Favorite Wine Bar: La Vinya del Senyor, in front of the Santa Maria del Mar church.
Favorite Bar: Miramelindo, La Fianna (hard to find but great).
YES, for wine bar, definitely hit La Vinya del Senyor. If it is too cold to sit outside, the small inside is cozy and so is the upstair. One can have a nice glass of Ostatu Mazarredo from the Rioja for around 2E or splurge for a bottle of 2000 L'Ermita for around 450E. Unpretentious, lively and also good simple tapas.
One must bring dark glasses to eat at Bar Celta. Their fluorescent lighting is bright and brutal. If in the neighborhood, mind as well hit La Plata, El Tropezon and the sidrerias on c/Ample and c/Merce. These old atmospheric places hasn't change despite the tapas/pintxos invasion of the past 15 years.