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Mar 9, 2011 10:28 AM

San Francisco chow hound in Barcelona four nights starting today

I am in Barcelona tonight , thru Saturday. What should I not miss. Not looking for expensive restaurants , just great fun ones.
We are renting an apartment off of Passeig De Gracia by Provenca. Also ideas for a open markets will be much appreciated.
We enjoy eating all types of food, wine, sweets.
Gracias !

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  1. Hello supper_hound and welcome to the Spain and Portugal board. There is much information on dining out in Barcelona already on this board. It is the most talked about city here. Just on the first page you will find many current and active threads on dining out and food shopping in Barcelona. You can also search on specific subjects by using the search option at the top right of this page.

    Once you have done your research, if you have specific questions, I'm certain the many very helpful and informed posters on this board will be mare than glad to answer them.

    Good hounding.

    9 Replies
    1. re: SnackHappy

      So far went to Tapas 24 , great tapas and service !
      also went to Can Josep - HIGHLY recommend this locals place. Amazing food and a great value !
      I am looking for an authentic arroz Negro. Preferably in my area. Any ideas ?

      1. re: supper_hound

        Supper_hound, the stars must smile down on you! To start looking for good food AFTER arriving and to find it! Amazing! :-P

        I'm really looking forward to trying Can Josep! What did you have? More info please! A local friend recommended Cal Boter for traditional Catalan and an overseas friend went there. He didn't feel great after that (and Chowhound deleted my quotation of what he actually said. tsk tsk).

        Two places I have on my list for arroz negro:

        CALDENI, c/ Valencia 452 for cochinillo asado, arroz negro w/ razor clams, media racion de Waygu. I haven't been here yet. It's not far from you altho' a bit pricey.

        KAIKU, Pla├ža del Mar 1 (Barceloneta beach) Tel: 932 219 082
        Loved their arroz de chef, made with smoked rice.

        1. re: supper_hound

          If you don't mind strolling a few blocks, La Mifanera on c/de Sagues, just off the Diagonal is good for rice dishes, including a good Arroz Negre.

          1. re: PBSF

            Barcelona is so into Asian fusion these days! The character on La Mifanera's website is "mi" or rice in Chinese. And "mifan" is Putonghua for cooked rice. Interesting.

            Adding the website so others can see "mi" too!

            1. re: Aleta

              Too funny. I never made the connection. Of course mifan means arroz, duh.

              1. re: Parigi

                They have all these different kinds of rice on the menu. The chef must be crazy about rice! So does this make him a Rice King? :-P

                1. re: Aleta

                  Roger Martinez is known in Barcelona as 'king of rice'.
                  Go for the Catalan, Spanish and Portuguese rice. His Asian rice dishes are tasty if not very authentic. Good tapas also.

                  1. re: PBSF

                    Thank you for this information. I probably will go to La mifanera tonight. Unless someone has a suggestion for Paella on Barcelonetta. It is raining today , yet our last night in Barcelona and have not made it to the beach area and want to explore. Thank you all !

                    1. re: supper_hound

                      Arroz at Barceloneta beach? KAIKU, 93 221 90 82, Plaza Mar 1. It's open only for lunch and it's best to call for a reservation.