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Jun 13, 2011 11:12 AM

Dining on route to San Sebastian from Barcelona? Zaragoza?

I'll be driving from Barcelona to San Sebastian on a Monday in early September. Zaragoza seems the most likely place to stop for lunch. Can anyone recommend a worthwhile lunch place there, or an alternative in another good stopping point. It's about a 5.5 hour drive and I would assume we'll be setting out from Barcelona by 10 a.m.

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  1. You will be in Zaragoza before 1pm, too early for lunch by Spanish standards, and you will have an awfully long drive after. I would stop in Pamplona instead. Lunch doesn't really get started before 3pm at the earliest. We had a wonderful lunch at Rodero, and when we arrived at 1:30 it was empty. The local lunch crowd started showing up closer to 4pm. Afterward it is a relatively short drive to SS.

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    1. re: rrems

      Good idea. I didn't realize Zaragoza was so close to Barcelona. Pamplona is a great idea. We'll check out Rodero on the way. Thank you for the suggestion.

    2. Perhaps you no longer need the recommendation, but we had a wonderful and inexpensive lunch at Alta Taberna Pedro Saputo when we were in ZGZ last September. We were there shortly after 1pm - they had just opened so it was mostly empty, but I hardly consider that a problem and the staff didn't seem to mind that we were early. The place was filling up by 2pm so we were glad we got there early enough to get a table.

      The razor clams and monkfish/prawn/pepper skewers were to die for...though pretty much everything we ordered was screamingly fresh and delicious.


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      1. re: jerkstore

        Thanks, jerkstore. We are driving back to Barcelona as well, so it may be that the timing works out so that we can have lunch in Zaragoza on that return trip.