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Mar 30, 2012 04:59 AM

Non-tapas food in Madrid

We will be travelling for 2 weeks in Andalucia and then spend a few days in Madrid. At that point I think we'd like to try something other than tapas. What other regional foods should we explore? Our limitations are: no car, and we have a 14 year old who doesn't eat fish.
From exploring the threads, here's what I've come up with:
Valencia: La Barraca for paella
Basque: Dantxari
La Penela--couldn't find a website to check menu for the non-fish eater
El Pescado
Casa d'Troya
Asturian: La Hoja

What other suggestions do you have? Thank you.

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  1. FWIW, people in Madrid and Andalusia don't eat tapas three meals a day. There is more to food culture in those regions than eating in bars. They also have restaurants that serve local food. It's not necessary to seek out food from other regions if you want a proper sit-down meal.

    1. I would suggest checking the many threads about dining in Madrid that have accumulated here over the years. For instance, this is one that I began about lamb, but it actually contains heaps of terrific information. My own opinion is that the forte of Galician restaurants is fish/shellfish so why go there if you plan to avoid it.

      1. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to say that all we'll be able to eat in Andalucia is tapas. Perhaps I should have titled it "non-andalucian food in madrid."

        Erica, thank you for the link--Casa Rafa and Arzabal in particular sound excellent. The spouse and I love fish/shellfish, even though the 14 year old doesn't--so I'm looking forward to Casa Rafa.