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Lillinonah Feb 25, 2013 07:17 AM

Taking the family of adventuresome eaters to Madrid in March. We love a few suggestions of some great restaurants with a real local flavor. We are not fans of tourist heavy locations. Does not have to be spanish only food - we are open to anything and everything.

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    Lillinonah Mar 22, 2013 02:57 PM

    Just finished up a few days in madrid .. had two amazing dinners and the food and atmosphere was great! Luzi Bombon and Ten Con Ten ... do not want to sound snobby but great food, NYC type scene but with local flavor and crowd.

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      JuanDoe Feb 26, 2013 06:30 AM

      Some suggestions for touring the regional cuisines in Madrid:

      Andalusian: 'Doña Paca' on Calle Príncipe de Vergara 285. Recos: rabo de toro (oxtail stew), morcillo (beef shin), fried fish, flamenquines (cured ham & beef rolls).
      http://www.restaurantedonapaca.es/

      Asturian: 'Esbardos' on Calle Maldonado 4. Recos: anchovies and fabada (beans stew).
      http://www.restauranteesbardos.com/#/carta/

      Basque: 'Dantxari' on Calle Ventura Rodríguez 8. Recos: chipirones encebollados (onion-seasoned baby squid), bacalao (cod). Good desserts.
      http://www.dantxari.com/html/english/menu.html

      Castilian: 'El Senador' on Plaza de la Marina Española 2. Recos: cordero asado (roast lamb) and cochinillo (roast suckling pig).
      http://www.restaurantesenador.es/

      Extremaduran: 'Extremadura' on Calle Libertad 13. Recos: migas (breadcrumbs), jamón (cured ham), torta del Casar (sheep's cheese), caza (game).
      http://www.restauranteextremadura.com/

      Galician: O'Pazo on Calle Reina Mercedes 20. A mecca for seafood fans.
      http://www.opazo.es/?lang=en

      Madrileño: 'Malacatín'. Recos: cocido (traditional chickpea & meat stew), callos (tripe).
      http://www.malacatin.com/index.php/en

      Valencian: 'Casa Benigna' on Calle Benigno Soto 9. Paella and rice dishes.
      http://www.erestsystem.com/img/t1117z7r.jpeg

      Tapas: 'Txirimiri' on Calle Humilladero 6. Assorted tapas displayed on the bar.
      http://www.txirimiri.es/nuestra-carta/

      Cider House: 'Zerain' on Calle Quevedo 3. Recos: cider from the barrel, chuletón (beef steak), tortilla de bacalao (cod fish omelet).
      http://www.restaurante-vasco-zerain-sidreria.es/bodega.php

      Spanish cuisine with a creative twist: Viridiana. Ask the chef for recommendations.
      http://www.restauranteviridiana.com/e...

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      1. re: JuanDoe
        MOREKASHA Mar 15, 2013 11:36 AM

        Hola Juan, I've heard that Asador Fronton has been closed by the tax man. I loved their chuleton. Who would you recommend as a replacement?

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          plambers Mar 19, 2013 12:02 PM

          JuanDoe, have been reading your recommendations hungrily. Had planned on a dinner at Laredo our first evening ( a Monday when many choices are closed) for the lamb (for me) and sucking pig experience (for my husband). How does this compare with El Senador?
          We will be arriving in Madrid for 4 nights late May after 3 nights of tapas experience. Lua is also on my list. I recommended it to a colleague who just returned from Spain. He thought it might have been the best meal of his ife and recommended I book it twice!
          Susan, we are staying in your recommended apartment. El Cisne Azul looks great for lunch and Calle Brava will be dinner one night-am focused on Casa Lucas, Xentes and Txirimiri for tapas.
          Need to fit a few more lunches and perhaps one more dinner. Thalnks for any and all recommendations.

          1. re: plambers
            MOREKASHA Mar 20, 2013 06:48 AM

            I've been to Laredo a couple of times, it's very good. I don't remember them having suckling pig. Great wine list and the bar is of course, good as well.

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              plambers Mar 20, 2013 06:55 AM

              Morekasha, their menu lists it so hope they have it!

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              SusanB Mar 20, 2013 05:19 PM

              I'm very envious! Have a great time!

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            SusanB Feb 25, 2013 05:19 PM

            We loved the food in Madrid - there are some wonderful restaurants. Here's the link to my trip report - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/874144

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              plambers Mar 20, 2013 05:38 PM

              Hi-can't thank you enough for your apartment rental in Madrid. Have read your report here and on fodors and am eating at many of your spots. Thanks again for sharing!

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