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Madrid's Tapas Bars

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Photo: David Nicolas

Madrileños embrace iconic tapas dishes like ensaladilla rusa (a mayonnaise-y potato salad), jamón-studded croquetas, and callos, the local specialty of tripe braised with smoky charcuterie. Read the article

Destinations: Madrid

Inspired by: A Tapas Tour of Spain — by Anya von Bremzen, Published Oct. 2007

Restaurants (9)

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    La Montería

    The taberna offers a warm salad of partridge and bitter greens scattered with pomegranate seeds.

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    La Castela

    Savor the decadent canapé of whipped blue cheese and cured-duck ham at La Castela, which still generously honors the ritual of serving a free nibbl

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    La Casa del Abuelo

    Gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp) has been a specialty at the tiled taberna for some 100 years.

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    Casa Revuelta

    Batter-fried bacalao is crispest at Casa Revuelta, a tatty dive frozen in time off the stern, arcaded Plaza Mayor, the heart of Hapsburg Madrid.

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    Casa Lucas

    The taberna stocks the latest emerging vintages (try wines from the Madrid region).

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    Casa Alberto

    Order the saucy albóndigas with a glass of vermú de (vermouth on tap) slid across the antique onyx counter at Casa Alberto, in a building where Cer

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    Taberna Laredo

    Order featherlight tempura of baby vegetables highlighted with a sweet-tart reduction of sherry vinegar. It seems incongruous, feasting on truffled

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    Puerta 57

    Neither folksy nor funky nor fashionable, this brightly bourgeois bar swathed in polished wood is attached to the restaurant inside the Santiago _B

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    Lhardy

    Lhardy is a grand 19th-century museum piece famous for its burnished interiors and cocido (boiled dinner). To start, a smoky beef consommé, followe

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Similar Trips (3)

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    Even as culinary innovations swept through Catalonia and the Basque country, Madrileños continued to eat soufflé potatoes at comically old-fashioned places and gulp down jamón at folkloric tapas ba...

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    Madrid, Paseo del Prado/Paseo de Recoletos, Retiro

    As Spain’s favorite designer of Pop Art–patterned clothes and accessories for kids and grown-ups alike, Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada knows fun—she’s spent 28 years at the helm of a vast design empire, l

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  • Mini Trip: Madrid's Prado

    Spain, Madrid, Paseo del Prado/Paseo de Recoletos

    Check out the famed Prado Museum's expanded gallery space; eat and drink among art-world insiders; and do a self-guided Goya tour .

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