Antigua Bodega Castañeda
Calle Elvira 5
We enjoyed eating at Antigua
on calle Elvira. There
are actually two Castañedas on parallel streets, Calle Elvira and Calle Almireceros, of course owned by
the same people. We ate at the less popular one simply because
the other was packed. Then went back the next night early for the location on Calle Almireceros. Both are excellent. Especially recommended are the assorted cheese or meat plates.
Bar Casa Julio
Calle Hermosa (Plaza Nueva)
A tiny place just off of Calle Elvira, we especially enjoyed the boquerones
, little fried fish which are simply excellent when prepared correctly.
Plaza de la Pescadería 12
I highly recommend for tapas,
although you must get there early. It's in a nice plaza
a few blocks from the Cathedral including a small number
of standing only tables outside. There's more room inside,
but it fills up quick.
Plaza de la Pescadería 14
Another place which fills up quick. Just next door to Bar Oliver with a very long bar and perhaps a little more space then it's neighbor Bar Oliver, although you'd never know it when it's busy. A variety of tapas come out of the kitchen during the evening, although a few times we were unlucky in what we were served, having just missed the last round of something more delicious looking. There is also a small dining room in the back should you choose to sit down (no tapas of course in the dining room).
With a name like El Tabernaculo, it is no surprise that the walls are covered with photos of Semana Santa and items from every cofrade
(bortherhood) in the city. With a small bar and low ceilings, this bar either seems cramped or cozy, depending on your point of view. Small tapas come with every drink and chage often. I like the edge of the bar closest to the exit where it's easy to catch the bartenders when I want a refill!
Restaurante Corrala del Carbon
Calle Mariana Pineda 8
Just a few steps away from the the recently renovated monument, the Corral del Carbon, this restaurant offers a lot of atmopsphere. In the front, a wonderful tapas bar with stone floors and plenty of memorabilia on the walls. In the back is the dining area in a small and typically decorated patio. I am a fan of just about anything which comes off the grill, but the salads and other starters are exceellent as well.
Restaurante Balcón del Genil
Calle Luxemburgo 32, Huétor Vega (Province of Granada)
For lunch one day we headed to a small town, Huetor Vega, to eat at
Restaurante Balcón del Genil
. You will need a car and need to look up directions to arrive,
as it is perched on a hill just outside the pueblo.
The restaurant has seating for what seems like a thousand
people, with view of the valley below. At one time it was
a small place, almost a shack. Now it has several floors
a large terrace and a patio when it's warm. Order anything
- I do mean anything - and it will be good. We opted for
various cuts of solomillo
in different sauces.
Add to that a few dishes to start, dessert and a shot of orujo
and we left very satisfied.
Los Italianos (ice cream)
Gran Vía 4
Los Italianos is to Granada what Rayas is to Seville. If you know neither then this last sentence might was well have been in Chinese. Like any good ice cream place in Spain, this one is a seasonal operation and open in the warm weather months, when you will often find the place to be packed. This is the best ice cream in Granada and while it's best if eaten when served you can also take it home.