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#25746 - 07/11/00 05:46 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)
pizzi Offline
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well dudes, I like your ideas. my personal favourite has always been patatin patatan, even though its probably not estilo espanol I always found prices pretty attractive, you get a meal of chips, bocadillo and a soft drink/beer for something like 750 ptas. there should be several locations and 2 I've been to are at c/goya esquina (corner) dr. esquerdo and the other at c/ibiza and c/menendez pelayo at the east side of the retiro park - just in case you should be visiting that area.... have fun, I myself will be going back in september - for some great 3 years at least :-)
suerte !

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#25747 - 09/29/00 08:21 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)
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Hi group (and Diana)! Consider this thread resurrected! You can be SURE that when I get back from Madrid (or while I'm there: Oct.2-18) I'll add A LOT to this thread and many many others!! Museo del Jamon and El Brillante, here I come!!!

Saludos, MadridMan
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#25748 - 09/30/00 07:28 AM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)
Andrés Offline
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MM I must say that "el Brillante", Museo del Jamon etc....are
OK , but why not trying a real two centuries old tavern?
I suppose you have already been there but if not you can not miss this one:

Taberna de Antonio Sanchez
Mesón de Paredes, 13
Recommendations:
Drink: Frasca de vino Valdepeñas= beautiful
simple bottle of red wine.
Food: Tortilla de patata, callos, tapa de
solomillo and tapa de morcilla.
This place has not changed in decades as well as its prices I seem to remember tortilla de patatas was 700 pts= 3,75$

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Andres


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#25749 - 01/14/01 07:37 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)
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[originally posted by rgf....]

This is the first of many tidbits I am going to pass along from my WONDERFUL 10 days in Spain in January. On Sevilla street (metro: Sevilla, a 3 minute walk from Sol) is a bar/restaurant called HONTANARES. It's been there forever, and has great churros con chocolate. But the real deal is the menu del dia (daily lunch) for only 1500 ptas, which is cheap. And what a meal!! The food is great, includes a huge carafe of red wine (or beer etc), and home made cakes/ice creams etc for dessert. Typical menus include good fish, meats, salads, etc. We ate there every day and I highly recommend the atmosphere (informal, but cloth tablecloths and halogen lights). It has one of those little neon ticker signs outside so you can't miss it, and Sevilla is a short street. Same side of street as hotel asturias.
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#25750 - 01/15/01 10:40 AM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)
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I don't know if it's true today. But some years ago the last resort of the penurious, hungry traveler seeking sustenance was the bocadillo de calamares--which becomes a gourmet item if you can afford a cold copa of fino to go with it.
Cantabene

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#25751 - 01/15/01 01:11 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)
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PLEASE cantabene, you're killing me!! I'm having El Brillante flashbacks and stomach pangs!! ARGH!!!!
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#25752 - 01/15/01 02:36 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)
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Madridman:
I can understand your anguish. I suffered similarly for years, until I made a dedicated effort to master the basics of Spanish cooking.

The toughest part was finding the ingredients. Eventually I tracked down reliable sources for chorzio and morcilla. And I practiced a lot using the Penelope Casas books. Her book on paellas was a breakthrough for me. I can now boast of being able to whip up a excellent paella in minutes, thanks to Ms. Casas.

I also bought a small electric deep frier, and started buying good olive oil by the gallon. Finding moderately priced sources of fino was a challenge, but even that can be done.

Now, with some squid always in the freezer, along with some shark meat for bienmesabe, and a bottle of fino and good olives always in the fridge, I need never suffer those hunger pangs for long.

Go thou and do likewise. :-)
Cantabene

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#25753 - 08/03/01 07:08 AM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)
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Registered: 06/18/01
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Loc: Portugal
Thank you for the recommendations on this thread! I went to Diamantino and was great... I didn't have any trouble finding it because they were handing out leaflets outside some museums. But if I hadn't read about it here, I probably would have thought it too good to be true and wouldn't have gone there!
Thanks all!

Guida smile

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#25754 - 09/05/01 09:15 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)
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Registered: 08/19/01
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Hola,
I'll be in Madrid for Noche Buena, what restaurant would you all recommend ? Particularly those serving roast suckling pig. A friend recomended Casa Botin in Cuchilleros.
Gracias wink
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#25755 - 09/05/01 09:42 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)
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Booklady, I don't think Casa Botín falls under the category of "Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)" ;), but you'll find some other info on this place if you use the SEARCH link above/right and type BOTIN MADRID. (psst! I'd bet Botín would be bursting at the windows on Christmas Eve)

But for Cheap Eats, I ALWAYS recommend El Brillante Bar/Eatery across from Atocha. I doubt it'll be as packed as other real restaurants. smile
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