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#94733 - 04/26/16 09:34 PM The Best Bocadillos de Calamares de Madrid
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This ones for you MM!!

I've only been to 2 of these locations and I know which one you prefer. Enjoy.

LOS MEJORES BOCADILLOS DE CALAMARES DE MADRID

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8eu3xaGX8g


Edited by Rodolfo (04/26/16 09:35 PM)
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#94788 - 05/29/16 08:22 AM Re: The Best Bocadillos de Calamares de Madrid [Re: Rodolfo]
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After reading so much about it here , I am just back from Madrid a wild weekend and stop by for lunch at El Brillante. Had my big portion of bocadillos de Calamares (two small sandwiches) with two cruzcampo jarra (big mugs) beers for 23€ was a bit expensive for my holes in Madrid even if the food was good.

it seems their popularity has reach its limits. My opinion of course.
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#94789 - 05/29/16 09:26 AM Re: The Best Bocadillos de Calamares de Madrid [Re: Rodolfo]
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That IS expensive pedmar. You could have had a decent menu del dia for 12 Euros!
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#94791 - 05/30/16 02:26 PM Re: The Best Bocadillos de Calamares de Madrid [Re: Rodolfo]
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That is what I said robbieroy, a bit expensive for my holes in Madrid....
But try the most popular resto in MadridMan ::)
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#94792 - 05/31/16 02:23 AM Re: The Best Bocadillos de Calamares de Madrid [Re: Rodolfo]
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Yeah. It's possible that I - and others - had a little bit to do with the now high prices at El Brillante. hehehe.. It may also have something to do with the new rental laws which forced many shops/bars to raise prices or close.

El Brillante still is a "staple" in Madrid for high quality Bocadillos de Calamares, but the prices now are nearly prohibitive. I haven't had anything there in awhile, unfortunately.

While I haven't tried the calamares at Bar Postas, this is probably my favorite bar in Madrid. Their chopitos (fried baby squid), morcilla, and even their pimientos de padrón are really good as are their croquetas. This is an old-style bar which scares away many tourists.

Bar La Campana, just off the Plaza Mayor, is one of those places I've never visited - just because it's up against my next-favorite bar in Madrid for calamares, Bar La Ideal - which is smaller, my dive-ish, less tourist-friendly (BONUS!!) and always packed. The bar tenders are great, too. The food at Bar La Ideal is all good and cheap.

One bonus El Brillante has is, of course, their back AND front-side terrazas for outdoor seating. This is something none of the other places have.

Love those Bocadillos de Calamares!!

Saludos, MadridMan

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#94802 - 06/02/16 01:50 PM Re: The Best Bocadillos de Calamares de Madrid [Re: Rodolfo]
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Madrid you hardly go wrong even if overprice. I had some wonderful iberico hams, tortillas, mussels, etc at Cerveceria Cervantes in a very chic area near the Westin Palace hotel and it was very good. For less than El Brillante prices....::)
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