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#25766 - 02/11/03 10:03 AM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid)
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Registered: 02/06/03
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Loc: USA, Boston area
Just as an aside--James Michner said in his epic travelogue "Iberica" that any culture that can eat churros and chocolate in the morning has no need to prove its bravery in any other manner. I am just paraphrasing here since I don't have the book with me but you get the idea.

BTW, I am not knocking churros and chocolate. I love them.

Make sure you get out and try all Madrid has to offer but don't forget that you can go to most mercados and get wonderful fresh bread, cold cuts (chorizo, lomo), olives and the best fresh fruit I have ever eaten. Just don't think that you can pick up the fruit and pick out which ones you want--you're liable to get yelled at. Even if you only have a limited Spanish vocabulary you should be able to shop in a corner grocery--un cuarto de kilo de chorizo, tres manzanas y...you get the idea. Get a decent phrase book and you are all set.
Donna
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#95253 - 02/18/17 05:40 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid) [Re: Marie]
notyor Offline
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Registered: 11/19/01
Posts: 121
Loc: Oldham
Still a great, great thread - I thought it had been about 10 years since I visited Madrid. This suggests it was even longer!

Research gives me the impression Madrid has changed little...

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#95255 - 02/19/17 06:25 AM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid) [Re: Marie]
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Registered: 02/26/06
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Loc: Morbihan, France
hey welcome back! wow amazing to bring back this old thread!!!. Indeed in 10 years Madrid has not change much; I go way back so for me it has....back there in August again lol!
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#95594 - 10/10/17 11:50 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid) [Re: Marie]
Espanvol Offline
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Registered: 04/25/01
Posts: 17
Loc: Tennessee
Is Casa Mingo still operating near Principe Pio?


Edited by Espanvol (10/10/17 11:55 PM)
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#95596 - 10/11/17 01:22 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid) [Re: Marie]
pedmar Offline
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of course alive and kicking at Casa Mingo ::)
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#95800 - 03/11/18 07:35 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid) [Re: Marie]
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Registered: 01/06/01
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Loc: New York City
I love Casa Mingo! And to go across the street to see Goya's Pantheon
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#95969 - 08/12/18 05:03 AM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid) [Re: Marie]
MadridMan Offline


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Registered: 05/06/00
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Loc: Madrid, Spain (was Columbus, O...
I have to admit that I'm kind of put-off by Casa Mingo now. The lines to get in are sometimes prohibitively long, the service isn't that good anymore (rush, rush, rush) and, well, roasted chicken, beer chorizo, salad and cider is a bit boring. Maybe it's okay to try once because of the place alone - AND ONLY IF you can get a table downstairs. If they put you upstairs, it's defeating the whole purpose of the visit. No reservations OR CREDIT CARDS accepted, as I recall. Parking can be a REAL challenge too and it's not city-center either so reaching it will take some effort, going first to Principe Pio and then walking. The prices aren't bad, but I wouldn't put it in the "Cheap Eats" category.

Saludos, MadridMan
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#95978 - 08/14/18 04:11 PM Re: Cheap Eats - Please help! (Madrid) [Re: Marie]
pedmar Offline
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Loc: Morbihan, France
Casa Mingo is falling pray to its years of popularity like many other places do. I just hope they stay open for the sake of history and not another one of those goners in Madrid.
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