• 17Dec

    This tapas destination is located in the heart of Madrid. It is particularly known for its tripe (callos) and squid in its ink (calamares en su tinta). Check the place out; it’s an official artistic monument. Calle Alcalá, 99. Metro Retiro

  • 09Dec

    The actual name of this tapas bar is La Fama del Vermut. “Mejillonera” comes from “mejillón”, which means “mussel”.  Not surprisingly, this eatery is famous for the innumerable ways it prepares mussels. There are, however, many other delicious tapas to try. Located at Calle Andrés Mellado, 90. Metro Moncloa

  • 05Dec

    Madrid alone has several hundred tapas bars and restaurants. Chipén has the reputation of being a place that could not be more Castillian: “madrileño de pura cepa”.  Locals say it’s well worth the visit. Located at Calle Cardenal Cisneros, 39. Metro Quevedo

  • 04Dec

    Although titled a “cervecería”, this is a tapas destination. The following question says it all: “¿Qué madrileño que conozca el tapeo desconoce este sitio?”. Translation: “What Madrilenian who knows tapas doesn’t know this place?”. Located at Plaza de Santa Ana. Metro Sol

  • 25Nov

    My Spanish niece has supplied me with an incredible list of bars and restaurants serving “tapas” in Madrid. I love the name of this one, which means “The Bubble that Laughs”. This locale serves huge mussel stews “cazuelas de mejillones”. It’s Asturian, and is said to always be full. Calle Angél, 16. Metro Puerta de Toledo

  • 24Nov

    This establishment is said to be the most renowned bar in Madrid for eating shrimp. Try the “gambas al ajillo”, which is for garlic lovers. Calle Victoria, 12. Metro Sol.

  • 21Nov

    The name says it all: “House of the Beer”.  The local contact says to have a beer there and you’ll not regret it. Calle Luchana 15. Metro Bilbao

  • 22Oct

    My inside source informs that this is a fun place. The menu includes octopus and soft shell crab.  Also check out Club Okra for drinks.  Located at Calle Fernando El Santo 26. Metro Colon. Tel. 34 913 658 217. www.okramadrid.com

  • 16Oct

    El Pelotari is a Basque restaurant, and as would be expected, specializes in beef and fish. The prices are modest. My spy’s favorite dish there is “cocochas”. Located at Calle Recoletos 3.

  • 03Oct

    This restaurant specializes in new Spanish cuisine. It’s a beautiful place. Check out the website. www.oven180.com. Located at Calle Lagasca 32