We rarely give restaurant recommendations, only because we’re too broke to eat at nice places. But our friend Andy came to visit us from New York and he’s a true foodie who needs to try the best of each country. Luckily he has been a backpacker before and knows what it’s like to be unemployed and on the road; he subsidized all our meals and Perrin and I ate better than ever before. What a good friend to have visit.
Serving Mediterranean cuisine, this romantic restaurant in the Gothic Quarter is good for Greek food (I recommend the Hummus plate and Lamb) and Mediterranean (the Duck Maigret was topped with strawberries and left me sucking each piece for its juice).
Lunch: Tapaç 24
I try to pick restaurants filled with only locals and this underground, cafe-looking joint was filled with Spanish-speakers. The uberhip gastrobar in Eixample, Barcelona showcases local seafood and produce from the nearby La Boqueria Market. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table for four but we sipped sangria to pass the time.
The menu — printed on brown paper bag — isn’t too long but I recommend a few choice items:
The McFoie Burger (pictured), The Bikini (a ham and cheese sandwich that far exceeds anything from grad school lunch rooms) and patatas bravas.