Saturday, July 7, 2007

QUE BO! Great food -- there or on the go!!


Another of my favorite places to eat is Que Bo, a little eatery specializing in bocadillo (baguette) sandwiches and mid-eastern style platters. Located on the edge of the Barri Gotic. (Barrio Gotico in Spanish, Gothic Quarter in English.), it's a cozy, comfortable corner venue with lots of natural light and friendly, helpful staff.
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Sometimes I enjoy eating inside, but it can get crowded, especially since it is a WiFi Hot Zone and often has sports playing on the flat screen TV. Therefore, at other times I take my food outside to sit on a bench in the Barri Gotic or to the yacht basin nearby to watch the boats and people.
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You can choose from a variety of items that are displayed behind glass. For example, yesterday I got a huge chicken bocadillo stuffed with lettuce, onion, tomatoes and mayo. I could have had much more on the sandwich, as customers go up to the deli-like display case to point out to the cook what to put on the sandwich. Other garnish items available include green peppers, olives, carrots, pasta, basmati rice, mint leaves, cucumber, etc. Other spreads and sauces include yogurt, chili, satay and a special green sauce which I believe is made of cilantro and chilies.
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As a side dish I ordered patatas bravas, crispy potato cubes served with a spicy tomato sauce. I then picked up a soft drink and headed out to enjoy the food while sitting on a bench looking out at the yacht basin.
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How much did all of this cost? Bocadillo - 3.50; patatas bravas - 2.50.
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The sandwich was so filling and the patatas bravas serving so large that I could not eat all of the potatoes! So, if you are hungry but really cost conscious, a sandwich alone should be quite filling. If you are getting your food to go and want to save even more money, after buying your sandwich go to the little convenience store a few doors down and buy a soft drink for about 50 cents.
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Here is a sample of menu items and prices:
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For 1.50 - Soft drinks, fruit drinks, aromatic teas
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For 2.50 - Veggie Bocadillo, Gouda Bocadillo, Manchego Bocadillo, Tuna Bocadillo, Tortilla Bocadillo (not a Mexican tortilla but a Spanish one, which we English speakers call a Spanish Omelettte), Patatas Bravas
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For 3.50 - Chicken Bocadillo, Salmon Bocadillo, Grilled Meat Bocadillo, Salad al Gusto
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For 6 euros - Salad and Beef Platter; Salad and Chicken Platter; Salad and Beef/Chicken Platter
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For dessert they offer crepes made right before your eyes for 3 euros.
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So, delight in a freshly made meal there or take it with you to enjoy al fresco in Barcelona's oldest neighborhood, near the yacht basin or even on the beach, which is only about a 15-20 minute walk. And it's all possible for anywhere from 4 euros (a take away sandwich with a drink from next door) to 10.50 (a salad and meat platter with a drink and desert).
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Que Bo!
On the corner of C/ de la Fusteria and C/ de la Merce
Just beside the main post office at Pl. Antonio Lopez

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