Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Why I call it Paella Row


Take a walk from the Barceloneta metro station down Passeig de Joan de Borbo / Paseo de Juan de Borbon to the sea and you will find the following places serving food and/or drink:
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First block:
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None (Don't get disappointed!)
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Second block:
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Charleston's - Don't let the name put you off, because this place specializes in Andalusian tapas. (Maybe Charleston sounds exotic to Spaniards.) They also offer combination platters and sandwiches. No paella, though.
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Bella Istanbul - a Turkish restaurant.
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Costa Brava - a tapas cafe and bar.
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Third Block:
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Pita Hut - a middle eastern fast food joint. (Hold on, hold on! Paella's on the way.)
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Can Tipa - OK, it starts here. This seafood and paella restaurant has been here since 1886 and is a great place.
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Simpre Viva - This upstart has only been around since 1913. Serves very good seafood and paella at good prices.
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Arlequino (Harlequin) - A nice little ice cream/sandwich shop and cafe.
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Restaurante Peru - Despite the name, not a Peruvian restaurant, but, guess what, a seafood and paella restaurant.
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Fourth Block:
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L'arros - the real upstart, this trendy looking place has only been around for a few months. Oh, they specialize in rice dishes, such as PAELLA!
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Bar Martistany - a little tapas and sandwich joint.
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La Xurreria del Port - a little doorway counter that serves freshly made churros, the sweet Spanish pastry. Yummy!
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Noroeste Marisqueria - seafood and paella
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Gelato Fratello - Italian ice cream parlor.
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Port Vell - seafood and paella.
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Hispano - delicious seafood and paella since 1917. There are some lovely old photographs on the walls that offer a pictorial history.
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Fifth Block:
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The Fastnet Irish Cafe and Bar - serves Irish and British food. Very popular with expats and tourists from Britain and Ireland. Duh.
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El Dique - seafood and paella.
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Granja Eugenio - a bit of a greasy spoon, serving breakfast, lunch dinner and tapas.
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La Oficina - seafood and paella.
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Toc de Mar - this place is under new management. I have not been since the change but, apparently they still specialize in seafood and paella.
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Sixth Block:
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Deportivo - seafood and paella.
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Pans i Mes - bread and pastry shop that also sells good little sandwiches.
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Dinos - Italian ice cream parlor. (Perhaps after paella and seafood, Italian ice cream is the next most popular food item in Barceloneta.)
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Seventh Block:
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Ancora - a really ugly place serving seafood and paella.
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El Rey de la Gamba - stretching over 4 addresses in a row, this seafood and paella restaurant is definitely the king in size, if not in quality. Not bad, though.
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Las Purras - sandwiches, tapas, combination plates, seafood and pre-cooked paella. :-(
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El Rey de la Gamba - if there isn't room at the other four locations, here are two more!
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Eighth Block:
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Hotel 54's Raco del Pinotxo - overpriced hotel food. No paella.
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Can Emili - seafood and paella.
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La Mar Salada - excellent seafood and paella at a great price.
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Ninth Block:
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Puda Can Manel - after 137 years, this is the "abuela" of them all. This place has been serving excellent seafood and paella since 1870!
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El suquet de L'Almirall - seafood and paella.
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Focyou - seafood but no paella.
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La Marisqueria del Port - seafood and paella.
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Zahara Coctail Club - trendy bar.
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Can Costa - seafood and paella.
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Marti Villoro - seafood and paella.
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Tenth Block:
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Buenas Migas - foccacia, pannini and salads.
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OK, that's it, we're finally at the sea. Twenty two restaurants serving paella over a 10 block stretch! Now do you see what I mean by Paella Row? (And I haven't even mentioned the 4 seafood and paella restaurants on the other side of the Paseo in the Palau del Mar building, because technically they are not located directly on the Paseo.)
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Of course, just walk onto the beach or into the neighborhood if you want more seafood, paella and other types of restaurants to choose from!
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My top 5 recommendations for paella or seafood on Paella Row:
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Can Tipa
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Siempre Viva
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Hispano
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La Mar Salada
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Puda Can Manel
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I hope you get to enjoy them someday.
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Chao amig@s,
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Carloz

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