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Top 5 Dishes in Madrid

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Madrid, as every cosmopolitan city in the world, offers its visitors a large variety of good restaurants where they can enjoy a great meal.  Eating tapas is the most commonly known practice in Madrid but if you are looking for a traditional Spanish meal there are numerous dishes you must try. Most of them consist of meat, but you can also find some dishes based on seafood and vegetables.

Patatas Bravas MadridPhoto by scaredy_kat

Let’s start with everyone’s favorite, the cocido madrileño. This famous beef-and-vegetable stew consists of three courses and it’s usually served at restaurants on Tuesdays, especially in winter season. Each course is called “vuelco” and the first one consists on the broth with a small amount of rice; the second one its chickpeas and vegetables and the third one is the meat.

Also try callos a la madrileña, a stew made of a mixture of beef tripe, snout and hoof, chorizo, black pudding, tomatoes, hot pepper, onion and garlic.  Like most dishes in Spain it is usually accompanied by fresh bread to spread its delicious sauce.  It is also most commonly eaten in wintertime.

If we are talking about traditional dishes in Madrid, tortilla de patata is a name that you are going to come around for sure.  This potato omelet is the simplest most delicious dish ever.  You can have it plain (just potatoes and eggs) or add onions, pepper, and even tuna.  Yummy!!

Garlic soup is another great thing you have to try while visiting the city.  It initially came from Castilla y Leon but nowadays is considered as one more of the city’s traditional dishes.  It became famous when famous writer Alejandro Dumas praised about its great taste.

It’s now time to try something for the sweet lovers. If what you are looking for is a traditional dessert, don’t leave without trying the world famous nougat candy.  They used to be only available in Christmas time but now you can find them and all its different varieties all year round.

You can try some tapas like patatas bravas, potatoes with spicy sauce, and huevos rotos, fried eggs with French fries too.  These are usually served as appetizers when having a beer at any local bar.

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Gabriela Ordenana is an Ecuadorian freelance travel writer currently living at Oahu, Hawaii. She loves traveling around the world and has lived in Europe for many years.

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