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Some eats in the "authentic" La Latina

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Some eats in the "authentic" La Latina

Most tourists who venture in Latina by Cava Baja Street usually only get to the Plaza de la Cebada. South of this square is a maze of streets where taverns and traditional businesses still remain, like the wax-chandler's shop next to the church of La Paloma or the wineskins handcrafted by Julio on Calle del Aguila. In mid-August, when the feast of the Virgen de La Paloma, Calatrava and surrounding streets bustle at night. One of them, Calle Tabernillas, retains this name since in medieval times was a place where some taverns were installed outside the city walls.

Off the tourist trail, this part of the district of La Latina has been called "La Latina cara B" (La Latina B-side). Those who come in search of tapas long gone through the rite of initiation (Mercado de San Miguel and Cava Baja) and are familiar with the calamares, patatas bravas and Padrón peppers. This is not an area for sophisticated tapas or "molecular" food but the traditional and popular tapas that taverns are serving since several decades. Most premises do not have an attractive decoration, as if to keep his secret for people-in-the-known.

La Paloma is a narrow bar where for generations the neighbors have enjoyed grilled shrimp washed down with cañas; Arganzuela serves one of the best "bienmesabe" in town; in Cervecería Same one can feel the buzz of the neighborhood while having grilled pork's ear, which I recommend to adventurous eaters. Muñiz makes the best churros in La Latina but also serves tapas. On the same street there are also two of my favorite tabernas in the area: Casa Dani for cheese and cured ham and Casa Gerardo for salted anchovies. Interestingly Dani and Gerardo are not the names that are labeled on the front but everyone knows them by those names. In Casa Mateos is common to see groups of friends having dinner of tapas and Taberna J. Blanco prepare good callos. Already in El Rastro, Santurce only open till 3pm to sell grilled sardines. On weekends, people also occupies Los Caracoles demanding snails.

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1. Re: Some eats in the "authentic" La Latina

Thank you, Revulgo, for a tapas tour of this area. Obviously, you probably could guess which one I focused on...and it's not even a typical tapas place although you say it does serve tapas as well.. Please take me to Muñiz ASAP for my avatar.

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Muñiz is an unpretentious neighborhood bar --a "dive" in the good sense of the word-- He makes churros for breakfast, for having them standing up at the bar, no tables. In fact, in the 70s, Muñiz traveled to New Orleans as a "master churrero" in a food fair.

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3. Re: Some eats in the "authentic" La Latina

Ok, we want to go there, how to get there from the Westin Madrid??

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4. Re: Some eats in the "authentic" La Latina

TA needs to add a "Like" button! Thanks for this information!!!

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You can walk from the Westin Palace. It's about a 15-20 minute walk and very pleasant. Alternatively you can take the metro, but it's so close I'd walk it. Then again, we used to walk to that neighborhood daily because we lived near your hotel and my son went to school in La Latina. Ask for directions from your hotel to a specific restaurant (they'll draw it out on a map) or basically walk to the Plaza Mayor and out Calle Toledo and into La Latina.

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6. Re: Some eats in the "authentic" La Latina

Do any of these places open in August?

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7. Re: Some eats in the "authentic" La Latina

Great, thanks for the directions.

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8. Re: Some eats in the "authentic" La Latina

Many places are closed in August. You'd have to take your chances.

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9. Re: Some eats in the "authentic" La Latina

We arrive in Madrid this Sunday, June 2 and stay til Saturday.

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You'll be fine Stormy, it's LAX who will be taking their chances in August.