My girlfriend and I walked into this place randomly as a result of the smokey aroma wafting from the doorway. There were no more than 3 people in here at about 2PM in the afternoon, but we never judge a restaurant by the size of the clientele. We wanted a quick bite to hold us over until our dinner reservation that evening, so we ordered two canas and we were given the obligatory free tapas to go with our beers. Unlike many of the free tapas in Granada that were small and uninspired, we were served a cut of pork leg which had been roasting on a spit for 8 hours, atop a coal-grilled slice of bread. Salty, moist, succulent...just Magnificent.
After talking to the man behind the bar about the meat he cooked, and the coal grill that he tended with each new tapa dish he prepared, I learned that he was Alberto, and he owned the joint. At the end of the bar, reading the local paper was his wife, and we began to chat about our trip, the city, and the restaurant.
No less than 3 hours later had we tasted numerous tapas that Alberto prepared for us, washing them down beer after beer, we soon realized we were going to miss our dinner reservation, and we were not upset by this in the least. We stayed in La Abadia from 2PM until they closed, taking in the local vibe and chatting it up with all the patrons that came in.
Alberto is one of the only places in the city that cooks on a coal fired grill, and let me tell you, the food that comes off of it, is top notch. He also makes a mean pitcher of Sangria, as well as a few other specialties including his take on a hamburger that he entered into a local competition, which was phenomenal!
Do yourself a favor and don't miss this place, as it's can be overlooked on the crowded street of more touristy establishments. Alberto runs, what is now, our favorite tapas bar in all of Spain, and certainly made an impression we will not soon forget.
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