El Ejido is the heart of the vegetable/salad growing región of Almeria in southern Spain where the huge plastic greenhouses are so dense that they can reputedly be seen from space. The mayor has recently been tried for corruption and there are said to be more banks per square meter here than anywhere else in Spain. Certainly, it is the site of Spain's only prestigious "El Corte Inglés" department store in Andalusia. So, there is plenty of money here and also plenty of poverty with migrant workers on low day-wages looking for jobs picking tomatoes or whatever crop is in season.
Outside the centre of the town but close to the warehouses where the vegetables are processed and packed for sale all over the world is La Costa. This restaurant is not very obvious and sits below a pension guest house of the same name, just past the BP garage on the main high Street "El Boulevar" going West out of town. I don't think it still has a Michelin star and its prices have tumbled since five years ago but the food is every bit as good.
This is probably the finest food in all of Almería. I particularly like the "Menu degustación de Tapas" which is large enough to share between two. Their wines are superb and an excellent meal for two, with three glasses of delicious wine each, last cost me €35. It is just off the A7 motorway - take the turning for El Ejido Oeste and turn left when you get to the main Street. The staff are smartly dressed, very efficient, the atmosphere is excellent but does not really get going until after 14:30 when the farmers come in with their payments from the market. I advise you to go to the main bar rather than the restaurant which is quite cold and lacks character. If you are passing you should not miss this treat.
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