Madrid: Food and Drink

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Madrid Food and Drink

In Madrid, as well as in the rest of Spain, tapas is an old gastronomic tradition. You can find hundreds of restaurants serving delectable tapas, accompanied by a small glass of wine or beer, which are remarkably well priced. A good number of dishes and recipes can be named which are considered typical of Madrid, including the Cocido Madrileño, a stew combining chickpeas with vegetables (cabbage, celery, carrots, turnips and potatoes) and chicken, beef and pork and which is turned into a huge and rather tasty meal.

Callos or tripe is another of the typical dishes identified with local cuisine and may be found in some of the well-known restaurants in Madrid, although some British visitors aren’t always tempted by the thought of tripe! It is definitely worth a try though. Sopa de ajo (garlic soup) is very tasty, as are the caracoles (snails), tortilla de patatas (potato omelette) and dishes in which bacalao (cod) is the central ingredient.