Barcelona is home to countless tapas joints. They sit on street corners and back alleys all over the city. Many are commercialized and target tourists, while others are homegrown, centuries-old locations. There are plenty to choose from.
After checking out a few duds, a few run-of-the-mills, and a few locales with an abundance of food and lack of patrons, it was surely a sign from the tapas gods that we stumbled upon Bodega Biarritz.
Owned by a smiling and talented young woman from Biarritz (another destination that holds a special place in my heart) and staffed by the friendly and accommodating Manolo, Bodega Biarritz is home to some amazing tapas/pinchos and a fantastic vibe. The chorizo was my favorite, but the potato cake and onion tart also held high spots. Nothing that I ate was forgettable. While one night, we had to line up in the street for a seat at the bar, another afternoon we were one of four groups enjoying a quick bite; both times, it was an experience to remember.
Bodega Biarritz was, and will remain, my favorite tapas/pinchos joint in Barcelona. It's anything but run-of-the-mill.