J. Mariscal Delicatessen
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Granada, Oh for the love of Tapas!
You may know Granada for the spectacular Alhambra palace, but chances are you didn’t know about the Granada province LAW that every bar, cafe or restaurant is required to give customers a FREE Tapa with purchase of beverage. This is The Best part of my former home in Spain. In the province of Granada giving free tapas has been the law for several hundred years, from a time when you needed a piece of bread to cover your drink to keep the flies out; essentially to “Tapar” or ‘cover’ your glass. Now is it possibly the greatest part of Granada, over shadowed by an old castle. Typically you get a few pieces of the same food you can buy in larger portions. The locals know the places to go and have a tradition of “ir de marcha” meaning to walk from bar to bar drinking and making a meal of the free tapas. When you get a second glass of wine you get a second, different, tapa. Third drink comes with a third unique tapa and so on. It’s heaven. Granada is my favorite city in Spain. If you make it here and are faced with a small plate of yummy snacks you didn’t order, just eat it and say Gracias! Top 3 Tapas Bars in Granada: 1) Mariscal Delicatessen – locals only at this deli and bar next to Corte Igeles and celebrating 100 years of outstanding food Los 2) Los Diamantes – Fried Seafood two locations: Plaza Nueva and Calle Navas (tapas street) 3) Bodegas Castaneda – locals favorite for hearty tradition food near Plaza Nueva.
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