Carrer de Floridablanca, 140, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
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El Laurel You can grab pizza, pasta, and salads here, but most folks come to El Laurel for just one thing: the empanadas. Mix and match among 15 different varieties priced at just 2.20 euros (about $2.50) each. The flavor combinations are far from typical: There’s the Negrita, black pastry made with cuttlefish ink and stuffed with cuttlefish, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil; and the Yello, its carrot-flavored dough filled with plums, bacon, mozzarella, and almonds. Meat lovers will dig the Dino, a spicy blend of diced veal, onion, sweet potato, and chili pepper. And for dessert, there’s La Dulce, with apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, nuts, quince, and red wine. Movie posters line the bright red walls, a nod to the Renoir Floridablanca movie theater right across the street.