Madrid, Spain - photo by Stan89 under CC0 1.0
Madrid, Spain - photo by Stan89 under CC0 1.0

MADRID: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANDREW ZIMMERN ON DELICIOUS DESTINATIONS

When Andrew Zimmern visited Madrid on his show Delicious Destinations, he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased, all in a convenient list.

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DISH – Jamón Ibérico

WHAT IS IT?

Jamón Ibérico or Iberian ham is produced from the leg of black Iberian pigs. These pigs only eat acorns and grass. The pig leg is packed in salt and hung to cure from 20 months to 4 years.

WHERE IS IT?

La Casa del Abuelo
Calle de la Victoria, 12
Madrid, Spain

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Madrid

Jamón Ibérico is the star at La Casa del Abuelo tapas bar.

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DISH – Gambas al Ajillo

WHAT IS IT?

Gambas al ajillo or garlic shrimp is a delectable Spanish tapa. It is prepared through heating olive oil and dried chili in casuelas (terra cotta cooking and serving dishes). Garlic and fresh shrimps are then added and garnished with a pinch of salt. It is typically served sizzling with bread on the side.

WHERE IS IT?

La Casa del Abuelo
Calle de Goya, 57A
Madrid, Spain

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Madrid

Gambas al ajillo is a favorite tapa at the Casa del Abuelo restaurant.

DISH – Boquerones Fritos

WHAT IS IT?

Boquerones fritos is a popular anchovy tapa in Madrid. It is made with whole anchovies that are lightly breaded before being deep-fried.

WHERE IS IT?

El Señor Martín Pescadería
Plaza de San Miguel, S/N
Madrid, Spain

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Madrid

El Señor Martin is one of the food stalls in Mercado de San Miguel that serve tasty tapas. It is popular for its fresh boquerones fritos, served with a lemon wedge.

DISH – Cochinillo Asado

WHAT IS IT?

Cochinillo asado is the Madrileño take on roasted suckling pig. The suckling pig is roasted whole with herbs and white wine.

WHERE IS IT?

Sobrino de Botín
Calle de Cuchilleros, 17
Madrid, Spain

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Madrid

At Sobrino de Botín, cochinillio asado is prepared through butterflying a suckling pig. It is then seasoned with salt, sweet paprika, garlic, onion, basil, bay leaf and thyme. It is then drenched with white wine and water. The suckling pig is roasted in an oven fueled with local green oak.  

DISH – Cocido Madrileño

WHAT IS IT?

Cocido Madrileño is a deconstructed stew packed with chickpeas, potatoes, beef, pork and chorizo. It is a traditional Madrileño stew based on chickpeas. It is typically enjoyed during winter but is served all year round in some Madrid restaurants.

WHERE IS IT?

LA BOLA
Calle de la Bola, 5
Madrid, Spain

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Madrid

At La Bola, cocido Madrileño is prepared in individual clay pots. The clay pots are filled with beef shoulder, chicken drumstick, ham on the bone, chickpeas, pork fat, chorizo, potato, and water. The pot is left uncovered to sit on coal and simmer for 4 hours. It is then topped with cocido stock and salt is added. No spices or herbs go into the stew. It is then served in deconstructed stages called vueltos. The first vuelto consists of piping hot broth that is spiked red from the paprika in the chorizo. The broth is poured on short fideo (thin Spanish noodles). The second vuelto is a cascade of chickpeas, meat and potato, topped with a spoonful of braised cabbage.

DISH – Bocadillo de Calamares – Delicious Destinations Madrid

WHAT IS IT?

Bocadillo de calamares is a popular Spanish specialty at the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. This squid sandwich is prepared through coating sliced calamari rings in flour before being dropped into hot sunflower oil. The squid rings are then stuffed into sliced Spanish rolls without any sauce or spread.

WHERE IS IT?

Bar La Campana
Calle de Botoneras, 6
Madrid, Spain

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Madrid

Bar La Campana has been serving bocadillo de calamares since 1870. Their bocadillo de calamares is served with a wedge of lemon. Mayonnaise is served on the side upon request.

DISH – Callos a la Madrileña – Delicious Destinations Madrid

WHAT IS IT?

Callos a la Madrileña is a beef tripe and sausage stew spiked with paprika. It is referred to as a poor man’s stew as it is made of typically discarded portions of cattle, like tripe.

WHERE IS IT?

Casa Lucio
Calle de la Cava Baja, 35
Madrid, Spain

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Madrid

Casa Lucio is known for its callos a la Madrileña. The dish is prepared through simmering beef tripe with vegetables, chorizo, blood sausage, ham bone and chili peppers up to an hour in a pressure cooker. The sauce is made with sautéed onion, diced ham and pimentón de la Vera, thickened with flour. The sauce and meat are then simmered together before being plated with more chunks of chorizo and blood sausage.