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Eating Out in Granada

GRANADA GASTRONOMY
Habas con Jamón

Granada's cuisine, like its culture and architecture, has been greatly influenced by Northern Africa. Some typical Granadan dishes include habas con jamón de Trevélez (beans and Trevélez ham), patatas a lo pobre (potatoes with garlic, paprika and bacon), migas andaluzas, a dish similar to cous-cous but made with bread crumbs and fried eggs. Granada's cold winter climate has given rise to a variety of hearty, seasonal dishes like la olla de San Antón (a stew made with dried, locally grown beans and white beans) and gachas pimentoneras (porridge with paprika). Granadan Gazpacho has a special, regional touch, so be sure to try it out. Also be sure to try Ajo Blanco, a soup made with almonds and garlic that originated from gazpacho.

Migas Andaluzas

Shwarmas, called chawarmas in Spanish, are the local fast food of choice. Arabic fried food shops are abundant throughout Granada and aside from shwarmas and chips sell many other North African foods. Be aware that Arab kebaps in Granada are not the same as kebaps in many other parts of Spain, like Madrid, where Turkish kebaps proliferate.

TIPPING

In restaurants about 10% or 15% will suffice if you're satisfied with the service, though tipping is not universal. With tapas being free a majority of the time, it is greatly appreciated when you do.

WHERE TO GO
Patatas a lo Pobre

Granada is a great place for fans of international cuisine, blending Moorish and traditional Granadan ingredients. In most bars you go to you will find a selection of tapas ready for you to try and in most bars in Granada they are provided free with drinks. It is no wonder that many students on a tight budget partake in tapeos, meaning bar crawls for eating tapas, to keep their hunger at bay. If you do happen to see yourself trying some of the local tapas here are some of the dishes you will find: aceitunas (olives), pescadito frito (fried fish), tortilla (Spanish omelette), calamares (fried squid rings), pinchitos (pork/lamb kebab) or simply patatas (potato chips or crisps).

For traditional Granadan cuisine at an affordable price, drop by the Chikito. This restaurant, at the Plaza de Campillo, is a hit with locals and tourists alike. This was the meeting place of a literary club that Federico García Lorca belonged to. Try their habas con jamón (beans with ham) and solomillo nazarí (Nasarid sirloin steak). An outdoor terrace is available in the Summer. Be sure to stop by a shwarma shop too for a quick bite. On a street just off Elvira, called calle Calderería, you can find the one of Granada's most striking sights: the entire street is dedicated to Arab tea houses and artesanía (traditional handcrafting). The perfect place for taking a leisurely stroll and a hot cup of delicious tea. If you're crazy about seafood then Cunini is at the forefront in Granada, with a first rate selection and welcoming staff. You have the option of eating tapas or having a full meal. For a real infusion of taste with an influence of Moroccan character try Restaurante Arrayanes. A number of popular dishes will help you to explore the delights of North African cookery.

If you are looking to try traditional Granadan food then check out Terraza Las Tomasas to put a creative edge to your meal. Smoked octopus and veal sirloin in black pepper sauce is enough to tickle even the most seasoned taste buds. Finally, with all the benefits of a good meal we imagine you'll want a good drink to go with it. A great cup of coffee can do wonders and you'll find it in The Safari Lounge. There are many good reasons to go, including great hummous, a wide selection for vegetarians, feel-good music complementing the theme and, of course, outstanding coffee.

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