Casa Labra / Tetuán, 12
In the vicinity of Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid, you will find one of the most emblematic tascas in town. Founded in 1860, it continues to brighten the lives of anyone who comes through the door. The joyful and relaxed atmosphere feels hardly changed since the 19th century. In addition to some of the best Manchego cheese and Iberian ham, Casa Labra also serves local specialties in its charming dining room. Guests can feast on tripe or cod, prepared in various ways: with tomato, Vizcaya style, pil-pil or in green salsa. They also offer a selection of wines to accompany the tasty dishes.
La Casa del Abuelo / Victoria, 12
La Casa del Abuelo is within walking distance of Madrid’s Retiro Park. Four generations after its founding in 1906, the place seems impervious to the passage of time. It is a proud reminder of a past that doesn’t want nor does it plan to disappear because it is an integral part of the essence of the city. In the 1940s, the cozy establishment began serving grilled and garlic prawns. Such was the quality of their dishes they attracted the attention of politicians, actors, and writers of the time. Shortly after, owner Patricio Ruiz developed his own sweet wine to accompany the famous prawns. Today, La Casa del Abuelo has two branches, but the original on Victoria Street remains the most popular because it is the most authentic and traditional. Apart from the fresh prawns, the menu at La Casa del Abuelo also features the emblematic cocido madrileño (Madrid stew). Other house specialties include Iberian ham croquettes, Andalusian squid, Galician octopus, cod, and unforgettable seafood paella. ■