¡A Tapear!

The Spanish tradition of tapas long ago split from its humble roots: a small plate of cheese or olives served as a cover (tapa) over a glass of wine to protect it from flies. On a recent trip to Madrid we had plenty of those simple dishes, as well as much more involved modern interpretations. Two local Chowhounds, Megan Cytron and Candy Laballe, gave us an overview of the city’s tapas bars—from obscure holes in the wall to beloved, if slightly touristy, spots. See the listings below for details.

¿A Donde Tapear?

Museo del Jamón
Neighborhood: Los Austrias
Calle Mayor, 7
915 314 550

Taberna el Tempranillo
Neighborhood: Los Austrias/La Latina
Calle Cava Baja, 38
913 641 532

Toma Jamón
Neighborhood: Lavapiés
Calle del Mediodía Grande, 6
913 662 917

Txirimiri
Neighborhood: Los Austrias/La Latina
Calle del Humilladero, 6
913 641 196

Casa Lucas
Neighborhood: Los Austrias/La Latina
Calle Cava Baja, 30
913 650 804

Díaz y Larrouy
Neighborhood: Los Austrias/La Latina
Calle Cava Baja, 6
913 667 089

Marisquería la Paloma
Neighborhood: Los Austrias/La Latina
Calle de Toledo, 85
(No phone number available.)

Mercado de la Paz
Neighborhood: Salamanca
Calle de Ayala, 28
914 350 743

Mesón de la Guitarra
Neighborhood: Los Austrias/La Latina
Cava de San Miguel, 13
915 599 531