As a hard-core food and wine traveler I research the local spots, dishes and beverage specialties whenever I’m planning a trip. I’ve been known to search endless food and wine porn photos, posts and any info I can find into the local gastronomic culture as if I’m writing a thesis on the subject.
My interest in Calle Laurel, an area within the old town section of Logrono, Spain was certainly piqued by articles describing the vast amount of local specialties served up and down a narrow street lined with over 60 small tapas bars and restaurants. Each location has an item unique to their menu, some have a central theme while others boast of secret recipes passed down from previous generations. It would be shear madness to try to conquer this street filled with culinary wonder in a single evening! Descriptions of travelers that have attempted more than their fair share of merriment has spawned Calle Laurel the nickname “The Trail of Elephants”, as many emerge on all fours, making sounds not unlike those omitting from a herd of sated pachyderms after a night ravaging in the wild.
fried version to a simple but deadly preparation Galician style, dressed simply with olive oil and paprika. Also enjoy a Galician wine served in porcelain dishes, a tradition of the region.
Donosti This brightly lit counter style spot is THE place to stop for foie! Glazed with a sweet violet jam and washed down with a local cider or wine. You will be tempted to order two but save room for their potato and ham croquettes as well. Slamming good!
Angel Bar Who would think 3 stacked mushrooms, doused in a garlic butter and topped with a single shrimp could taste sooooo good? Simplicity rules. This is said to be a secret recipe passed down from Angel Villanueva who opened this gem in 1960. Today his daughter and grandson proudly grill their family secret in view of customers enjoying wines poured from over 20 local vineyards.
Meson del Abuelo This comfy spot is packed with locals eating both at the counter and in a cozy dining room serving steak, chops and seafood. My pick here is the chorizo cooked down with cider, with a bit of the same to wash it down with! A list of over 30 different Spanish wines is offered at an extremely reasonable price.