MFT Team Spills Secrets: Foodie Guide to Madrid!

Recently we’ve added some new members to the Madrid Food Tour team! Coincidently all girls, this group of ladies are tapas lovers, wine guzzlers, and overall Madrid enthusiasts! Below they share some of their insider secrets of our favorite city in a foodie guide to Madrid!

Courtney Likkel- Social Media Intern

Favorite restaurant

Juana la Loca in La Latina. If I were to die tomorrow, I’d want my last meal to be their pincho de tortilla and huevos rotos, generously washed down with a few glasses of tinto de veranoTortilla de patatas and huevos rotos are my most perilous addictions, and after a year of vigorous taste testing, I’m convinced that Juana la Loca offers the best of both.

Go-to tapa

I’ll almost always go for a pincho de tortilla (sin pan (no bread) so it’s Celiac-friendly for me!) or tasty pimientos de padrón, fried and salted to perfection.

Tip: Check out our suggestions for gluten free in Madrid!

Favorite Spanish drink

Vino tinto, without a doubt. I vary between Rioja and Ribera del Duero, but lately I’ve been really into Ribera. That said, you can never go wrong with ordering a glass of tinto de verano on a sunny day!

Why Madrid?

I first visited Madrid in 2010 while I was studying abroad in Cádiz, and I was instantly enamored by its unpretentious charm and sophistication. Dissatisfied with small-town life in the south, the capital possessed everything that I was yearning for. When I decided to move back to Spain to teach English as an auxiliar de conversación, I knew that Madrid was the city for me. A mecca of vivacious neighborhoods with diverse personalities, Madrid’s many flavors continue to seduce me even after a year of living here.

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Lauren Bonheim- Social Media Intern

Favorite restaurant

Every Thursday evening you will find me, chatting away at a small wooden table surrounded by overflowing drinks, generous servings of tapas and some of my favorite people. Petisqueira is a small traditional neighborhood bar and coming here weekly has become a tradition among my friends. It is one of few bars in Madrid that accompanies each and every drink order with a large helping of free tapas.  I love coming here for a budget-friendly night out or to try whatever is on the menu that day!

Go-to tapa

What a terrible question. There are WAY too many amazing tapas in Spain! The reason I love the culture of tapas is because you should never have to choose just one!  The point is to share! Some of my go-to choices would be albondigas (meatballs in brown gravy), tortilla de patatas (spanish omelet) and really anything that involves goat cheese or ham. I’ll try anything twice! 🙂

Favorite Spanish drink

What I’m drinking definitely depends on my mood, the weather and what I have going on that day! Before coming to Spain I wasn’t a big wine drinker, and when I did order the occasional glass, I always went with white. After being in Madrid for just one year, I now almost always prefer red! Actually I’ve come to love the taste of vino tinto so much that most whites are too sweet for me now!  Vino tinto has a way of warming the soul, making it the perfect beverage for the colder months!

Why Madrid?

Madrid captured my heart when I studied abroad in the city 3 years ago! I always knew I needed to find a way to come back and that I wasn’t finished in Spain. Thankfully the auxiliar de conversación program allowed me to do so! Madrid is such a diverse and relatable city and the madrileño culture is so easy to get along with. There really is something for everyone to love!

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Elizabeth Harding- PR Intern

Favorite restaurant

Taberna El Buo in Chueca. They serve great traditional Spanish food, in large portions using fresh ingredients. The pork tostada is amazing, and their tortilla is one of the best I’ve tried in Madrid. I also love Taberna Txakolina in La Latina for pintxos!

Go-to tapa

I love the combination of goat’s cheese and caramelized onion, so I’ll often order this as a tostada/pintxo if it’s on offer. Or I’ll eat a different kind of cheese tapa – whether a fresh cheese, tomato and pesto arrangement, or just a blue cheese spread on bread… If it’s cheesy, I’ll eat it.

Favorite Spanish drink

Although I’ve never really been a big beer drinker, I quite like a caña con limón. It’s the perfect refreshing beverage for a casual Sunday afternoon.

Why Madrid?

I originally came to Madrid on a whim, but the electric ambience of this city has kept me here. There’s always somewhere new to go, and something new to do. Streets, parks and squares are always alive with people eating, drinking, talking and walking – they really make the most of life. Once you start doing it yourself, it’s quite addictive.

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Kelly Maslow- Tour Guide

Favorite restaurant

Too hard! Lately, Tres Bocas. Traditional Spanish dishes with a modern twist.

Go-to tapa

Anything cured from the Iberian pig – salchichón, lomo, and of course, jamón.

Favorite Spanish drink

I wouldn’t be (adopted) Spanish if I didn’t say Gin Tonic.

Why Madrid?

I was missing the big city life after years down south in Sevilla.

Debbie Musgrove- Tour Guide

Favorite restaurant

I discovered Lateral in my first few months living here back in 2010 and have loved it ever since. The menu is packed with well priced and delicious traditional Spanish tapas but with clever contemporary twists! It’s a great restaurant to head to for a special occasion, a date or if you’ve got the folks in town as it caters for every taste. Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations and tables fill up quickly, so it’s best to head down there at around 9pm to cut down on the waiting time.

Go-to tapa

I love my veggies and so grilled padrón peppers are always one of my first choices off of any menu. I like to call them the Russian Roulette of Spanish cuisine as only about 1 in every 30 are spicy. It’s a fun dish to pass around amongst friends to see who ends up with the hottest one!

Favorite Spanish drink

I’m lucky enough to live across the road from the famous Casa Mingo which provides you with copious amounts of sweet cider every time you visit. I can’t say I’m any good at the typical Asturian pouring technique (the cider is poured into the glass from a fair height) as most of it ends up splashed on my shoes, but I always give it a good go every time I crack open a bottle!

Why Madrid?

As a native Londoner, I crave the hustle and bustle of a capital city but love the laid-back Spanish lifestyle – Madrid is the perfect combination of the two. It’s an unpretentious, fun and international city, which I’ve yet to find elsewhere in Spain. I’ve often toyed with the idea of moving elsewhere and even packed my bags and headed for a small town Spain’s northern coast for a while, but I always find myself gravitating slowly back to the capital. As they say, you can take the girl out of the city…

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1 Comment

  1. Ian says
    November 17, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I`m sure the tours are great fun with great food,how could they not be if the beautiful ladies above are the guides,One day i will get there again.

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