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Eating out in Cádiz
All suggestions in gastronomy should include the local products, fresh fish ( chova, caballas, rape, acedías, calamares, pescados de roca, the popular urta done as “a la roteña” ), seafood ( langostinos, cigalas ), groceries (peppers, tomatoes) , excellent Retinto meat in the south part of the province, wine ( Jerez, Manzanilla de Sanlúcar, moscatel de Chipiona ) or pastries as Tocino de Cielo ( originary from this area of Andalusia ).
Among the many places you can find to eat out in the surroundings of Costa Ballena we would probably choose the following:
To eat informally (tapas, etc):
Bar Quino in Chipiona: neither elegant, nor even beautiful, but however it has an open air terrace and grilled fresh fish is great, as it is its price. You choose which piece you want and they grill it for you, a good value.
El Gato in Chipiona: not far from the above mentioned, in the vicinity of Santuario de Regla: another of those cheap restaurants where you can have an abundant and good meal although decoration is not its specialty. A classic in Chipiona. Open all year round.
Bar Playa in Chipiona: situated right into the heart of the town , in the main square by the pedestrian street. Really good to have tapas of “pescado frito” or “aliños”. Terrace in summer.
Bar La Concha in Rota: right in front of Luna Castle, in the heart of the old town. Nice atmosphere.
In Jerez, we like to go to Casa Juanito and Bar Chinini for some tapas, both located in the city centre by Plaza del Arenal.
In Cádiz, you can enjoy “pescaito frito” in several places around the city, being Freiduria Las Flores the most famous one. Other good places for tapas would be El Balandro, Aurelio or Joselito.
In Sanlúcar, a couple of good spots for having excellent tapas in front of the town hall are Casa Balbino and Barbiana.
Puerto de Santa María, is quite popular Romerijo
in “Ribera del Marisco”, where you can buy big amounts of
shellfish and fried fish and eating it there.
In Chipiona, traditional La Pañoleta, close to Cruz del Mar beach is another option.
In Sanlúcar we would always suggest Casa Bigote, which offers the best “langostinos” and “guisos marineros”. El Mirador de Doñana and Casa Juan are also remarkable. All of them are located in Bajo de Guía headquarter, by the sea and it would be better to go there early or reserve seat in advance since it is a very popular place.
In Cádiz, our favourite restaurant is no doubt El Faro, two blocks away from La Caleta beach. There are some other good restaurants, as Achuri, in Calle Plocia, next to Congress Palace. Going to San Fernando, in the outskirts, one of our favourites Ventorrillo del Chato with excellent seafood recipes, in a XVIII c. inn.
Right on the way from Jerez to Sanlucar there is a good restaurant called Venta Antonio where they prepare a tasty “Urta a la Roteña” dish and good grilled fish. Other remarkable places in Jerez are Meson la Cueva, in the outskirts, or Sadunia, El Bosque, Tendido 6 o La Mesa Redonda (fine cuisine in an elegant ambiance), closer to the city centre.
In El Puerto de Sta María we would suggest La Dorada, Los Portales, La Góndola and Las Bóvedas (the restaurant of Monasterio de San Miguel Hotel) just in the centre of the town and El Faro ( by the same owners of the so-called in Cadiz) in the surroundings.
If going to Arcos I would give a try El Convento winner of several prizes and located in an old palace within the historic city..
Cadiz el Chico restaurant deserves a visit for its regional
food. More informal but also good is El Tabanco in tiny
El Bosque town.