Tortilla de patata – an omelette bulked up with potatoes and onions – is one of Spain’s most famous dishes and is served in practically every bar and restaurant in Córdoba. The quality of this ubiquitous dish can vary hugely, though, so below we’ve brought together some of the best places to enjoy tortilla in this beautiful city, from the uber-traditional to the refreshingly-modern.
Situated just down the road from the opulent Palacio de Viana – the star attraction of Córdoba’s annual Feria de los Patios – is El Tercio Viejo, a tiny little bar that serves some of the best and cheapest tapas in the neighbourhood. There’s virtually no space inside, so customers quickly fill up the small outside terrace to enjoy tapas and cold beers whilst watching the world go by on the busy street that heads down to Viana. The tortilla here is just as good as you’d expect from a typically Cordoban joint and is likely to be some of the cheapest you’ll find in the city. Don’t leave without also trying a glass full of snails – Viejo’s signature snack.
One of Córdoba’s most famous old restaurants, Bodegas Campos is a must-visit if you want to eat and drink with the locals in a typically Andalusian environment. A labyrinth of charming rooms, patios and corridors split over several levels, Campos serves traditional Andalusian dishes – including the ubiquitous tortilla – with flare and imagination. You can enjoy their homemade tortilla propped at the bar in the informal tavern or seated in the restaurant, but wherever you are you’ll receive excellent service. Accompany your food with a glass of their very own Montilla – the city’s favourite sweet wine – for a truly Cordoban gastronomic experience. The stewed bull’s tail, another southern Spanish classic, is also a must-try.
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