The historic city of Burgos should definitely not be overlooked when it comes to food. With local products such as morcilla de Burgos (blood sausage packed with pieces of rice and onions), queso de Burgos (a soft fresh cheese), and an excellent range of bars, you’ll have just as good tapas experiences here as in many of Spain’s larger cities. Here’s our pick of the best tapas bars in Burgos.
Mesón Burgos is a very traditional tapas bar with a large wooden bar, traditional blue and white tiles on the walls and a terracotta floor. Both pintxos and tapas bits are lined up in glass cases along the bar and served on squares of slate. Bites include mushrooms stuffed with ham and parsley; classic morcilla de Burgos (black pudding) with roasted pepper; and goat’s cheese with caramelised onions. Don’t forget to order a order a plate of their patatas bravas (fried potato cubes with a spicy tomato sauce)as they’re rumoured to be some of the best in the city.
La Favorita is a trendy and popular tapas bar housed in a large room, clad with wood panels and bare bricks and with legs of ham hanging from the rafters. Try their award-winning anchovy and roasted pepper sandwich or tenderloin with foie gras sandwich. As well as the tapas and pintxos they also offer larger dishes such as rice with clams and seafood, roasted lamb and snails. All the dishes here, from the sandwiches to the mains and the desserts, are beautifully presented.
La Quinta del Monje offers a delicious range of gourmet tapas options including black pudding lollipop with piquillo pepper sauce; deconstructed truffled egg with wild mushroom jam; and a mini cheeseburger with teriyaki mayonnaise and Iberian bacon. While there aren’t too many veggie options, vegetarians will be pleased to see a mini burger of piperrada peppers and soybeans; vegetable tempura and goat’s cheese salad with a red fruit vinaigrette on the menu. Meat and fish mains are also available.
One of Burgos’ most popular and crowded tapas bars is Cervecería Morito, where you’ll find a lively atmosphere and quality food. With its chunky bare stone walls and old wooden rafters, it’s both cosy and rustic, and makes for a great evening out. Try the revueltos Capricho de Burgos (scrambled eggs with potatoes, black pudding, red peppers, baby eels and mushrooms), and as the name suggests, pair it with a cold glass of cerveza (beer).
This modern looking and unassuming bar serves up elaborate tapas plates and pintxos, which both taste great and offer excellent value for money. They serve a good range of bocadillos (filled baguettes), as well as tapas served in small glass jars and mini dishes. Choose from their award-winning tapas menu and order plates such as black pudding with scrambled eggs, ham, tomato cream and basil; or a prawn and vegetable tempura skewer. They also serve mains, although these are not as creative as their tapas offerings.
La Mejillonera feels like a modern fish and chip shop, where diners eat standing up along long silver bars. They specialises in mussels, either steamed, drenched in tomato sauce or topped with peppers, olives and anchovies. There’s not much else on the menu apart from calamari and patatas bravas, which they also do well.
Casa Pancho is a favourite with both locals and visitors to Burgos and is always crowded, with a loud and somewhat chaotic atmosphere. There serve pintxos along the bar, as well as larger sharing tapas plates such as boiled octopus sprinkled with paprika, mushrooms stuffed with bacon and patatas bravas. Make sure to try the pintxo of morcilla de Burgos (black sausage) with a fried quail egg and a slice of red pepper.
Sit at the bar of this cute little establishment, surrounded by old wooden rafters and tiled floors, to a veritable feast of tasty tapas and pintxos options. The bites here are a cut above many, featuring creative combinations and stunning presentation. Think artichoke and wild mushroom smothered in red wine sauce or calamari toast with garlic mayonnaise (alioli) and lemon cream. The bar also has a great selection of local wines, written up on the blackboard.