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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore Design Through the Ages in Zaragoza


2. Where to Eat

For unbeatable tapas, get a table at Bodegas Almau (Calle de Estebanes Estébanes 10; 34-976-29-98-34), a family-owned tavern dating back to 1870. The house specialty is rich and piquant sardines on crusty bread and bowls of tangy olives paired with a glass of local Garnacha. Pair with any of the floor-to-ceiling stacks of wine representing almost every region and variety in Spain.

The exclusive Aragonia Paradis, located at the Palafox Hotel, has an equally impressive wine collection (they carry 800 varieties) and traditional Aragonese cuisine. Order the tender ternasco asado, lamb roasted for a glacial eighteen hours, while taking in the cream-colored, Pascua Ortega–designed dining room.

A Zaragoza fixture set on a bustling street in the center of town, Antiguo Tabernillas serves a menu heavy on excellent Spanish seafood in a refined atmosphere. Request a cozy banquette and order the simple but delicious grilled lenguado or succulent medallions of monkfish.

Published on Jun 9, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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