ANDALUCÍA - CÁDIZ - TABERNA CASA MANTECA
TABERNA CASA MANTECA
Cádiz is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Western Europe, with archaeological remains dating back 3100 years. Founded by the Phoenicians, it was the trading port with the Americas during the 18th and 19th centuries.
This famous spot in the Casco Antiguo (the older part of Cádiz is within the remnants of the city walls and is commonly referred to as the Old Town) is an old-school restaurant and tapas bar (the name means house of Lard!).
It is steeped in history and its walls are like an atmospheric art gallery from a bygone age, covered with various bullfighting memorabilia it also has a large portrait of Franco which hangs, upside-down (obviously he is not the flavour of the month here!).
It serves excellent tapas at the bar which includes its fabulous and famous chicharrones de Cádiz. Locals and tourists alike, tuck into thin slices of soft, fatty pork, adorned simply, with, sea salt and a splash of lemon.
You can also try:
Fritos (crisp chunks of spicy pork belly)
Slices of longaniza Picante (spicy sausage)
Morcilla (black pudding)
Jamón Ibérico de Bellota (the back leg of the Ibérico pig)
Paletilla de Ibérico (the front leg of the Ibérico pig)
Very fresh boquerones en vinagre (anchovies in vinegar)
They are best accompanied by a caña of Cruzcampo (a small, draft beer) or one of the famous, local, fino or manzanilla sherries, from bodegas such as Barbadillo, Tio Pepe, Lustau, La Gitana, Valdespino and Pedro Domecq.
The front bar is always very busy, filled with a cacophony of local sounds
There is a small tabled area at the back, via the side street, if you do not want the bustle of the main bar.
Service is very quick, helpful and efficient.
The streets around the bar are always busy.
May is the busiest time of year here, because this, is when the annual "Carnaval de Cádiz" takes place. This is a week-long celebration, which is as authentically Spanish as it can get. There are lots of traditional dancing, elaborate Trajes de Gitana (gipsy style dresses) and a classic variation of sherry wine called, el rebujito (fino sherry mixed with lemonade).
It is worth checking on the dates each year because if you go just after the carnival, many places are closed for a few days. We found this out to our cost one year!
TABERNA CASA MANTECA
Calle Corralon de los Carros, 66, 11002 Cádiz
+34 956 213 603
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