Husband had raved about the tapas in Zaragoza on previous visits so this was something we were fully intending to try out on this trip. Our first evening though, super tired and extremely hungry we actually stumbled into the first restaurant we found just off the main square. It was an Italian, not quite the thing when you’re in Spain, Son was more than keen and we were too shattered to argue. Actually it turned out to be pretty good, we all had different types of pasta in different sauces and thought it was delicious.
We also had a memorable and filling lunch – several courses and all very tasty in an authentic restaurant chosen by our Spanish friends and one evening we dined alone at another place serving Aragon specialities – a big thumbs up for that too.
However in Zaragoza it is all about the tapas. I’ve heard this place described as “the world’s most civilized pub crawl” where people wander from bar to bar washing down each establishment’s specialities from beef to cheese to squid either with a small glass of wine or a tiny glass of beer. Husband has done this every time he’s been to the city. We had tapas one evening with our friends and then ventured out another time alone to attempt it ourselves.
The whole place was packed. Everyone in the city seems to do this and almost all were Spanish. El Tubo is the hub of the bar and nightlife scene, we simply did as the locals do and moved from place to place for a drink and tapas. The streets are narrow and there is an easy walking route between the cathedral square and El Tubo.
I have no idea where we ate, we just picked random places. Everywhere was really busy but we managed to perch at the bar and point at what we wanted. Son, never the most adventurous eater, was great here – a vast selection of nibbles on offer, he loved the whole concept.
Bowls of steamed mussels, platters of ham and sausages, plates of grilled vegetables and just about every type of seafood under the sun, toasted goats cheese, dried tomatoes it just went on and on.
We had the most wonderful evening, not hampered at all by our basic Spanish and left agreeing this was a must-do experience in this wonderful city.