When travelling in Spain you’ll quickly discover that one of the best things to there is eat. The food is incredible and will all the different regional specialties you’ll always find something new to try. One of things which is useful to understand is the different types of eateries in Spain. Some are more casual, some more varied, some quite formal. This list of different eateries should make your life easier when it comes to choosing the right place to eat in Spain.
Types of Eateries in Spain
- Horno Asador (Roasting Oven)
- Terraza (Terrace)
- Restaurante (Restaurant)
- Casa de Comidas (Working-Class Restaurant)
- Tasca (Tapas Bar)
- Jamónería (Ham House)
Horno Asador (Roasting Oven)
At some time Botín developed into that quintessentially Spanish restaurant, the horno asador (literally, roasting oven). Baby lambs or kids, suckling pigs, sometimes fowl are placed in cazuelas (earthenware cooking dishes) and slid into the oven. To dine in one of these is almost to slip away from this century into another.
The Spanish love to eat outdoors, so you will find streetside restaurants, known as terrazas (terraces) in every city.
A proper sit-down restaurant in Spain is like any other in the western world. One style difference is that they tend to be small and intimate.
Casa de Comidas (Working-Class Restaurant)
Working-class restaurants are, penny for penny, the best deal in Spain. Ask a local where to find them.
Tasca (Tapas Bar)
This is the single most common type of restaurant in the Heart of Spain region, and very common everywhere else. One of the best places to eat in Spain.
Jamónería (Ham House)
Jamónerías, all hung heavily with hams, are among the most common type of restaurant. A must for pork lovers.
Courtesy of Lonely Planet.