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Casa Mingo, Madrid

34 Paseo de la Florida
Spain 28008
Tel: 34 915 477 918's insider take:

Set just below the Parque del Oeste near the Príncipe Pío train station, Casa Mingo is the one place every madrileño takes out-of-town guests to. Originally a 19th-century cider factory, today Mingo still produces all of the cider served in the ground-floor restaurant. The interiors are kept simple, with bare wood tables, a rough stone floor, and dark wood panels and huge cider barrels covering the walls. The basic menu includes a limited list of tapas (the best is the spicy chorizo cooked in cider), but most people come here for the roast chicken, a simple green salad, and a lot of very fresh cider. Since this place is always packed and doesn't take reservations, we suggest you arrive early—around 8:15 pm should do it. In the summer months, there's a lovely, and therefore highly coveted, outdoor terrace. Before or after the meal, stop in next door at the Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida. Inside, you'll find Franscisco de Goya frescoes as well as the painter's tomb.—Guy Fiorita

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