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by Jose Kevo
July 11, 2001
As you might suspect from the name, the house specialty is rotisserie chicken, but check out the menus which come in several languages. Beef and pork dishes are also excellent as well as their higadillos de pollo - chicken livers pan sauteed in wine and garlic. Everything is served a la carte, but the prices are still VERY inexpensive. A typical meal of appetizer, salad, bread, entree with potatoes, side dish, bottle of wine and after dinner drinks ran $12-$15 at most! Of my 10 nights in Barcelona, I dined half of them here. It's a definite must for local flavor - both the food and the people!
BAR RESTAURANTE ROMESCO is also nearby and addressed as #28 Carrer de Sant Pau, but is actually entered from a side street called Carrer de l'Arc de Sant Agusti. The place isn't well marked, but the cooler with all the fresh foods fill the front window. It doesn't have Rico's atmosphere; you can dine sitting at the counter or at tables. However, the food is just as good, large proportioned and priced the same. One of Romesco's specialties are "frijoles" -cuban-styled black beans served with rice, a chili-like meat sauce, fried sweet platanos, and topped with a fried egg for 550 pesetas...you won't need or want much else! They also serve the famous regional sausages from the town of Vic prepared several different ways. Here was a nice, convenient break from Pollo Rico, but if you've to choose between the two, Pollo wins belly up!
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