U2’s famous croquetas
Now famous for serving croquetas to the lead singer of U2, Casa Julio is an authentic Madrid institution. Although recent renovations have caused Casa Julio to lose a little of its old-fashioned charm, it still maintains its characteristic red tile roof and a few details such as the antique seltzer tap (perfect for a nice vermouth) and the classic bar stools.
The croquetas are their defining dish but you’ll also find it’s hard to resist the Spanish potato omelet. The croquetas come in seven flavors, but my personal favorites are the ones made from leek and mushroom, spinach, and morcilla (blood sausage). You can order 6 or 12-piece plates and combine the flavors however you’d like. They’re pretty big and filling, so if you decide to sample a plate while you’re having an afternoon vermouth, you definitely won’t be hungry for dinner.