Right on the famous tapas street you will find this grill-restaurant where you can sit down and eat some typical dishes of La Rioja. Nice place. Adolfo, the waiter, is very nice and makes the waiting time seem lighter. Ideal to go with your family or to enjoy something more than the tapas on Laurel Street.
Oh Tio Agus…even though the Logroñians can be a bit fickle when recommending a bar in specific (“it just that…I mean….they’re all good!”, they've rightly said to me on more than one occasion), I saw a lot of positive reviews online about the Bar Lorenzo, more commonly known as Tío Agus, which said it was a must on any tapas crawl. So I went. And Mama mia!
The house specialty is its namesake: the Tío Agus, a little sandwich of spicy grilled meat and a mysterious green sauce (attributed to Granny Damiana and of unknown providence, but I can say it involves oil, parsley, paprika, and various other spices) which makes everything it touches delicious. I don’t like to exaggerate, but I think incredible doesn't even begin to describe it. Wow! So you’ll get an idea, the sandwich has its own Facebook page with over 2000 fans and comments like “this is one of the few things on Facebook worth liking.” Agus is a culinary god, the Ayatolla of Tapas, the Big Kahuna of Laurel Street!!!
Now the details: the place is big, painted in red, and has a big black and white photo which gives it a more modern feel that a lot of the other taverns. A drink and a tapa go for €2.20. I’d say it’s the best place to begin your tapas route since it’s at the beginning of Laurel but in any case, it’s a must to get to know the true pintxos culture in Logroño.
In Logroño, right in the historic center, lies one of the most famous restaurants in the city. Run in an excellent way, the place strikes you as soon as you enter and see the bar counter built in the lower floor.
But it is when you start going up that you realize how well it is made. Most impressive are the magnificent windows, with the best views of the city.
And what can I say about the food? It is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity, which makes the food excellent. Everything was good and well-prepared, but the best memory I have of the dinner has to do with the fried eggs, something very simple. A delicious place.
That’s how the locals call the famous Laurel St. Since it’s where Logroñians go for tapas, after a couple of glass of wine it’s joked that they might walk a bit wobbly like a baby elephant!
And at #1 is Taberna del Tio Blas, where we had a smoked meat plate with bread and wine, and tried one of the famous Rioja slushies, a refreshing alcoholic drink which tastes almost like a soft drink so be careful not to enjoy too much!
This is an itty-bitty bar (I’d even venture to call it a dive) but what it does have is a little window to the street where you can try the specialty: famous mushroom tapas
The price is even better: wine and tapa for only 1.70€. If you’re on Laurel street, don’t miss these finger-lickingly good mushrooms on your tapas crawl.
When looking above all for taste, looking through the market for the best produce of each day, it is clear that the result will be awesome. This small restaurant, with a cozy atmosphere, has amazing cuisine, traditional Rioja with a modern spin. We tried a tasting menu, which varies depending on what is on the market, but that included several dishes with mushrooms, anchovies, tuna, pears with ice cream ... and all perfectly paired with appropriate wines. If you want to sit and enjoy a bit of a change from the famous Laurel Street tapas, be sure to try here, and you may see Ramon, and his passion firsthand.
Yes, Laurel Street is great for tapas and for hopping from one place to another to sample all the local delicacies, but if you want a sit-down meal of traditional home-made food, this is the place!
The quality is very high; especially if you opt for the seasonal vegetables (I’d suggest the asparagus and the artichokes with Spanish ham). As far as entrées go, they have a wide variety of meat and fish dishes. To finish things off, we went with the torrijas (Spanish-style French toast), one of the house specialties.
It is one of the new additions to Laurel Street (it turned one year in February 2012) but more and more people enjoy its plates: the house specialty is the sirloin, but what is remarkable are the “evolved Spanish omelets”. What? They are served in a glass and the evolution consists in a yolk base covered with egg white foam. I had the normal one, but they also serve them with chorizo, cheese and another series of pinchos served with foam: octopus with potato foam or delicious fresh boletus with codfish foam. Sounds good right? This is a place for everyone that loves something different.
The decoration is also untraditional: very spacious, minimalist, black and white, amber lighting and a vinotheque integrated to the wall. The pincho costs between two and three euros. It is nice if you are looking for a more modern atmosphere or if you go with a large group.
This gastro-bar is divided into three distinct spaces. At street level, there is a great bar with an excellent display of pintxos. You can notice right away by the modern, friendly decoration that the place is relatively new.
The middle floor is one of the most interesting parts of the restaurant, and comprises a wine-bar with a great selection that encapsulates the best of La Rioja. You can also get the wine you want and take it to the third floor where the restaurant is. The food is very fresh and varied, as all food accompanying good wine should be.
I also found this restaurant jumping from recommendation to recommendation while surfing the net: its Spanish ham and cheese sandwich is served hot, the ham is crispy and the cheese melted (don’t you get hungry just by reading this?) is usually the second stop or third stop for locals in the pincho route. It is not the cheapest place of the area.
The place is spacious and with a large menu that you can see in the photograph. It is a good option for large groups and different tastes. It has good music and service. I recommend it.
Do you remember the prawn and pineapple cocktail? The one they used to serve in weddings and other celebrations? “Old food” as my favorite food critic, Mikel Iturriaga, would say but that, “if it’s well done, it wasn’t so bad”. It is true: like melon and ham, the prawn and pineapple are also flavors that go well together.
In Juan y Pinchamé, a small tavern in Laurel Street, they have given a twist to the combination and the prawn and pineapple brochette has been marked as a house specialty, and it’s delicious: with a little bit of salt and some drops of olive oil, it is amazing.
It isn’t a traditional tapa or one of the new inventions that are being served everywhere these days, it’s simply a good idea that is well served. Well done!
The pincho costs 2,30€. The place is small, non-pretentious, and with good service. It is perfect for those looking for something different. In my opinion, it is one of the best of the area.
This cafe has space for about 45 people in the centre of Logroño, next to the City Hall. There's a wide variety of tapas, mini sandwiches, and tortillas, and in the mornings, a Mediterranean breakfast of toast, with olive oil and tomato. Custom dinners and celebrations. 8.00 to 22.00 hours. Artisan toast with tomato and extra virgin olive oil.
The Bar Cid is another legendary place in the area of Laurel. It is located in Travesía del Laurel: easily recognizable thanks to its traditional atmosphere, that is palpable from the outside, since its usually full.
The typical dish is as simple as it its delicious: grilled mushrooms. You can order it as a pincho, tapa or dish. They are delicious, with great consistency. The pincho comes with two huge mushrooms between pieces of bread and with a sauce that “only grandma knows, and grandma doesn’t share it”, the waiter tells me. It is soft and doesn’t hide the taste of the mushroom itself.
Besides the pinchos and daily menus, the best of the Cid is its classic atmosphere. It is a great place to include the popular and simple into the route.
It is an interesting proposal, specializing in “tzangurritos”. A tzangurrito is a spider crab in Basque, and a “txangurro a la donostiarra” is a way of preparing it: adding to the crab meat a mixture of vegetables, later it is put in the oven with some cheese on top and served in its shell.
The txangurrito is almost the same thing but cooked with béchamel sauce, like a big croquette and a bit spicy. To die for!
It costs 1.80 Euros. There are other options, such as the mini hamburgers. It is a place to visit!
I will not discover anything new in Laurel Street, but I have to admit that this bar that specializes in mushrooms is one of the best. How is it possible for a simple mushroom to be so tasty together with just a piece of bread? I don't know, but you have to taste it and enjoy it. It is quite difficult to get in but once you managed you can enjoy these little tapas as if they were the eighth wonder of the world, with good Rioja wine of course ;)
Good atmosphere, good price and the curiosity of entering one of the most emblematic places in Laurel street, Logroño.
I loved the dinner I had at this restaurant located right in the heart of Logroño, on Portales street.
Their secret? Food cooked on the grill, both fish and meat. I asked for a turbot, which was huge (and delicious) and perfect to split between two people. We also ordered flavorful asparagus and Kobe carpaccio with Parmesan and pine nuts as appetizers and they were really good!