Six great lunch places in Barcelona

I've been back in Chicago almost a month now. It is funny how the 7 weeks in Barcelona this Summer seem like such a long time ago and I'm treasuring it in my heart like an old memory. I miss Barcelona's energy, food, and all the fun loving people we met through our friend Quim who is a native Catalan. The only downside of the trip was that my iPhone got stolen and I gained a few pounds on my belly area that it will take some time to get rid of. With that said, I'm excited to share some of my findings with my savorychicks and our readers. Here is the first report on the great lunch places!

Our friend Quim has an office on the street Carrer de Carme which runs parallel next to La Boqueria. There are 6 restaurants where we've been going for lunch regularly and they are all off of the the side streets of Carrer Carme which is about 2 - 3 blocks behind the La Boqueria.
All these restaurants are located near the Rambla where you see the constant stream of tourists. You will hardly see any tourists in these restaurants, however, since they are just slightly tucked away, they cater more to locals and visitors "in the know".

If you are tired of eating too much tapas or you want to try places where locals go and want to have a quality multiple course lunch at excellent prices ( 10€ - 15€ )? You have to check them out for sure. Most of these places have a set menu including desserts each day for lunch.
I loved them all!

1. Anima at C/ Àngels 6
Food Type: Fusion
It's on the same street as the MACBA Museum of Modern Art.
I was impressed by the presentation and the quality of meals. If you don't have a chance to try all 6 listed here, I would recommend trying Anima.

2. Ravalo
Plaza Emili Vendrel, 1
Food Type: Italian
Great outdoor sittings in the quite Plaza Emili Vendrel. It feels like you are far away from the bustling Rambla del Raval even though it's only a couple of blocks away. They have a good selection of pizzas. I had good meals here which non of them were pizzas though.

3. Mamitalinda
carrer riera alta 33
Food Type: Cuban
We were told that as of this month (Aug. 2009) they have a new owner. Hope they haven't changed the cook! Don't get discouraged by small and dark interior. The food is excellent!

4. Resolis
C/Riera Baixa 22
Food Type: Mediterranean
They have only 3 tables outside in the alley where we prefer to sit, but there are more tables inside. They have daily lunch special from sea bass, salmon, and hamburger. Everything we ate was excellent!

5. La Xina
Pintor Fortuny 3, Rambles 109
Food Type: Chinese
Great atmosphere makes up for the not so authentic Chinese food. But definitely worth trying. It's located right on the Rambla street!

6. Xalar cafe,
Roig, 30 BCN (cantonada carme)
Food Type: Mediterranean
You feel like you are walking into a gallery when you enter the place and you actually are. They share a space with a gallery/store. There aren't too many tables even though there are plenty of rooms for more tables. They don't offer multiple course lunch but they have daily specials and a regular menu for hot and cold sandwiches and a lot more.

Good Eating!

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