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A Gastronomic Guide to The Camino Frances.

PaulWuk

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I have walked the Camino Frances from St Jean to Santiago, and plan to walk Le Puy to St Jean this year.
Having walked the Camino Frances last year, my wife and i discovered some gastronomic gems along the way. Some were in Casa rurals, some in Hostals or communal meals in albergues. We are compiling a good food guide to the Camino to highlight the establishments and meals that are worth stopping for. Any fond memories from fellow pilgrims would be most appreciated. Please post your favourite Camino gastronomic memories.

many thanks

paul
 
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Excellent plan, Paul, go for it.
Two restaurants I particularly enjoyed and recommend:

In Santo Domingo de la Calzada: Restaurante la Cancela (Calle major right next to the cathedral)
A small, family-run place serving fresh local specialities, all carefully prepared. Contemporary, yet cozy atmosphere, very attentive and personal service. Great wine selection; don't miss the desert.
(Dinner for two, including wine, about €80-100.-)

In Santiago: Restaurante A Barrola (in the food-street rua do Franco)
A "must" if you like sea-food, if it swims, they have it. All fresh and well prepared. Good and friendly service,
relaxed atmosphere. Fair prices for what you get. You finally arrived, so give yourself a treat; about €100 to 120.- for two including wine.

Not in the same category, but deserving to be mentioned:

Rabanal, Hosteria A Cruz de Ferro. A private albergue with only one single, one double and one triple room;
very friendly hospitalera, her husband not but cooks well, for €10 no better food this side of the Cruz de Ferro.

Villafranca del Bierzo, Meson Los Ancares. Young couple running the place with a lot of engagement and a smile. Simple local dishes well cooked. (€ 50 to 70 for two)

San Paio, Hostal-Restaurante San Paio. Make it your last night-stay before Santiago and arrive there the next day for the noon mass. Exceptional meat (for Spain) and often fresh fish If you're lucky, they have a steak on the menu peregrino for € 12, otherwise € 40-60 for two.

Buen Provecho y Camino!
 

Carol06

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Frances (May 2012)
Frances (May 2015) all going well and with my husband this time.
I would love to see your completed list. I hope you post it. Pulpo for me too, especially in Melides at Ezequial. Yumm.
 

dalston999

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Walked Le Puy/Santiago/Fisterra/Murxia Sept/Oct 2012, Portugues march 2013, Arles April 2013
Just a point of clarification please. Do you mean you are compiling a guide to share with us on the forum or to sell?
Thanks
 
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PaulWuk

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Past OR future Camino
I have walked the Camino Frances from St Jean to Santiago, and plan to walk Le Puy to St Jean this year.
Excellent plan, Paul, go for it.
Two restaurants I particularly enjoyed and recommend:

In Santo Domingo de la Calzada: Restaurante la Cancela (Calle major right next to the cathedral)
A small, family-run place serving fresh local specialities, all carefully prepared. Contemporary, yet cozy atmosphere, very attentive and personal service. Great wine selection; don't miss the desert.
(Dinner for two, including wine, about €80-100.-)

In Santiago: Restaurante A Barrola (in the food-street rua do Franco)
A "must" if you like sea-food, if it swims, they have it. All fresh and well prepared. Good and friendly service,
relaxed atmosphere. Fair prices for what you get. You finally arrived, so give yourself a treat; about €100 to 120.- for two including wine.

Not in the same category, but deserving to be mentioned:

Rabanal, Hosteria A Cruz de Ferro. A private albergue with only one single, one double and one triple room;
very friendly hospitalera, her husband not but cooks well, for €10 no better food this side of the Cruz de Ferro.

Villafranca del Bierzo, Meson Los Ancares. Young couple running the place with a lot of engagement and a smile. Simple local dishes well cooked. (€ 50 to 70 for two)

San Paio, Hostal-Restaurante San Paio. Make it your last night-stay before Santiago and arrive there the next day for the noon mass. Exceptional meat (for Spain) and often fresh fish If you're lucky, they have a steak on the menu peregrino for € 12, otherwise € 40-60 for two.

Buen Provecho y Camino!
Pano. Many thanks for that. I agree, Restaurante la Cancela was a highlight for us. Many thanks for taking the time to give a comprehensive relpy. Un Saludo.
Paul
 

PaulWuk

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Past OR future Camino
I have walked the Camino Frances from St Jean to Santiago, and plan to walk Le Puy to St Jean this year.
Just a point of clarification please. Do you mean you are compiling a guide to share with us on the forum or to sell?
Thanks
Many thanks dalston 999. Absolutely to share with Pilgrims. In general, food on the Camino Frances gets a raw deal it seems. Yet we found that there are some wonderful places, dishes and establishments that are worth a mention for forums like this, for the benefit of future pilgrims.
Paul
 

PaulWuk

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I have walked the Camino Frances from St Jean to Santiago, and plan to walk Le Puy to St Jean this year.
I would love to see your completed list. I hope you post it. Pulpo for me too, especially in Melides at Ezequial. Yumm.
Hi Carol06, Absolutely. I will post the full list, including favourite dishes.
Paul
 

amancio

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Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
Out of the top of my head... In El Pájaro, Villafranca Montes de Oca, the menu is great, and the slightly smoked jamón serrano makes wonderful bocadillos (rolls).

La Moncloa de San Lázaro in Cacabelos is a fabulous place to eat Bierzo typical food.
In Puente La Reina I ate some of the best tripes (callos) I ever tasted, but I cannot recall the name of the place
Casa Marcelo in Mansilla de las Mulas is quite nice
In Villadangos del Páramo, in a hotel, I had a most memorable Bocadillo de calamares
In Samos, in a hotel on the left as you leave town, the meat churrasco and the cuajada dessert were extraordinary and great value.

I have ever since followed other routes, and food is much better than in the francés, undoubtedly.
 
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PaulWuk

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Past OR future Camino
I have walked the Camino Frances from St Jean to Santiago, and plan to walk Le Puy to St Jean this year.
Out of the top of my head... In El Pájaro, Villafranca Montes de Oca, the menu is great, and the slightly smoked jamón serrano makes wonderful bocadillos (rolls).

La Moncloa de San Lázaro in Cacabelos is a fabulous place to eat Bierzo typical food.
In Puente La Reina I ate some of the best tripes (callos) I ever tasted, but I cannot recall the name of the place
Casa Marcelo in Mansilla de las Mulas is quite nice
In Villadangos del Páramo, in a hotel, I had a most memorable Bocadillo de calamares
In Samos, in a hotel on the left as you leave town, the meat churrasco and the cuajada dessert were extraordinary and great value.

I have ever since followed other routes, and food is much better than in the francés, undoubtedly.
Many thanks for that amancio. I have to say that our favourite was at La Aldea Encantada, just outside Belorado. We stayed there on New Years Eve 2012/13.
The meal prepared by Ana the owner and her mother was superb. The following evening in Atapuerca we were the only two people staying at Papasol, and yet they were still prepared to open the inn. We were met with a bottle of champagne and choclolates in our room, ( they said, that as the first pilgrims of the new year, it was a sign of good luck for them. They prepared the most delicious main course of Riojan fish.

Paul
 

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