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Established in the 1920s, La Plata is one of a trio of famous bodegas on a narrow medieval street, occupying a corner building -- where two open sides allow aromatic cooking odors to permeate the neighborhood -- and containing a marble-topped bar and cramped tables. The culinary specialty comprises raciones (small plates) of deep-fried sardines -- head and all. Make a meal for two by ordering the house's tomato, onion, and fresh anchovy salad. The highly quaffable and affordable Penedès house wine comes in three varieties: Tinto, blanco, and rosado.