The only bad thing about Cal Pep is that it closes after lunch on Saturday and doesn’t reopen until Monday dinner. Folks in Barcelona for the weekend miss out joining the swarm of happy people dining on Pep’s small dishes. Plan your time wisely so that you can try what other places call media raciones, that is, bigger than a tapa and smaller than a racion. There are some Catalan classics among the 70 or so dishes available on a given day, but most are the restaurant’s own invention—the “atomic” omelet with crumbled sausage, chewy beans, and potent garlic sauce, for example, or the baked artichokes stuffed with onions and black olives. Pep himself plays host, making sure everyone is having a good time and recommending what they should try next. There’s a small dining room inside, but most patrons prefer the counter seats up front.
- Frommer's Staff