Originally a deli and wine store, Bodegas Mezquita has expanded to become a full-blown bar and restaurant. The bar opens first; as more customers arrive, the waiters open other rooms until the whole place is packed. The wine list emphasizes bottles from Córdoba province but includes good choices from all over Spain. Most of the dishes are offered in a choice of sizes, making it easy to order tapas and taste several. Crisply fried slices of eggplant are served with honey, and the bodega offers a stew of the day. For a local specialty, try the Córdoban rice pot with stewed Iberian pork and mushrooms, or the Sephardic lamb stew with nuts and raisins and a side of couscous.
- Frommer's Staff