Andalucía gave Spain bullfighting and sherry, and it also gave Madrid a certain style of tavern, of which Alhambra is a prime example. Founded in 1929, it has retained all the color of a Granada barroom down to the extravagant scenes on the tiled walls designed by Alfonso Romero, who also created the tiles for Las Ventas bullring. Dishes are largely charcuterie—sausages, air-dried hams or beef, smoked and dried tuna. Most come in a choice of tapas, raciones (meal-size plates), or media raciones (half-size). We don’t know the secret, but Taberna Alhambra makes the tastiest meatballs (albóndigas) in Madrid.
- Frommer's Staff