Madrid / Tinto y Tapas: Empanadas Madrid style
Another foodie tip which you can easily tick on your way to El Retiro Park is Tinto y Tapas.
More than tinto - meaning red (wine) - and tapas, this place is excellent for empanadas.
In case you didn’t know the name empanada comes from the Spanish verb `empanar`, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.
At Tinto y Tapas, these two-bite stuffed pastries are freshly made on the spot, while the filling options are decently versatile, starting from different types of meat, cheese or veggies.
While trying out quite a few (meat with peppers, cheese and jamon, ...), our recommendation goes to those with cheese and onions - queso y cebolla.
Its sweet flavor makes them simply melt in your mouth, while being more than easy to be paired either with red or white wine.
The wine list is 100% Spanish but not that long, so do ask for recommendation based on your taste - for a lunch DO Bierzo would do the job (but if you prefer something lighter go for a DO Alicante).
We recommend it for quick lunches, but if an empanada doesn’t fulfill your appetite do grab a salad, quiche or a toast - better if with anchovies.
The best part of Tinto y Tapas is its buffet kind of offer displayed on the bar so make sure to take advantage and create a fresh, homemade tasting on your own.