Churreria Madrid

A hidden spot for homey Spanish cooking.

From March 2004 Dirt Cheap Eats

Off the main strip in Adams Morgan, this Spanish restaurant and bar is easy to miss. The dessert churros alone–the crisp, fried strips of dough are 12 for $3–make it worth a visit. To start, share a small pitcher of sangría ($6.50) and a few appetizers, like the $3.50 Tortilla Española, a thick Spanish potato omelette, and an order of empanadillas, six small meat pies for $4.25.

The Pollo al Chef–it's like chicken stew–costs only $7.25. The chicken, soaked in a tomato sauce with peas, onions, and red peppers, is falling-off-the-bone tender. Cheap seafood choices include trout, grilled shrimp, and hake in wine sauce with mussels–each for $7.95. You'll probably need a takeout box: Two large sides–choices include fried eggs, a meat pie, fried plantains, and sautéed bell peppers–come with main dishes.