Logroño: a quick stop to enjoy gluten-free tapas in Calle del Laurel
In 2019, the vacations were a bit weird as we enjoyed them with loose weeks. This meant that if we wanted to go far, we had to go faster… with this in mind, we decided that this year would be the year to discover the gluten-free Spain. By June we had tried a lot of gluten-free restaurants in Torrejón el Rubio, Salamanca, León, Potes and Fuente Dé, Tolosa and Fuenterrabía. This time, we would start looking for a first, quick but memorable stop, looking for gluten-free restaurants in Logroño.
Again, we would start the route quite late, as Isa’s rotation used to get complicated on Friday afternoons. It was 6pm and we had not yet left Barcelona… this meant that we would arrive in Logroño after 10pm. A bit late, but a good time for dinner!
While I was driving, Isa looked for a list of gluten-free restaurants in Logroño. We knew that we would be exhausted when we got there, so we were not looking to get on a long dinner. Besides, this city has a street that is well known for its tapas bars and its festive atmosphere. Our aim was to find a restaurant or bar where they had gluten-free tapas, and there were a few!
We consulted a couple of gluten-free applications and finally decided on the Bar Ribera, at 10 Laurel Street.
Initially we had thought of doing a “bar run”, taking a tapa in each of the bars that we had found as “suitable for coeliacs”. Then we continued to search further and discarded some, as they had some reviews that suggested that they did not control cross-contamination well.
Finally, we liked the Bar Ribera so much that we didn’t move from there anymore.
We were standing-up, but after a week of intense work locked in an office, and more than fourhours in a car… taking dinner standing-up was a blessing. Besides, this would allow us to get to the bar faster to order more gluten-free tapas!
We started with a glass of red wine (of course with D.O La Rioja) and a tapa of goat cheese with foie and another of goat cheese and ham.
We were off to a great start! It didn’t matter if it was with foie or with ham… the goat cheese tapa was incredibly good.
We looked at the menu again and opted to order a pork sirloin with foie. I don’t know how they do it but… wow! The sirloin in this kind of tapas is always so tender… it melts in your mouth! We ate there there for over a year, and while I am writting it’s Sunday morning and I’ve just had breakfast… but I can’t stop my mouth from watering as I write and prepare the photos for this post…
Then we continue with a chorizo tapa to contrast a little with a stronger flavor. Also, the chorizo was a little bit spicy. Bam! Delicious!
As expected, we repeated with three more gluten-free tapas. We ordered another one of goat cheese with ham, another one of chorizo and another one of sirloin. Only some bravioli like those of Tolosa were missing.
With our stomachs full and a smile on our faces because of how well we had eaten – and, let’s be honest, red wine had helped a little too – we went for a walk before returning to the hotel to sleep.
The next day our plan was a bit twisted… we had read that there was a gluten-free bakery in Logroño. According to the information we had found, it was called Pastelería Viena. We couldn’t find it… then when we looked on the Internet, we saw that it was closed permanently… what a pitty!
Luckily we were at the beginning of the trip and we still had the car’s fridge full with the “just in case shopping”, still brand new. We retrieved the lists of gluten-free places and we couldn’t find any near by.
We opted for the best solution: go to the car to get some products from the “just in case shopping” and sit on a bench in the sun to enjoy an outdoor breakfast.
We did not have the opportunity to visit Logroño because it was only a stop on the way. The goal of that trip was Asturias and, above all, Galicia… that day we had about 5 hours left until we reached the first real destination of the trip, the gluten-free paradise par excellence of Spain: Cangas del Narcea.
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P.S.: Please keep in mind that in this blog I share my trips, anecdotes and experiences about gluten free travel around the world. It is possible that, in any of my trips, I go to some restaurant not trained by the associations where the risk of being contaminated with gluten exists. I kindly ask you to also take into account that the list of references can change. Please, always double check before eating in the restaurants we recommend. Thank you very much!
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