Murcia: delicious gluten-free hamburgers and traditional food of the region. Also gluten-free, of course!
It had been a long time since I went to a wedding! Rocío, a girl I met at a Celiac Fair in Madrid many years ago, married Alejandro, in Córdoba. As Córdoba is quite far from Barcelona, I took advantage of the days off that I had left to take to visit a couple of other cities in southern Spain.
I arrived in Murcia eager to get to know the city. In addition, I traveled there with two very adventurous girls, in Bla Bla Car. The trip from Barcelona was very short. We arrived at lunchtime. Once installed in the hotel, right in the center of Murcia, I walked to one of the first gluten-free restaurants in Murcia that I wanted to try. The Freak Burger International of Journalist Encarna Sánchez Street number 10.
The restaurant is about 10-15 minutes walk from the center. Going there I got a bit lost because I turned on the street before. Once I found it, I saw that it was in a kind of square that was between buildings. As you can see in the photo, it is easy to find. My fault!
The restaurant is not very big. It has a bar, few tables inside and a terrace outside, which, in winter, is covered and with stoves.
There was no room for me at the tables, but I did not want to leave without trying their gluten-free burgers. I sat in the bar and, while looking at the hamburger menu, I decided to have a gluten-free beer. I was really hungry! They served me a gluten-free Mahou. I had not tried it before, so it was even better.
Along with the beer they served me a gluten-free hummus tapa, with nachos similar to Doritos Tex Mex… Good! The contrast of tex-mex with the taste of hummus was delicious!
It was late and I had not had much breakfast. I ate the hummus tapa with the nachos quickly. The bad thing is that I ran out of nachos before finishing the hummus. Then I took the knife as if it was a spoon to finish it properly. Thinking now about it, I may have done it very anxious because, from the other side of the bar, the waitress said to me: “do you wantmore nachos, gentleman?”. Oops, hahaha!
After a short while they brought me the gluten-free burger. I had ordered a “Le Petit Jeanot”. The ingredients were a perfect mix: beef burger, tomato, cheddar cheese, foie and caramelized onions. Delicious! The meat was super tender and the potatoes… OMG! Amazing! I devoured the burger while dirtying my hands with the caramelized onions that fell off the bread. I love it! I did not take dessert…
When I finished, I walked back to the hotel. It was raining and cold, but I was on vacation and I did not feel like running. Also, I did not want to ruin the satisfaction of the great gluten-free hamburger that I had just eaten. At the Freak Burger International, they had treated me very well and I was happy! The start in Murcia was already promissing a great other two days ahead.
At the hotel, I looked for more gluten-free restaurants in Murcia, I put on a movie and then took a nap. That day I had to rest and recover energy to make the most of the rest of the trip. Also, the next day the weather would be better.
For dinner, I went to try the second gluten-free restaurant in Murcia: La Pandichina, on Avenida Abenarabi number 39. It is named in honor of a small house in Asturias (north of Spain) built by the chef’s grandfather. Here you will find typical cuisine of the region, with winks to the typical Asturian cuisine, which is delicious! And gluten free!
I had read that it was necessary to book, but I was the only one in the restaurant. I guess it’s because it was Sunday night…
I had a really bad cold because I had just returned from the United States less than a week ago. Whenever I go there I get a cold. Regardless of the season of the year in which we are. While analyzing the menu, I asked for a nice warm chamomile to relieve the throat.
As I literally did not do anything in the afternoon, I was not very hungry. To start, I ordered a plate of Iberian ham. The gluten-free bread they brought me was very good. Fresh from the oven, it was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I really enjoyed that ham.
When I finished the dish, I was still a little hungry. When the waiter had brought me the menu, he recommended the Murcian candied bacon. I decided to try it. The presentation was magnificent. The pieces of bacon were accompanied by three different sauces.
Another gluten-free restaurant in Murcia with a great offer. I was very happy with everything I had tried in this city. The next day I had two more places I wanted to go to. Especially one that was 100% gluten free.
You can see the pictures of the trip here.
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