For ages, BK and I have heard about “this one amazing churros con chocolate place in the Gotico”. It’s called the Granja la Pallaresa and we’ve been trying to go there for the last year. We first tried to visit this place when my cousin, his wife & my sister were in town because they’re such major dessert lovers — but every time we’ve set out on the quest, we’ve found the granja to be closed. Failure after failure has led us to another granja on the same street which we love, so the quests have generally turned out alright in the end, but we were delighted to discover that La Pallaresa was finally open during our last walk into the Gotico!
This is no tourist joint. That is, some tourists make their way in there (it’s in the heart of the Barrio Gotico, afterall), but 90% of the patrons were Catalan. It was super noisy with a very cafeteria-esque atmosphere, save for the waiters with short-sleeved white shirts & bow-ties.
We arrived at about 5.30p and had to wait a few minutes to get in, but by the time we left around 6.30 or 7p there was a huge line at the door that snaked down the block. That’s what our problem had been - timing! We had assumed that this would be a morning and/or a late night place, but apparently Catalans come to a place like this for their “merienda” — the meal or snack between lunch and dinner, not unlike afternoon tea in England or the “goute” in France. In Spain, like everything else, the afternoon snack is just skewed about 2-3 hours later than the rest of Europe. Afternoon snack happens at about the same time as American dinner — and the snack is what you see above! Yippeeeee!