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Cal Pep Review
Cal Pep, a two-minute walk east from Santa Maria del Mar, is in a permanent feeding frenzy and has been this way for 30 years. Pep has Barcelona's best selection of tapas, cooked and served hot over the counter. For budget reasons, avoid ordering a fish dish (unless you're willing to part with an extra €35–€50), and stick with green peppers, fried artichokes, garbanzos and spinach, baby shrimp, the "trifasic" (mixed tiny fish fry), the nonpareil tortilla de patatas (potato omelet), and botifarra trufada en reducción de Oporto (truffled sausage in Port wine reduction sauce). The house wines are good, but the Torre la Moreira Albariño white perfectly complements Pep's offerings. Be prepared to wait for 20 minutes for a place at the counter; it's well worth it. Reservations for the tables in the tiny back room are accepted, but reserve well in advance and know that you'll miss out on the counter scene.
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