Some go to El Escorial for the monastery; others go for Charolés. It's a landmark that attracts a crowd of its own for its noble bearing, with thick stone walls and vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and floors, and stuffy service; its summer terrace a block from the monastery; and its succulent dishes, such as the heavy beans with clams or mushrooms, and the game meats served grilled or in stews. The four-course mammoth cocido (broth, chickpeas, meats, and a salad)
on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday tests the endurance of even those with the heartiest appetites.
C. Floridablanca 24, El Escorial, 28200, Spain