As a fomer local (just moved to DC in August) I have a special love for Spanish/Catalan food. The traditional, tastes like momma used to make cooking. So if you are looking for molecular cooking, new wave El Bulli cuisine, then please avert your eyes. The goal of this thread is not to spend a lot of money -- and if we do it's because it's because it's incredible value for money. Here's my start: Best Paella (in Barcelona) This restaurant is on a beautiful courtyard in front of the districts Mayors office (got married in that building -- so I'm biased). The Paella is incredible (they call it Mar y Muntana on the menu) To quote Barcelona Metropolitan (THE Local English Language Magazine / News source for Barcelona by the way): "Suffice to say they do a truly great paella and it’s about the only place left in Barcelona that still cooks over wood fires so the resulting rice is sticky, rich and the colour of mud, but tastes delicious." See also: http://www.barcelona-metropolitan.com/reviews/whats-for-lunch-el-vell-sarri Best Downhome Spanish Cooking: La Bombeta Most expensive item on the menu is under 20 Euros. It's the Parallada Mariscada (fish, shrimp, cuttlefish and more -- it's a big meal perfectly grilled). For starters try the Patatas Bravas. Perfectly cubed fried potateoes with their house made and slightly spicy (if you like the spice --- ask for exta spice). The Gambas, Mussles, Pulpos a la Gallega, are incredible and an average cost of less than 10 Euros. http://www.frommers.com/destinations/barcelona/D55424.html (Frommers is wrong about the Bombeta's -- virtually everything else is better) Best Tapas: Cerverceria Catalana It's not technically cheap -- but when you consider the value it's an amazing bargain. Try getting good food like this in the United States for these prices. Good luck. We ate tapas with 7 people for just over 100 Euro in 2010! Everything you eat there is good. When you arrive look for the podium and ask to be put on the list. Don't let people or crowds keep you away. Walk to that podium -- or you will be waiting much longer than you need to. Don't let the crowds bother you -- they will get everyone to tables quickly (even if that crowd is 100 people). Also have a great collection of beers such as Pilsner Urquell. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Cerve...22,1.801758&spn=4.315484,7.393799&z=7&iwloc=A Tired of eating Spanish/Catalan in Barcelona? Hanabishi Here's a place you wouldn't find easily. A really good Sushi place. Trying to skimp on the budget do their lunch (most dishes under 9 Euro which includes a main meal and two small plates plus a Miso Soup). I recommend spending a little more for their bento box or their most expensive option on the menu (under 16 Euros). It's worth it -- especially if you are hungry http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-...5,2.135253&spn=0.008449,0.014441&z=16&iwloc=A Want to get outside of Barcelona? Check out Castelldefels. Lots of beaches to explore -- it's considered part of the Zone 1 in Barcelona -- so you can get to this town by train for under one Euro each way. Here's another great home style Spanish Restaurant. A Casa Galega Paseo Maritimo 198 - 200 08860 Castelldefels ( Playa ), Spain Local to Barcelona or Catalunya? Add your own suggestions please. Three of the above would not be found by the typical tourist. I'll add more when I have time.