|mike can assure you the meat sticks taste better than they look!|
We ate well in Spain. Really well, considering our strict budget (every meal for less than €10 each).
And I can credit this fantastic meal to Christine, who wrote about Cafe Iruna earlier this year (and has since moved to Lekeitio - which you saw in our blog posts last week - lucky girl!)
This is an adorable little restaurant, covered in warm Mudejar woodwork, paintings, and tiles. There are two adjoining sections: a seated restaurant and a stand up bar. You order hot pintxos (like that meat kebab, or pincho moruno, pictured above) from the grill in one section, and cold pintxos from a waiter or at the beautiful, old bar in the another.
Don't let my wrinkled nose fool you. I don't eat much meat, but Mike will testify that the lamb kebabs at Cafe Iruna were amazing. And I couldn't tell you what kind of cold pintxos we ate (I think those squiggly, slimy things were fish?) but they were damn good, washed down with a local red.
If you're going to Bilbao I would second Christine's recommendation.
BY THE NUMBERS
dinner for two, including wine: €18