The local barrelled wine which you’ll notice in the older tavern bars is called Montilla-Moriles and comes from the towns of the same name just to the south of Cordoba. It is like a dry sherry and is well worth trying.
Tapas or Raciónes? …. In English we use the word tapas irrespective of the size of the portion of food we are describing. In reality you are more likely to order “una ración de ..” as this is larger than a “tapa” and more suitable for sharing.
Here are a few personal favourites ….
Taberna Salinas (c/Tundidores 3)
Just off the Plaza Corredera. This century-old taberna is a superb tapas restaurant. A great selection of excellent raciónes. Great salmorejo – a thick Cordobés gazpacho dip. Very popular with locals so expect to wait a while at the bar before eating. Closed on Sundays. GO HERE ***
Bodega Taberna Rafaé (end of c/ Deanes)
A good lunchtime stop in the town centre just a minute from the Mezquita. Serves excellent raciónes on the two floors of their newly renovated premise.
Taberna Guzman (c/Judios)
In a tiny street near the synagogue this is a tremendous bar to try a Moriles. The walls are covered with bullfighting memorabilia and the clientele is often as charismatic as the place itself.
Taberna Sociedad de Plateros (c/ San Francisco 6)
A very popular tapas bar/restaurant just off Plaza del Potro opposite Hostal Maestre. A fine selection of tapas with a menu in English. Try the montilla.
Casa Pepe (c/ Romero 1)
This is a small tapas bar with a restaurant at the back. Sit inside and order ½ raciones which are a good enough size for two people.
La Cordobesa (c/Plaza Benavente)
This is a great place to sit out in a quiet street taking in the atmosphere.
Taberna San Miguel (Plaza San Miguel 1)
Legendary bar located north of Plaza Tendillas in behind the church of San Miguel. Offers some excellent raciónes and popular with locals. Check out the other bars around the same square.
Plaza del Potro
Along Calle Lineros you soon come to the quaint Plaza del Potro. Opposite this plaza on Calle Enrique Romero de Torres is Taberna el Potro which is an ideal place for refreshments. Two more bars with terraces lie alongside offering a wide range of meals and raciónes.