Tierra Burrito Bar

What do you get when you combine fresh, affordable food, craft beers and two cool central Madrid locations? You get Tierra Burrito Bar. Anyone familiar with the Southwestern part of the U.S. knows how much we love our Tex-Mex food. For me, stepping into Tierra was like taking a short trip back home because before Tierra, getting a decent burrito was practically impossible in Madrid.

Tierra Burrito Bar at Calle Sagasta

Tierra Burrito Bar at Calle Sagasta

Tierra is like the cool, hip sister of the U.S. based Chipotle restaurant. You start by choosing between a burrito, 3 corn tacos or the naked burrito (burrito bowl) and then go on to select your ingredients of choice (chicken, beef, pork or vegetarian). From there, you can choose to include rice, beans and a variety of delicious sauces ranging from mild to the spiciest sauce that is made from habanero peppers and jalepeños.

A delicious burrito with a side of guacamole from Tierra Burrito

A delicious burrito with a side of guacamole from Tierra Burrito

But what makes this an especially great place to go is the laid-back setting. They’ve taken great care to make it a cool place to hang out, and in true Spain style, you don’t feel rushed. The kitchen is open all day and the location in on Calle Sagasta is a great option if you’re looking for a casual and affordable place for large groups. Another reason to check this place out are the prices, a burrito and drink will set you back about 8 euros, a bargain! Currently, there are two locations, the original Tierra is in the neighborhood of Moncloa and the newest location is in Chamberi, near Alonso Martinez.

When: Open Monday to Thursday from 12:30pm to 12:30am

Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30pm to 2:30am

Sundays from 12:30pm to 12:30am

 

Where: Calle Guzman el  Bueno 52 (Metro Moncloa or Islas Filipinas)

or the second location at Calle Sagasta 30 (Metro Alonso Martinez)

 

Rústika Café ; A great pick for drinks and bohemian romance

The front of Rústika Café

The front of Rústika Café

Recently, I visited a bar called Rústika Café in the neighborhood of Malasaña. After nearly 4 years in Madrid, I can say that I’ve probably been to at least 100 bars or so and this is one is now one of my favorites. Its casual, yet very unique because they’ve managed to combine several different settings into one.

One of the rooms at the Rústika Café

One of the rooms at the Rústika Café

Its got three levels and each one is divided into rooms, each with its own theme and décor. At Rústika Café, the food, like the décor, is inspired by various countries and includes items like cous cous, tostones (fried plantains), and humus. They also offer a special brunch menu on Sundays.

Inside the Rústika Café at night

Inside the Rústika Café at night

This is the type of place where you can go, get a table and share a bottle of wine and simply stay for hours. The setting is very private and unlike a lot of bars in Madrid, they don’t have fluorescent lights. Between the music, the subtle lighting and the various themed rooms, this place is quite versatile. Whether you go on a date or with some friends to have one of their spectacular gin and tonics, this is a nice change from the usual tapas bars in Madrid.

Where: Located at Calle Minas 18

Metro: Noviciado or Tribunal

Hours: Open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 12:30am

Friday and Saturday from 7pm to 2:30am

Sundays from 1pm to 4pm