Spanish cuisine is often held in high regard worldwide, and although there is more to it than jamón serrano and tapas, I’m just not the biggest fan…and I live in Spain. I find the selection is limited in veggies and abundant in meats and simple flavors. The variety I'm used to back home isn’t as ubiquitous here in Madrid, but great options do exist and one of my favorites is Banibanoo. Persian food in Madrid. http://wanderlicious.es/banibanoo-vegetarian-persian-food-in-madrid/
The San Miguel market is the most charming of Madrid's covered, iron markets; it dates back to 1916, and offers fresh produce, fruits, and meats. It also contains a number of cafés and kiosks offering local specialties for consumption on the spot. It's a place where local housewives still come to do their shopping, and tourists come to admire the market and its rhythms, and to sample some delicious tapas while so doing.
Listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest restaurant, Botin has been turning out impeccably roasted meats from its original Castilian-style cast iron wood burning oven since 1725 - nearly three centuries. This is the oldest restaurant still running in Spain, and one of the oldest in the world.