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La Bola Taberna

5 Calle de la Bola
Madrid , Spain

Located on a quiet side street just north of the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre), this family-owned tavern is renowned for its signature cocido madrileño (Madrilenian stew), a house specialty since the restaurant opened in 1870. Behind the bright red exterior, the old-fashioned dining room is decorated with tiled floors, red and white tablecloths, and wood-paneled walls hung with framed bullfighting photographs. Cooked in earthenware pots over a wood fire, the traditional cocido is served in two courses: a noodle soup made with broth from the stew, followed by a plate of chickpeas, cabbage, chicken, and pork.

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