Close to the lavish Jewish Quarter and the city’s main attractions, Mesón Juan Peña is a small, renowned restaurant among Cordoba’s food lovers and restaurateurs. Since 1979, former silversmith Juan Peña has been serving dishes made from recipes passed down by his family. Among their best dishes are fried eggplant, cut into crispy-salty strips for easy sharing among friends; spinach with chickpeas stew, spiced with cumin and other Moroccan flavors; and gambas al ajillo, sautéed shrimp with touches of paprika, red pepper flakes, and a splash of brandy. Mesón Juan Peña has a warm, rustic atmosphere with touches of Spanish kitsch – one wall is adorned with antique agricultural tools, while another is covered floor to ceiling with bullfighting photographs and hats. During the winter, the restaurant provides old-fashioned braseros underneath the tables for heat.
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