Madrid has a bountiful selection of great sit-down places to eat, whether it be a long mid-day meal for menu del dia or one of the trendy, new places that have been popping up for dinner with friends. Of course, there is no shortage of fast food, with McDonalds, Tako Away, Burger King, and even Five Guys on every corner. But what are you to do when you don’t want a lengthy sit down meal for a pretty penny, but you want something that’s of higher quality than your neighborhood fast food joint? You want quick, quality food! Right here, right now, we are going to share our top 5 favorite Fast *quality* food places.
1 // Keyaan’s. Keyaan’s is one of the newer places on the Madrid food scene, as it just opened a few months ago. Their bright colors and friendly staff give you all the tropical feels, just like you would find in the Dominican Republic, which is where the inspiration for the food comes from. The two owners have poured their heart and soul into this business, and created a menu to match their backgrounds and personalities. Keyaan’s specializes in Dominican fare, but they serve a variety of items. They are best known for their various empanadas with a number of tasty fillings, wrapped in fresh, handmade dough, and fried to order (in opening picture). They also serve a few other items, including fritos (similar to tostones), and bollitos de yuca (fried balls of yuca stuffed with hot, melted cheese). Yes, they’re as good as they sound. If you’ve made it through all of that, you’ll need something to wash it down! Keyaan’s has just what you need- a delicious milkshake! We tried two flavors and I can highly recommend the Biscoff Cookie flavor, which I downed in 3 minutes, flat- it was that good! We would be remiss not to mention their homemade cheesecake, which just might be the best cheesecake I have ever had in my life. Long story short, check out Keeyan’s for a piping hot empanada, a Biscoff cookie milkshake to wash it down, and a thick slice of cheesecake with a shot of espresso to round it out. Now that your mouth is watering, check them out at Calle Blasco de Garay, 10.
2 // Takos Al Pastor. You’ve probably heard of Tako’s Al Pastor, as they’re one of the most popular quick-food places in Madrid, but we are including them because we think they’re just that good. There is always a long line out the door and just a few tables for customers, but don’t let that deter you. The line moves quickly and you’ll be rewarded with deliciously cheesy and meaty tacos and quesadillas for only 1 Euro each (for the tacos). The tacos aren’t huge, so you’ll want to order a bunch to try. Pair them with an ice cold (Mexican) beer and you’ve got yourself a quality Mexican meal for an awesome price! Find them at Calle de la Abada, 2
3 // Taberna La Descubierta. Taberna La Descubierta is the place for great tapas in central Madrid with very competitive prices. We love many things on the menu, but our favorite plates are the Tostada La Descubierta, which consists of lacon and tomato smothered in cheese and finished with a dash of oregano for extra flavor, and the jamon croquettes, which are homemade and full of soft, creamy flavor. There are so many croquettes in Madrid, but these ones definitely stand out! In addition to the outstanding tapas, we love the fair prices. The average price is €6/8 per plate, which will provide plenty for 2-3 people per serving. Check them out for yourself at Calle Barcelona, 12.
4// De Patata Madre. Just as the name suggests, De Patata Madre is the place to go for one thing- their awesome potatoes! Skin-on potatoes, that is. They are called Patatas Feria, as they are typical in the south of Spain, but the potatoes served at De Patata Madre have a little Venezuelan twist. Our favorite variety is Pulpo, which is a perfectly seasoned potato, smothered in paprika-infused butter, and served with incredibly fluffy pulpo. Find them on Calle Cardinal Cisneros, 1.
5// Jleo’s. This one is for all of our American readers that have been missing Chipotle-style burritos from the United States while here in Madrid. If that’s you, then this is the place for you! And for our non-American readers, let me fill you in on the cheesy, carby, meaty, perfectly wrapped burrito details. Here it is: made-to-order huge burritos, designed by you (or if you’re not in the mood for a burrito, try their tacos or salad bowls). Start by choosing the tortilla: plain or spinach. From there, you’ll be making some pretty tough decisions: what type of rice? What type of meat? What type of salsa or vegetables or cheese?! You can pick and choose whatever you like, but we highly recommend their incredible Arroz Jleo’s, which is a blended rice with awesome texture, and their corn, with flavor that is unquestionably amazing. Once you decide exactly what you want inside, they wrap the burrito nice and snug, and then warm the entire thing up for you. The price is totally fair for the size and incredible quality. Do yourself a favor and go try one for yourself at Calle Eloy Gonzalo 4-6.
And that’s it, our 5 Awesome “Quick-Food” Spots in Madrid are done. If you want other awesome quick food spots, then check these out too