Picture of the Week: Toothpick Tapas In Barcelona

Taverna Basca Irati (pictured) is one of several upscale tapas bars in Barcelona that displays its tapas on a big self-service bar. Each dish is skewered with a dainty toothpick. You help yourself to whatever looks good, and at the end of the meal your toothpicks are counted and your bill is totaled.

Not only is the food great, but we think this is a great way to dine with kids. Even picky eaters can choose exactly what they want and there's no waiting for a server or trying to decipher a menu to find kid-friendly options.

Related Links:
Barcelona's Taverna Basca Irati
Barcelona With Kids
Kid Friendly Restaurants in Barcelona

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  1. Mimi on May 14, 2008 at 6:14 p.m.

    These look so yummy. What a great idea too! I wonder though if scummy people hide toothpicks? Still brilliant!

  2. Debbie on May 15, 2008 at 8:07 a.m.


    They probably do, It would be easy to hide the toothpicks when the bar is crowded (and not very difficult when it isn't). My guess is that a) most people are honest and b) the restaurant makes its real money from drinks and is willing to accept a certain % of loss on the food.


  3. Ares on January 4, 2013 at 12:51 p.m.

    If you want to eat the tipical "Pintxos" you have to visit Pais Vasco, Pamplona o La Rioja.
    And if some time you visit again Barcelona, don't forgot visit any place from Catalonia: LLeida, Girona, Tarragona, els Pirineus, Muntanyes de Montserrat, el Delta de l'Ebre, etc. I could keep write for days jaja
    Some time you can also have to visit Argetina.
    In both countries I can help you with some information.
    Travel is the best gift for your kids
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  4. Marcello Arrambide on March 12, 2014 at 8:07 a.m.

    Love love love the food in Spain. Even had a cooking lesson while I was in Catalonia :-)