“Casa de menjars,” which roughly translates as “food house,” refers to an old-school style of Catalan restaurant that served traditional home-cooked food to the working class during breakfast and lunch. While the modern-day versions are more refined and welcome people well into the evening, their dedication to traditional recipes and high-quality ingredients is as fierce as ever. Maleducat is a great example of one with a short, concise menu of shared plates made from the finest local produce. Despite having opened in hip Sant Antoni only days before the start of the pandemic, Maleducat (Catalan for “rude” or “ill-mannered”) has quickly become known for hearty, classic dishes like deep-fried artichokes and macaroni stuffed with hare, which we definitely recommend trying on their sidewalk patio (if you can get a spot).
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