One of the best ways to eat like a local in Spain is to sit down at a restaurant between 2pm to 4pm for almuerza (lunch) and order the menu del dia or menu of the day. Lunch is the most important meal of the day in Spain. It is the time when locals partake of a good filling meal.
The menu del dia is usually a meal of three courses, including drinks with a fixed price. There is a list of dishes to choose from for each course. It is the most economical way of enjoying Spanish food in Spain.￼
The concept of the menu del dia was introduced to Spain in 1965 to promote tourism. A law was enacted requiring the hospitality industry to abide by a specific list of rules regarding the range of food and drinks to be offered in restaurants. ￼
The Spanish people loved the idea of an economical fixed-price menu. The concept spread throughout Spain, and has become a part of Spain’s meal time tradition, even though the law no longer applies today. ￼
My husband and I found Spain’s menu del dia wallet friendly. We are definitely checking out more when we go back to Spain.