When you’re on the hunt for the finest jamon in all of Spain, just look up at the ceiling. When you see whole slabs of jamon hanging from the ceiling, then you should be fine.
During my day trip to Pamplona for the Running of the Nothings, I headed for a little lunch action to Calle San Nicolás. It’s a large street with eateries next to eateries. I looked up and down and settled on the more modern looking place, La Mandarra de la Ramos. They have ham, they have croquettes, they croquettes stuffed with ham. I added on some egg and potato tortas to complete my meal.
Back in San Sebastian, there’s nothing wrong with having jamon for lunch and having it again for dinner. On my checklist of places to visit was Bar Haizea on Aldamar. It was featured on the old Anthony Bourdian series on the Travel Channel, No Reservations. He said it’s where the chefs eat. With that said, it’s old school and no thrills with down-to-earth, mom-and-pop vibe.