By any standard, that restaurant by the sea is usually a shoe-in for a sign that reads "Tourist Trap". Ideally situated at the end of the Palamos port along with a string of other restaurants with their tables along the promenade, one might anticipate the Petit Bar to be of like standing. However, this busy corner with the need for two terraces on both sides of the restaurant is not busy becausae of tourists alone, it draws locals - families, sohisticates, couples - who all throng and are willing to wait on line for the freshness of the ingredients. I wandered by Petit Bar in the afternoon while my son, who I was traveling with lay exhausted from our afternoon of sightseeing, and I indulged in a glass of 'Cuarenta y Uno' pastis and water, and wrote in the rising heat of the late afternoon sun, and watched as people came and went and were greeted and served. I saw the freshness of the fish, the clean, crisp frying of plates of 'boucherones', and the fabulous looking mussels literally straight from the sea. So, upon returning to the hotel room and being asked where we are going for dinner, the response was easy...Petit Bar. Despite the fact that I was seated one hour earlier, I had to wait twenty minutes for my table because it appeared as if the whole of Palamos came out on this picture perfect evening. The food did not disappoint. Each of the dishes, from the mussels which were delivered as we waited to be seated, the marinated 'anchoas' on toast with tomato sauce, the fried sardines crisp and not greasy and the 'bar' a la plancha, its skin with a slight salt crust and whiteness and flavor inside. A really good choice on the port side of Palamos is Petit Bar and all this service and deliciousness offered at a fair price. Impressive.
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