The mothership of this small gourmet hamburger chain, a pioneer in the field in Barcelona, opened its third space in Ronda Universitat in 2013, and the original, near Santa Caterina, is now called Little Bacoa. The original bears the name 'Little' because the new Bacoa, while still carrying on with its trademark excellence and informality, is enormous. So what's different? Owner Brad Ainsworth is betting that thinking locally will pay off: with the change of seasons, Bacoa offers burgers made with products grown nearby, such as artichokes from El Prat, for example. This is where they started ramping up the marketing with big ideas like the chair that holds your bags, and the piece of card that holds your burger so it stays together better and you don't get your hands dirty.
When in Barcelona, don't settle for imported fast food joints or giant themed restaurants casting shadows on La Rambla in your quest for a great burger. Our hunt for perfect patties and fantastic fries turned up more than just those or snooty gourmet versions of the American classic (though a few of them as well). The obsession with fine ingredients that has gripped burger-makers in New York and London for the last few years has caught on in the Catalan capital too, with happy results.