There, he buys the meat for his restaurant from Antonio Molina, the most popular butcher in the place. He’s specialized in ‘latin cuts’, and has hamburgers for every taste: tomato and honey, cheese and bacon, or even one with pine nuts from Pedro Ximénez. And, he can get almost everything you’re looking for, whether it’s goose eggs, Olvera sausage, or ‘wagyu’ meat.
On the other end, in the ‘Paquito’ fish shop, Francisco Gaitán explains the virtues of prawns, sardines, an excellent rock-fish and all the elements that go into a “fritura Malagueña as God intended it to be”. He started working when he was thirteen, and almost five decades later he’s still standing, cleaning the fish with an enormous agility, and preparing it to make it as easy as possible for the clients.
“The only thing that’s left is actually going to their houses to cook it”, he says laughing while he removes the intestines a snapper with a surgical precision.
In the center of the market, Juani has practically every fruit or vegetable you’re looking for. And after finishing your shopping, nothing is better than to enjoy the two stands of the ‘Freiduría Salvador y Lucas’, with a menu based on fresh fish and seafood. You can even boil the seafood right there, in case you’d like to take the prepared products of the sea at home.
Someone who also knows how to spoil his clients is Juan Buitrago, triathlete that has been running ‘Embutidos El Tejar’ together with his brother since 2011. It’s not a delicatessen, nor a ‘ultramarinos’(grocery store) or a gourmet store, but the smell when you walk in insinuates that in this place, you can find quality.
Ham, sobrassada of Mahón, tuna jerky or exquisite cheeses are part of the offer of this place, where people also go to chat, talk about the neighborhood and forget the daily stress.