Oldest restaurant in the world: Sobrino de Botín; Madrid, Spain

Last night I ate dinner at what apparently is the oldest restaurant in the world, Sobrino de Botín, in Madrid, near Plaza Mayor. Plaza Mayor has quite the history, or so I've read: bullfights, public executions, soccer matches, but last night it was mostly shopkeepers and homeless people.

The restaurant was founded in 1725. Allegedly, painter Francisco de Goya worked there as a waiter or dishwasher while pursuing his career. Maybe that's just folklore. The restaurant and its most famous dish, the suckling pig, were both mentioned in Hemingway's, The Sun Also Rises.

The restaurant wasn't as touristy as it could have been, given its claim to fame; however, it was overpriced, although that may just be Madrid. I had filet mignon with mushrooms. I was neither impressed nor unimpressed. I was told that I should've had the suckling pig, or suckling lamb, but eating baby animals always seems less appealing to me than eating adult animals.

The oldest restaurant in the world, founded in 1725: Sobrino de Botín; Madrid, Spain.