Although Barcelona is mainly known for its tapas, both the 'gastro and greasy' variety, there are still a few gems and unique hot spots if you're looking for a good old fashioned homestyle meal. The city is quickly adopting the Sunday (and weekday) brunch menu and with that comes new 'American Style' diners and restaurants all geared at serving locals, expats and tourists, delicious comfort food.
Whether it's paella to split amongst four or more, soup and salad incorporated into one of the daily 'menus' (set menu usually between 10-13 Euros served during lunch), or chicken and fries, restaurants are now adding 'tastes of home' into their line up.
The Gothic Quarter and Born neighborhoods in particular have several tasty 'feel good' options as do some of the surrounding neighborhoods such as Sarria and Sant Gervasi. These are more residential neighborhoods whose restaurants cater more to family style than some of the ones in the city center.
And don't be fooled by the tapas bars either. Although most of them sport small plates of food that don't necessarily convey comfort or homestyle, many places have daily specials that aren't on the menu and are constantly updating their repertoire to cater to tourists, especially in the Old City and the center.