It's no time for a siesta; can La Bandera beat Iberica, can Tapeo top El Gato? You decide...
Last year we held the first of Confidential’s public vote-offs, pitting the best of the region’s food and booze scene against one another in a series of open Twitter polls.
Thousands of votes later we discovered your favourite boozer (Sam’s Chop House), coffee shop (Home Sweet Home), cocktail bar (Cane & Grain) and, because it was flip-flop weather, your favourite outdoor drinking spot (Rain Bar).
And because they went so well, we’ve decided to carry on through into 2017, where we’ll be asking you to vote for your favourite spot for all sorts, from Sunday roasts to steak to street food and so on…
Next up is… Spanish
We all love Spanish food don't we? At least, the sheer number of new Spanish restaurants popping up across the city certainly suggests so, with the likes of Lunya, Iberica, La Bandera, Tapeo and El Gato Negro all launching in the city centre in recent years, cooking up an array of delicious tapas, paella, pinchitos and desserts washed down with perfectly matched local wines.
Now we want you to pick your favourite - let us know which restaurant you think knocks out the best botifarra, the most gorgeous gazpacho, or the cheekiest churros.
Each day we'll be posting heats via Twitter, so simply pick your favourite (be quick as each poll only lasts a day) and the winner moves on until we arrive at the champ - who'll be awarded a spiffy little trophy.
Here we go then...
Heat One 22/05: Tapeo & Wine vs El Rincon de Rafa vs La Vina vs Sandinista
Vote for your favourites in Spanish Restaurants; Heat One: @TapeoandWine @ElRincondeRafa @LaVinaDeansgate @SandinistaMCR... GO GO GO!
— Mcr Confidential (@mcrconfidential) May 22, 2017
Heat Two: 30/05 La Bandera vs La Torre vs Levanter vs Pinchjo's
And we're back! Heat 2 of the 2017 Vote-off Awards - Spanish category! @LaBanderaUK, La Torre, @LevanterFoods, and @Pinchjos! #ManConAwards
— Mcr Confidential (@mcrconfidential) May 30, 2017
Heat Three: El Gato Negro vs Porta vs Baratxuri vs La Tasca
Heat 3 of the 2017 Vote-off Awards - Spanish category! @ElGatoNegroFood, @porta_alt, @BaratxuriBar and @LaTasca! GET VOTING! #ManConAwards
— Mcr Confidential (@mcrconfidential) May 31, 2017
Heat Four: Lunya vs Bar San Juan vs Iberica vs Evuna
Final heat! 2017 Vote-off Awards Spanish category: @LunyaMCR, @YahooBarsanjuan, @IbericaMCR and @Evunamanchester! GET VOTING! #ManConAwards
— Mcr Confidential (@mcrconfidential) June 1, 2017
Semi-final one: Winner of heat 1 vs Winner of heat 2
First semi-final of the Best Spanish Restaurant award 2017 - heat 1 winner @ElRincondeRafa VS heat 2 winner La Torre. VOTE! #ManConAwards
— Mcr Confidential (@mcrconfidential) June 2, 2017
Semi-final two: Winner of heat 3 vs Winner of heat 4
Second semi-final of the Best Spanish Restaurant award 2017 - Heat 3 winner @elgatonegrofood VS Heat 4 winner @LunyaMCR VOTE! #ManConAwards
— Mcr Confidential (@mcrconfidential) June 3, 2017
Final: Semi 1 winner vs Semi 2 winner
IT'S THE BIG FINALE! #ManConAwards 2017 Spanish Restaurant - @LunyaMCR VS La Torre (Urmston)... Get voting folks!
— Mcr Confidential (@mcrconfidential) June 5, 2017