Like voluntary tasings and constructive criticism, some meals are best when delivered in small doses. Snack in stride with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Spanish-style small plates at Espana Bar de Tapas.
Chefs at Espana Bar de Tapas prepare an authentic menu of Spanish-style small plates and other specialties. Diners share hot and cold bites and the latest Yanni gossip as they pass around plates of classic tapas such as the tortilla española, a traditional potato, onion, and egg omelet ($4.50). Hot empanadillas ($3 each) warm mouths with vegetables, chorizo, and cheese bundled snugly within a crisp-fried turnover, and an order of chilled gazpacho ($4.50) douses taste buds and passing eternal flames with spoonfuls of cool vegetable soup. For heartier appetites, chefs craft fresh paella ($12/entree) every day, compiling chicken, seafood, and vegetables on cozy beds of saffron rice, and fill waiting mitts and empty mittens with baguette sandwiches (bocadillos) stuffed with the likes of serrano ham, pork loin, and green peppers ($8).
Espana Bar de Tapas' deep-red walls and brick archways occasionally resound with the sweet strains of karaoke, and a warm wood bar makes guests feel at home during trivia or college nights. Sports action emanates from flat-screen TVs, and a pool table invites patrons to perfect corner shots or strike up one-sided conversations with the quiet cousin of the magic 8 ball.
Espana Bar de Tapas
While the origin of the word tapas—literally “lid” or “cover” in Spanish—is still disputed, the dishes’ international popularity is not. Espana Bar de Tapas offers its guests a traditional tapas experience, serving plates of meats, seafood, cheeses, and desserts. The sharable size of dishes fosters a communal dining experience, sparking conversation while guests walk around to partake of freshly made paella, sautéed garlic shrimp, and Spanish cured meats. The restaurant crafts four types of sangria that complement dishes and liven up any date night, happy hour, or party. Espana Bar de Tapas opens at 3 p.m. and closes at 2 a.m. daily.