At España Tapas House, owner Joey Elbiadi wants his customers to sit down and stay awhile, inspired by the Spanish tradition of sharing a long, intimate meal among friends. In doing so, he hires entertainment—such as flamenco dancers on Thursday evenings and Spanish guitarists on Tuesday nights—and focuses his menu on small, shareable plates with modern twists on traditional tapas. Bowls of olives stuffed with white anchovy were described as "salty little umami bombs that are perfect with a beer" by a food critic at the Journal Sentinel, while other dishes pair with signature martinis and specialty sangrias. The newly remodeled dining room’s bright red linens and orange walls are reminiscent of the warm Spanish sun reflecting off the shell of a blushing lobster.
Though many of the dishes made in the Cynthia’s Restaurant kitchen are Mexican classics—there’s cheesy quesadillas, plump steak burritos, and meaty tacos—others were inspired by Italian and American cuisines. Chef Cynthia layers ciabatta with italian meats and tops wheat-berry bread with scoops of creamy tuna salad. She extends her culinary expertise to three different types of soup: poblano cream, cheeseburger chowder, and fondue with broccoli. .
After visitors to Habibi’s Gyros and Kabob House pass under the striped awning, they'll likely be greeted by the rich aromas of Mediterranean spices. Specializing in the dishes of Turkey, Greece, and North Africa, the cooks prepare steaming gyros as well as spicy Moroccan chicken and masala curries. A wall of booths draped with curtains and ornate decor lend the space a seductive feel. On some nights, belly dancers sashay across the tiled floor.