From Our Editors
- For seafood lovers: roasted clams with anchovy butter
- For vegetarians: fried potatoes with artichoke aioli
- For sweet teeth: the pan con chocolate, which The Stranger describes as "a dessert-toast that goes from sweet to salty to heat in a magical manner"
The Press: Seattle Weekly not only hailed Ocho as home to 2011's best tapas and small plates, but also where bartenders "pour some of the finest cocktails in town."
What to Drink: Specialty libations such as the Donkey's Tongue, a blend of chili-infused tequila, cucumber, pomegranate liqueur, and lemon. Along with exotic cocktails every Monday, the bar stocks plenty of Spanish wines, as well as draft, bottled, and canned beers.
When to Go: The bar's daily happy hours (Monday–Friday from 4–6 p.m., Saturday–Sunday from noon–6 p.m., Sunday–Thursday from 11 p.m.–midnight) include a $2 food menu and $2 off house cocktails.
Inside Tip: Show up early. The cozy eatery only has about 30 seats and doesn't take reservations, though they do keep a waitlist on especially busy nights.
Croquettes: breaded and fried Spanish fritters, most commonly stuffed with ham but also available in meat, seafood, and veggie varieties.
Serrano: dried, salted pieces of pork that cure for up to 18 months in mountainous regions.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: The Noble Fir (5316 Ballard Avenue), which also specializes in a curated menu of small plates. Two things to keep in mind, though: they focus on French flavors rather than Spanish ones, and only welcome patrons who are 21 years or older.