Named by rearranging the letters of pasta, tapas are the delicious Spanish rebuttal to Italian cuisine’s long-held dinner dominance. Join the fray with today's Groupon to ChaChah. For $25, you’ll get $50 worth of tapas and drinks. Sit by the cozy fireplace and cylinder chandelier in the dining room or take up residence beneath the glowing orbs of light along the bar. For lovely views, dine on the enclosed patio amongst handsome pine pillars and glass-paneled walls. Grab your loquacious epicures and gregarious gourmands for an evening of succulent cuisine and imaginative drinks that'll keep you talking all night long, eventually coaxing your enemy into revealing the location of the Icarus Device.
Tapas are small plates designed for snacking and sharing over drinks and good company. Perfect for the crowd that doesn't like to choose, these culinary creations make mouthwatering meals when you order a variety to pass and share. Tapas teach the importance of sharing and encourage conversation by eliminating the formal aspects of eating from one plate piled high. Though many tapas involve rich, buttery, and spicy flavors, the small plates and variety allow you to indulge without feeling bloated or overfull. Nibble, savor, and talk until you're full of food, wine, and intoxicating discourse.
Start off with a charcuterie and queso board, available in a variety of options, such as duck prosciutto and house-made chorizo along with bonnie blue feta, idiazabel, and valdeon cheeses ($3 each). Snackish small plates range from $3–$9, so you can have your fill of house-cured olives and the sweet and savory flavor combo of valdeon-bacon stuffed dates. Munch on truffled chips with mahon and chives and lemon-thyme quail wings. Show mama octopus who's boss when you devour baby octopus with garlic and citrus, then treat your taste buds to ginger zest crab fritters with harissa. Larger plates, such as rosemary shrimp and feta bake with creamy polenta and almonds ($13), and Moroccan-spiced lamb loin with cilantro yogurt and cucumber raita ($18) are perfect for sharing over wine ($6–$11 per glass) or fair-trade teas ($7). Liquor and tea occupy the same glass in the hibiscus cosmopolitan ($9) and black tea julep ($9), or try the spiced pear martini ($11), a delicious, boozy, non-tea option.
- Definitely heartier tapas, ChaChah’s dishes are surprisingly filling, especially the sandwich, which we ordered again in our second round. – Her
- ...lamb, duck, quail and other meats were so deftly prepared, so succulent, fork-tender and flavorful, that the accessories served only to accentuate and complement the flavors and textures of the meats, creating a larger overall impression. Therein lies the success of Myint's formula: The flavorful whole is greater than the sum of its parts. – Carrington Fox, Nashville Scene
- The first taste of the bison shank put me over the edge. Lost in the opulent tang of the braised meat, I thought back on all the other superlative tastes I'd stumbled into at ChaChah, and I asked out loud, "How does he do this?" – Will Ayers, The Tennessean
Sharing vs. Scaring
Like popcorn at the movies and jumbo crayons in kindergarten, tapas are designed for sharing, facilitating conversation and encouraging a variety of experiences, rather than a slow, plodding evening of staring at one’s own plate. Clearly, sharing is usually the way to go, but there are exceptions. Here’s a handy list of sharing do’s and don’t’s for you to print out and keep in your wallet:
Do share your Halloween candy with your parents, because they’re just going to take it while you’re sleeping anyway.
Don’t share the remarkable surprise ending of Harry Potter and The Parliament of Shadows, now available for pre-order, arriving in bookstores in 2011.
Do share your favorite chewed up, drool-soaked squeaking plush duck with your dog, so that you can blame its ragged condition on him when fancy dinner guests arrive.
Don’t share your awesome idea for a new Die Hard movie with local law enforcement officials by referring to it as your “plan.”
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