Passing things can be one of humankind's most enjoyable experiences, be it judgment, blame, college entrance exams, or attractive strangers. Today's deal gives you the joy of passing plates: for $15, you get $30 worth of Spanish tapas and drinks at El Bodegon Restaurant & Tapas Bar in Fishers. You'll also receive 25% off at the restaurant's deli and gourmet shop, which sells hard-to-find Spanish and South American delicacies and special ingredients, including meats, cheeses, sweets, and maps to El Dorado.
Since human mouth sizes are as diverse as human nationalities, El Bodegon caters to food-holes large and small with a rich menu of small-plate tapas and large-plate feasts. Provoke your bullish appetite by waving a starting round of bite-sized, veggie-friendly Spanish potato omelet slices ($2.50 each); rice-filled blood sausages served on rustic bread ($2.50 per slice); and petite servings of seafood paella with rice, shrimp, mussels, scallops, baby octopus, and saffron calamari ($2.95 per small plate) in front of it. Once you've packed the tabletop with a few empty plates, fill up the remaining space with robust entrees like a dozen steamed mussels in vinaigrette ($9.95), Venezuelan King's Arepas packed with shredded beef and avocado ($5.45), and rustic bocatas (Spanish for "sandwich" and German for "the vague suspicion that your roommate is mooching your shampoo") with Manchego cheese on crusty bread infused with tomatoes and olive oil ($4.95). To keep it properly Spanish without resorting to castanets or artificially heating up the blood with microwaves, pair your repast with some South American wine or homemade Sangria El Bodegon ($5 per glass, $18 pitcher).
The rewards of successful dining are a victory-lap visit to El Bodegon's deli and gourmet shop, where a Groupon gets customers 25% off Indiana's only stock of dry-cured Serrano hams, Spanish cheeses, arequipe (caramels, or Colombian dulce de leche), papas criollas, and the South American oatmeal drink, avena alpina, among other delicious products. Stock a belly and then stock a pantry with goods that will temper any resentments you may still hold toward Penelope Cruz for breaking up with you after she regained her memory.
- The mussels in vinaigrette were covered with a vibrant, rough-chopped salsa whose tomato-onion tang popped tastily...the [arepa] was typical comfort food. Get it warm, so the outside is crispy, giving way to the thick corn patty laced with potato strings and, possibly, pork grease that coats your mouth deliciously. – Jennifer Litz, Nuvo
- We tried the Colombian style arepa with cheese and we loved it...We also tried their beef and chicken empanadas and they made us so happy. These were really flaky empanadas and the meat was seasoned deliciously, especially in the beef one. We also enjoyed the Bocata de Jamon Serrano (sandwich with Spanish serrano ham). It was perfect in its simplicity; crusty bread rubbed with tomatoes and sprinkled with olive oil and tasty serrano ham. – Worth Your Attention
70% of Urbanspooners recommend the eatery, saying:
- The food was delicious and very reminiscent of the tapas I had in Spain. – Romania87, Urbanspoon