Sharing a meal together strengthens family bonds in a civilized way, unlike invading the neighborhood block party and laying siege to the bounce castle. Subjugate your hunger with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $50 worth of tapas and wine at El Mesón de Castilla.
The culinary artisans at El Mesón de Castilla forge a fiery menu of authentic Spanish cuisine. The restaurant's selection of tapas takes tongues on a Spanish tour with plates that include the Tabla Mesón de Castilla ($18)—a liberal helping of Spanish–style cold cuts and cheeses served atop a bed of anti-Franco pamphlets. Spanish sausage is sautéed with red wine in the chorizo al vino tinto ($9), and red peppers filled with codfish chunks combine to become the piquillos de bacalao ($11). The papas a la brava ($4) hosts fried potato dices with two spicy sauces on the side.
House wine ($7) hails from the temperature- and humidity-controlled cellar, which keeps vino fresher than an heir to the throne of Bel Air. Lined with rich, wooden trim, El Mesón de Castilla's dining room seats guests amid a warmly lit décor, featuring a small stage that has hosted such live entertainment as musical performances and dramatized menu readings.