Hot potato, the earliest dish designed to be passed, is nearly extinct due to the constant ravages of grade-school appetites. Revive shifting sustenance with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Spanish fare and nonalcoholic drinks at Espana Bar de Tapas.
Espana Bar de Tapas entices tongue buds with a menu brimming with authentic Iberian eats. The restaurant's culinary stars⎯tapas⎯tantalize palates with a mixture of zesty vegetables, savory meats and cheeses, and the most delicious ingredient of all: sharing. The meals at Espana Bar de Tapas run the gamut of flavor, spiciness, and temperature, with piping-hot plates such as pisto manchego, a stew of zucchini, garlic, and tomato underneath a tasteful summer hat of fried egg ($5.50), as well as cool dishes of embutido variado, a savory menagerie of spanish cured meats ($6.50 for half, $13 for full). The hardworking chefs prepare the paella ($7.50/tapa, $12/entree) fresh each day, uniting a culinary federation of chicken, seafood, vegetables, and saffron rice in a peaceful, appetizing union. Diners can enjoy the clatter of plate passing and samplings of Spanish fare in the spacious interior with its brick floors and exposed ductwork or out on the open-air patio. Diversions such as karaoke nights and billiards keep restless mouths and fidgety fingers from poaching tempting morsels from neighboring tables.
Espana Bar de Tapas
While the origin of the word tapas—literally “lid” or “cover” in Spanish—is still disputed, the dishes’ international popularity is not. Espana Bar de Tapas offers its guests a traditional tapas experience, serving plates of meats, seafood, cheeses, and desserts. The sharable size of dishes fosters a communal dining experience, sparking conversation to partake of freshly made paella, sautéed garlic shrimp, and Spanish cured meats. The restaurant crafts four types of sangria that complement dishes and liven up any date night, happy hour, or party. Espana Bar de Tapas opens daily at 3pm.