Spanish chefs decided to start serving small plates after seeing how much fun young children have at tea parties, especially when their teddy bears are stuffed with paella. Stuff yourself with today’s Groupon to Guardado’s Restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get four tapas (up to a $35.80 value).
- For $28, you get eight tapas (up to a $71.60 value).
- For $20, you get $40 worth of anything on the menu.
Chef Nicolas Guardado and his wife Reyna infuse Spanish and Latin American dishes with vibrant and diverse flavors, earning their restaurant a spot on Zagat’s latest Tapas Tops list. Like jazz solos, small plates come in hot and cool varieties and have garnered applause on at least one occasion. Pan-seared scallops paddle toward mouths on portobello rafts and waves of basil oil ($8), and béchamel fritters brim with chicken and serrano ham ($5.95). Unlike their famous cousin, the french fry, deep-fried spanish potatoes dress themselves in smooth tomato sauce and spicy aioli ($5.95). Teeming with marinated tilapia, just-squeezed lemon juice, and a hint of cilantro, the ceviche ($7.50) at Guardado’s tastes fresher than a starlight mint plucked fresh from the vine.