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 $12, you get $25 worth of tapas at Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar. Voted the city’s best tapas by the readers of Pittsburgh Magazine two years running, Ibiza offers up a menu that boasts more than 45 tapas from Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and other Latin American countries. Patrons can order plates served cold with flavors that tickle taste buds, such as fresh mushroom bruschetta ($5), crisp green asparagus with smoked salmon ($9), and beef tenderloin served raw in olive oil ($14). Hot options range from traditional Portuguese-style clams ($8) to Spanish sausage with lava-roasted potatoes ($7). Chefs put on a show preparing eclectic bites in the eatery's open kitchen, and a patio—heated and covered during the winter months—proffers a space for semialfresco feasts year-round, safely evoking the age-old Spanish tradition of picnicking in the middle of a bullfighting ring.
Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar
The Ibiza menu showcases more tapas options—over 45—than the total number of US presidents. To keep their food as fresh as the most recent Internet content, the staff uses seasonal ingredients. Their elegant South American and European cuisine isn't the only fresh thing available to guests—fresh air can be imbibed on the outdoor patio, where candlelit tables present a romantic setting or extra work for off-duty firefighters holding a glass of water. Two stories of windows permit peeks at the interior, which conjures a Mediterranean ambience with pastel paintings of sailboats. Elegant stone walls backdrop large-leafed green plants, and a well-stocked bar quenches thirsts.
2224 E Carson St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203