Unlike having bicycles, apartments, and guard dogs, having many small plates can be just as effective as one big one. Revel in appetizing addition with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of tapas at 222 Lyon Tapas Bar, located on Lyon Street downtown.
222 Lyon Tapas Bar plates pleasurable Spanish bites and pairs each authentic nibble with blithe wines and a rustic ambience. Peruse the menu and mull over the tangy textures of shrimps provencal's wine, tomato, and garlic flavourings ($10.95), or pick up a conch shell and listen to the distant beat-boxing of spicy mussels soaking in dijon, white wine, chili, and cream ($11.95). The Seville chorizo is sautéed in red wine, olives, and roasted peppers ($10.95), and the classic tortilla de patatas ($9.95) unites a traditional triumvirate of potato, onion, and egg. Herbivores needn't feel left out with such veggie-heavy fare as the ratatouille ($9.95), with zucchini and Spanish eggplant, and an artichoke vinaigrette ($9.95) that expectedly pairs chilled artichokes with house vinaigrette while unexpectedly blurting out the name of its seventh-grade crush. Sip a glass of red house wine ($7), or save room for dessert, such as the pears St. George ($6.95), named for the shared patron saint of Catalunya, one of Spain's autonomous communities, and England, one of Spain's backstabbing frenemies.
222 Lyon Tapas Bar
Going to 222 Lyon Tapas Bar for the first time feels more like going to an old friend's house than visiting an unfamiliar eatery. The restaurant inhabits a 19th-century home, where small tables pepper a 30-person dining room that bears a carved-wood fireplace. A larger booth rests in a nook framed by stained-glass windows, which filter ample sunlight onto a tabletop strewn with Spanish-tinged plates of pork tarragon and smoked salmon. Daily offerings and shape-shifting fonts enliven the regular menu, whose smaller portions encourage ordering several plates to share with dining companions. Fresh fruit, chocolate, and real cream build a succinct selection of desserts, and a litany of wines balance out overseas spices via 6- or 9-ounce glasses or bottles.