Like voluntary tasings and constructive criticism, some meals are best when delivered in small doses. Snack in stride with today’s Groupon to Rioja. Choose between the following options:
- For $7, you get $15 worth of tapas during lunch.
- For $12, you get $25 worth of tapas during dinner.
Rioja's chefs draw upon 150-year-old family recipes to forge small-plate fare that has filled a trophy case with awards including a commendation from the Houston Press for Best Tapas. In the evening, taste buds tango with cold tapas including the serrano-ham-topped baguettes of pa’amb tomaquet ($7.95) or samba with hot tapas such as sweet-pear purée resting atop fried black spanish sausage ($7.95). Diners on an outdoor patio tear into paella mixta, which mingles prawns, mussels, calamari, and homemade chorizo ($17.95). On Friday and Saturday evenings, the rhythm of live music wafts out into the cool air, augmenting Spanish ambiance as miraculous as a nest of bullfighters.
The lunch menu showcases bocatas, sliced foot-long french baguettes that accommodate potato omelets, grilled sardines, or chorizo ($7.95+). Three-course tapas lunches ($13.95) combine small plates of patatas bravas, baby green asparagus, and sushi-grade salmon to form a trio as powerful as the Three Stooges' personal injury lawyers. Although not covered by this deal, Rioja’s wine list fills glasses as clinking toasts punctuate cheery chatter.
11920 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, Texas 77077