Hot potato, the earliest dish designed to be passed, is nearly extinct due to the constant ravages of grade-school appetites. Today's Groupon revives shifting sustenance with $30 worth of tapas, sangria, and more for $15 at Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar, located downtown. This Groupon is good toward dinner only. Sup on full-sized Spanish standards such as grouper al limón ($19), filete de res (beef tenderloins with sautéed onions and mushrooms, $21), or paella (traditional or vegetarian, $19). Or share several plates of tapas calientes y tapas frias to get a more diverse taste of their dinner menu as Spaniards intended. Order a glass of homemade sangria ($6) and pair an order of ceviche (lime-marinated shrimp and scallops, $11) with some croquetas (stuffed with Serrano ham and served with aioli, $7) and a plate of mejillones lorbé (mussels in marinara, $10). Or sip an imported Spanish house wine ($6) between bites of paté de queso (goat cheese plate with sun-dried tomatoes and toast) ($8) and tortas de cangrejo (crab cakes with chutney, $10). Passing plates at Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar teaches the importance of sharing to emotionally stunted adults and encourages conversation by eliminating the formal aspects of eating from one plate piled high. Nibble, savor, and talk until you're full of wine, intoxicating discourse, and traditional delicacies of the Galician region of Spain. Like skydiving and donating a kidney, trying tapas is a risk worth taking. This Groupon is valid for dinner only and cannot be applied toward cover charges at Spain Restaurant's musical shows.
- There are great fried bar snacks: rollitos ($7), like mini egg rolls stuffed with spicy pork sausage; tender breaded calamari ($8); doughy, picadillo-stuffed empanadillas ($6); golden brown croquetas ($6) of potato and cheese that could have used a more generous stuffing of Serrano ham. Bite-size, salty and consistently good, Spain's tapas are just the thing to accompany a gin martini or glass of Rioja. – Brian Ries, Creative Loafing
- I work downtown and I have been visiting this place for years. The food is always rock solid and delicious. – Tom Sweet, Urbanspoon
513 N Tampa St.
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