Tapas Barcelona feels as warm and authentic as a taperia on the shores of Southern Spain, from the spicy Spanish cuisine to the general sense that no one's really in that much of a hurry. The decor is equally as appropriate—dark wood molding offsets fiery orange walls covered with Spanish paintings and posters, and warm lights illuminate the spacious, rustic-looking room.
The never-ending list of tapas is a medley of full, rich flavors. The only problem: deciding which of the options to order. We suggest one of each. Divided into cold and hot options, the tapas cost between $3-$10 and range from baked goat cheese in tomato sauce with garlic bread to grilled mussels served on a sizzling skillet. An additional handful of larger dishes, such as paellas, sandwiches and pizzas, come as entrees. Under no circumstances can you forget to leave room for dessert. We recommend the platano con helado, a banana cooked with caramel and pistachio and served over vanilla ice cream.
When the weather's chilly, the bar inside offers a full stock of liquor, beer and cocktails (try a Catalan Martini or a Picasso). But the real treat is the expansive back patio, lined with trees and cafe-style tables—a true tribute to Southern Spain and all of its hazy, lazy glamour. It's the perfect place to enjoy a pitcher of sangria ($17) or margaritas ($20) on a peaceful summer day when you're lucky enough to have nothing else to do.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Emily Browne