Tapas are a specialty in Spain, where you dine on cuisine in smaller portions. They are basically small plates, appetizers, or snacks that you can enjoy multiple portions of to make up a meal. Boston has a few places around town to go to enjoy both cold and hot tapas.
They go great with sangria and are an interactive way to dine with others. Perfect for the indecisive type, you get to try numerous dishes in one sitting, with bread to soak up all the sauces. From olives and cheese to meat or veggie based dishes, there are a wide variety of options to choose from at the following three restaurants:
266 Newbury St.
Located right on Newbury Street, Tapeo has served up wine and tapas, 7 days a week, for over 15 years. They offer over 40 different small plates to choose from including very traditional options like the Tortilla Espanola, which is an egg, potato, and onion omelet and Pollo al Ajillo, which is a flavorful garlic chicken. You can dine on the patio or inside their cozy restaurant or if you sit at the bar Sunday through Fridays, tapas are available for just $5.
160 Commonwealth Ave.
For six years, BarLola Tapas Lounge in the Back Bay has served sangria and Spanish tapas. Featuring a patio and indoor dining areas, tapas on the menu include the Patatas Ali-Oli, which are sautéed baby red potatoes with a garlic mayo and Calamares Fritos, which is fried calamari with a parsley and pesto mojo sauce. You will also love the Palmeritos, which are Baked Mediterranean dates wrapped in bacon. Sundays heat up with live Flamenco performances all summer long at 8 p.m.
1704 Washington St.
Located in the South End, Toro offers Barcelona inspired Spanish tapas. They serve dinner nightly, as well as lunch on weekdays and brunch on Sundays. They pride themselves on serving small plates using local and sustainable ingredients and can accommodate to dietary restrictions like gluten or nut allergies and have plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans. Toro is receiving praise for their cuisine and Chef Jamie Bissonnette won the Food & Wine's 2011 People's Best New Chef Award.