We’ve all done it—a few too many Pisco Sours or sangrias and before you know it, everybody’s tapas. Here are a few spots around town where the small plates merit a triple DDD(elicious) rating.
When the Pix Patisseries combined forces and morphed into a super patisserie on E. Burnside, they made room for a tiny tapas bar inside—aka Bar Vivant. A la Barthelona, belly up to the glass display, point at whatever looks good, and then drink yourself silly on sherry. (PS: Pix/Bar Vivant's new address is 2225 E. Burnside St.)
Swanky but never snobby, Andina makes for a great date night--if for some reason your date isn’t into sharing dozens of the vibrantly-flavored small plates, trade him/her for another mojito and the passion fruit mousse-stuffed quinoa cannoli. PS: Live music every night!
If you aren’t looking for this little Spanish haven, you probably won’t find it—but the narrow and unassuming storefront’s frosted windows are hiding one of the sexiest destinations in town. Big paella pans, small plates, full-bodied wines, and an adventurous date—score!
Somehow, 7 days a week, 360-something days a year, this venerable tapas joint STILL fills to capacity every single night. So plan accordingly, and consider a cocktail at The Secret Society upstairs if the wait’s particularly egregious.
If you’re into prawn ceviche and caipirinhas and firepits (and who isn’t??), you’ll love this lively Peruvian spot, with its elegant indoor-outdoor spaces, people-watching patio, and popular happy hour. (Late night HH on Fri & Sat nights from 9-10pm too!)
This festive slice of NE 28th’s Restaurant Row dishes up New Orleans buzz and ragin’ Cajun/Creole small plates, from the “Drankin’ Snacks” (aka crawfish fritters and chicken liver brochette) to soft shell crab po’ boys and crawfish etouffee. Plus, happy hour is all night on Wednesday.