The summer is a great time to indulge in some of life’s pleasures in small dishes. As tapas from Spain is celebrated in its many forms, we cast our eye over some of the best certified Restaurants From Spain across the country - with a definitive gastroguide on tapas.
With multiple locations on the East Coast and extending as far south as Nashville Tennessee, the Boqueria Spanish Tapas restaurant offers all the classic small dishes (croquetas, patatas bravas etc.), which include vegetarian dishes e.g. ajo blanco broccoli. This is a great option if you want options - for tapas and more!
Must-try: The Boqueria Experience tasting menu
For a tapas dining experience that is fun, flamboyant and cutting edge, the Jaleo by José Andrés dream teams of José Andrés are crafted to amaze. It’s no wonder the chef receives accolades from all over the USA - his tapas are a culinary experience that fuse traditional Spanish flavor and modern innovation - think liquid olives or gin & tonic oysters.
Must-try: José’s Way tapas tasting menu
This Asheville bar de tapas pairs award-winning hospitality from Chef Katie Button’s staff with a nostalgic tapas menu that evokes the warm-heartedness of the Iberian Peninsula. For the full experience, let the chef guide you towards new, elevated takes on tapas dining.
Must-try: Pimientos de piquillos - peppers stuffed with goat cheese and salsa verde
Timeless splendor sets the scene for this Spanish tour-de-force in tapas. While the original Taberna del Alabardero is located near the Royal Palace in Madrid, its Washington DC counterpart is no less stately. Here you'll enjoy the creative fusion tapas just as much as the old world vibe.
Must-try: Chori-sidra - chorizo in apple cider
What started out as a simple bodega bar with tapas has grown - in the last two decades - into a sprawling Spanish dining institution in Miami, Florida. Xixón offers a staggering 138 dishes on the menu - mainly tapas of course - plus live flamenco shows. ¡Olé!
Must-try: Artichokes with jamón ibérico