Tapas are one of the tasty treats that the Spaniards brought to America. They started a trend a few years ago but they are still popular today in the United States with many restaurants and bars serving these yummy snacks to their customers.
These foods are actually finger foods, canapés or small snacks that were originally created in Spain. They come in a variety of forms and can be made differently from place to place.
You can actually make tapas from practically anything such as piping hot meat with sauce served in a miniature clay dish, a chunk of tuna, an olive skewered on a long toothpick combined with cocktail onion, or any combination of small finger foods.
They are usually served as appetizers in many bars and restaurants in Spain, and also in most places in the United States. If you happen to be in California, there are many bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the tastiest and the most delicious tapas in the country. Here are some of the restaurants in CA where you can eat the most appetizing tapas in the country.
1. Bar Celona
This bar is the go to place for tapas in Pasadena. Although set in modern design, it mirrors an authentic European ambience. Their small plate tapas have a variety of choices which include pardon peppers with Spanish aged cheeses, oyster and cremini mushrooms, cured meats and olives.
Bar Celona also serves Crispy eggplant with honey and spiced yogurt, whipped salt cod with potato on grilled bread, empanada, and their home-made style vegetarian or Marinaera Paellas. You can find them at 46 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA.
2. The Bazaar
This restaurant has a very lively communal bar designed by Philippe Starck, along with a Hollywood-worthy restaurant featuring nightly shows. Jose Andres, the owner, says that his intention was to take his diners on a culinary journey of Spain with dishes created his own way. His bar snacks like the ‘bagel and box’ is a delicate cone filled with cream cheese topped with salmon roe. Bazaar is located at 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.
3. Next Door Tapas Lounge
Next Door has a contemporary and artsy ambience perfect for your birthday bash, or your first date. Their Assorted Cheese & Charcuterie Plate will make you ask for another serving. Or you may want to try their Spanish delicacies like Pamplona and Serrano Ham, salchichon de vic, soria, or cantimpalo. They also have Salad in the Glass which is a good way to nibble your way through your meal. You can find this Tapas restaurant at 11814 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA.
The tapas served by K-Zo are unique because they have a Japanese spin. This restaurant serves Spanish tapas with a unique Asian influence, and there are crowds who love them. Its signature tapas consist of Tuna Carpaccio served on a plate of arugula, pecorino cheese and capers, topped with a creative truffle dressing and wasabi cream sauce.
So, if you are itching for different tapas such as Baked Pink Hotate (broiled scallops) and Shishito Pepper (sautéed Japanese chili pepper), you can visit K-Zo at 9240 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA.
5. Tinto Tapas Espana
The tapas of this restaurant carry the true Spanish taste. When dining in this restaurant, you have to try the Tabla de Quesos, which consists of four Spanish cheeses (Flor del Cadi, Manchego, Mas Can Beia and Idiazabal), quince paste, fresh grapes, dried apricots, fig marmalade and Marcona almonds (sourced from the Spanish and Mediterranean regions).
You can also request the chef to prepare a plate of his choice of desserts. These could include Flan Coco, Spanish churros, Sorbete de Limon and others. This restaurant is located at 7511 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.
6. Bar Pinto
This restaurant is one of the favorite for tapas-hungry locals as well as visitors. It is well known for its tapas, paellas, platos and its Gin and Tonic Bar. You can indulge yourself in tapas while you are in this restaurant. There are six kinds of tapas you can choose from.
At only $6 a-piece, you can savor the Manzanilla (Manilla Clams cooked in Manzanilla Sherry and Sofrito), or the Crimini Mushroom with Manchego, or the Serrano Jamon on grilled bread, or the Piernas De Pollo (chicken drumette lollipops with Ximenez BBQ sauce, or the Huevos Rellenos con Vinagreta Vasca, or the Hamburgesas Bar Pintxo (mini burgers with Tronchon Cheese, caramelized onions, and Guindilla Peppers).
Bar Pinto also serves spirits, so you can also try their wine options one of which is the Gin de Toronjay y Tomillo con Tonica (Grapefruit-Thyme Infused Farmers Organic Gin and Tonic). You can find this bar and restaurant at 109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA.