Tapeo or BarLola?
A couple of my girlfriends are coming in this weekend and we're spending one glorius baby-free night at the Sheraton in the Back Bay. I'd like to get tapas in the area, and I'm wondering if there is a board favorite between Tapeo and BarLola. I've been to Tapeo once before, and I thought it was good enough, but I've never been to BarLola. Also if you could comment on whether one patio is better than the other that would be helpful too. Thanks!
My take: BarLola is a hair cheaper than Tapeo, and does a few tapas pretty well. Tapeo wins hands down for me on atmosphere (gotta love the surrealist decor), patio (great people-watching on Newbury Street, as opposed to subterranean patio with obstructed view of Comm Ave, which doesn't have much pedestrian traffic) and food (Tapeo and Dali coming pretty close in many of their tapas to the stuff I remember from Madrid and Sevilla).
Your mileage, as always, may vary.
Surrealist? Are you thinking of Dali instead? How so? I think of the 2 as somewhat similar in decor, both going for the sort of rustic brick/tile/wrought iron look (skip the upstairs room at Tapeo, which is nondescript).
I agree that, judging on my few experiences, Tapeo is kind of underrated, someone else mentioned that too recently...It's no Taberna, but it's solid.
I really like them both, but I think for one night out I'd go to Tapeo, which is a bit more expensive, just for location and for a slightly better variety of more creative tapas...though even that is debatable.
I got to Lola a lot because I live on the same block, and I like to sit at the bar, and the bartenders know us and we get good, fast service, and even occasionally a free sangria refill ;-). For a one night only thing, especially if you want al fresco dining, Tapeo is the better bet.
You must must must must must must get the conejo (rabbit). omfg, I love it. It's actually good at both places, but Tapeo's is the best. Watch out for the small bones though, and get extra bread for mopping up all the sauce.
My other Tapeo faves:
A long island duckling leg with a wonderfully flavorful and rich berry sauce.
The goat cheese. Creamy, flavorful, served in a shallow bath of tomatoes. yum!