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Jan 7, 2007 02:48 AM

Tapas in Dallas?

I was wondering who of you in Dallas are familiar with great Spanish tapas and if so, where you would recommend going to have some. I haven't lived here long and am just beginning to really get into finding amazing restaurants. I've been to Hola and actually thought they had both great food and wine but always love trying new restaurants. Any suggestions?

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  1. I love Hola. The only other place I can recommend is Cafe Madrid (

    Although I hear there's a great tapas place in downtown McKinney. . .

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    1. re: vktp

      Cafe Malaga:

      I had trekked up to McKinney Thursday night and ended up having a late dinner at Cafe Malaga, a Spanish tapas restaurant on the square in downtown McKinney. Amazingly, it's open until midnight (in case you're ever in need of late night sangria). The food was pretty good. I went with couscous, chorizo, and bacon-wrapped dates. The couscous was pleasantly garlicky. The chorizo served as links, cut into pieces, and fried with large chucks of garlic bread. The bread had soaked up a good amount of the oil and bordered on being too much. The bacon-wrapped dates were the high point of the meal, a fantastic marriage of sweet and salty.

    2. I'd recommend Rouge (on Lover's, a little west of Inwood). They have some great tapas, many of Basque origin/influence (I've read that the chef is from the Basque country). I've also been to Americas which is on McKinney - the tapas are pretty good, and they have great drink specials.

      1. Cafe Madrid is very authentic.

        De Tapas in Addison is good too. They are also BYOB.

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        1. re: BellaDonna

          De Tapas has an extensive wine list and sells beer, too. Are you sure it's BYOB?

          1. re: BellaDonna

            I agree that Cafe Madrid is has the most authentic tapas place in Dallas. I particularly like their tortilla espanola, oxtails, Manchego cheese, Sangre de Toro table wine, and sangria.

          2. Rouge is hands down the best I've had here. Don't let the outside fool you.

            1. When was the last time you were at Rouge, ieatdallas? It changed hands about a year ago.

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              1. re: Kirk

                ah - that explains it. I have noticed a decrease in quality the last couple of times. Same dishes, though - and many are still good (if not excellent).