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Spanish Tapas accessible to the T?

nleow Jan 11, 2008 12:56 PM

I am in search of good Spanish Tapas which is preferably light-moderate on the hip pocket and accessible withouth having to have a car.

I have been to Tapeo on Newbury St, and I thought the food was okay - but terribly over-priced for what it was.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go please?

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  1. Allstonian Jan 11, 2008 01:01 PM

    Taberna de Haro is right on the C Green line, at St. Mary's Street (first surface stop.)

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      afteryouwho Jan 11, 2008 01:37 PM

      I just googled "Taberna de Haro" and it is indeed the place I've heard of. All the reviews were wonderful, by the way. Please say "hello" to Deborah and Julio for me. Thanks.

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        BackBayGirl Jan 14, 2008 03:16 PM

        I third Taberna. Excellent!

      2. re: Allstonian
        kweesee Jan 14, 2008 06:22 AM

        i second Taberna de Haro

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        Cork Jan 11, 2008 01:20 PM

        I've always liked Tasca - corner Washington and Comm Ave, also right at the T - Menu is bigger, and personally I think, better than Taberna de H - Get the shrimp in sizzling garlic - everyone makes them, but these are really good -

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          Ralphie_in_Boston Jan 14, 2008 05:56 AM

          agree 100% that shrimp in sizzling garlic ("Gambas al ajillo"? I probably got that wrong, but it's called something like that) are fantastic at Tasca. I do like Taberna de Haro (get the "matrimonio" anchovies!) also however, I think they're different enough that they both deserve a visit!

          1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
            kweesee Jan 14, 2008 06:22 AM

            I also second Tasca

            1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
              nleow Jan 15, 2008 04:41 PM

              Mmm my mouth is watering. Definitely going to try these dishes...

            2. re: Cork
              Bob Dobalina Jan 16, 2008 10:28 AM

              I was at Tasca within the last year and thought it had gone really downhill. In contrast, loved the tapas at Taberna. Just curious when your last visit was to Tasca, cause I have been in the past before and thought it was good. Maybe just hit it on a bad night, but I steer people to Taberna or Solea in Waltham.

              1. re: Bob Dobalina
                Cork Jan 18, 2008 03:08 PM

                Admittedly, it has been a while... Hopefully it was just a bad night.

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              bachslunch Jan 11, 2008 03:26 PM

              Toro on Washington Street in the South End is excellent, near the Mass. Ave. stop on the Silver Line.

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                kweesee Jan 14, 2008 06:23 AM

                and I second Toro.
                I would say Taberna is the most casual, Tasca has a live band i think (do they still?), and Toro is trendy as well as authentic, and its by the famous chef ken oringer

                1. re: kweesee
                  Boston Scene Jan 15, 2008 09:27 AM

                  I'm personally a fan of Tapeo, but if you don't find that food a good fit, you might want to venture over to Dali in Sommerville, they have a comparable ownership, but different chefs

                  1. re: Boston Scene
                    heathermb Jan 18, 2008 03:15 PM

                    I think the menus at Tapeo and Dali are almost identical, are they not?

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                      Boston Scene Feb 8, 2008 05:32 AM

                      They do have the same menus, and the same executive chef, but for some reason people tend to favor the food at Dali.

              2. SerendipitouslyNG Jan 15, 2008 04:45 PM

                Tasca is great but the menu is boring and typical. Bar Lola on Comm (and Dartmouth?) has a nice twist on tapas and the atmosphere isn't as stuffy as Tapeo or Tasca. Check out their website for the menu though I believe it changes from time to time... I had my last birthday there and loved every part of it.

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                  cquinn Jan 16, 2008 10:40 AM

                  I second Bar Lola. My friends and I started my last birthday party there and the food was great. The duck and rabbit dishes were lovely. Big menu. Relaxed atmosphere. Good sangria (although they could have been a little better about keeping us stocked with a full pitcher of the stuff). Pleasant waitstaff. Give it a whirl, especially if you're heading out with a big group.

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                  Jardinia Jan 18, 2008 08:27 AM

                  Try Cuchi Cuchi in Central Square, Cambridge. http://www.cuchicuchi.cc/ There is also a new tapas place in Harvard Square in the same location where Iruna used to be (also spanish). Casablanca in Harvard Square also has a tapas menu. The Green Street Grill isn't a tapas place but they have a really nice selection of apps that can be ordered as tapas, and the menu always includes offal and various other interesting options. Last time I was there the offal of the day was a battered pig's ear. Interesting, and very spanish.

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                  1. re: Jardinia
                    hvagt Feb 8, 2008 09:21 PM

                    toro is pretty darn good, you spend alot but i think it's worth it for a fun night out, which is what tapas is all about. get some peeps together and wait in line.

                  2. WilliamTheFoodie Feb 9, 2008 05:02 AM

                    Small Plates, a newer restaurant in Harvard Square, has had some great reviews here and looks cool.

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                    1. re: WilliamTheFoodie
                      litchick Feb 10, 2008 04:11 AM

                      Small Plates *is* terrific, but I don't know that it's particularly Spanish. They don't have the most common Spanish tapas options (shrimp in garlic; octopus; cured meats; etc) -- their offerings tend more toward finely executed American/Continental, with a few Mexican inspired items (roasted jalepeno & corn, etc). Very very tasty, though. And awfully convenient by T.


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