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Apr 14, 2008 05:19 PM


I'm headed there this week for happy hour. We'll probably get a few tapas with our drinks. I'm looking for recommendations that are more along the lines of chicken, veggie or seafood types. I'd like to avoid the greasy/cheesy sorts.

Also, would you rate the food--quality/taste--better here or Zaytinya?

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  1. I went there once and was very underwhelmed; though, this is probably because we got paella and it was ter-ri-ble. The few tapas plates we did get ranged from average to very good so if you're just going for happy hour I'd say you won't get too disappointed. Just stay away from the Sangria.

    1. Zaytinya, no question!!! I like the food better and it is more consistent. Consistency and service are my two big issues w/Jaleo but I do make an occasional night of sangrias and tapas at Jaleo. They have a wonder salad of apples and manchego cheese that it really good and refreshing and I always get an order of the patatas bravas. In terms of seafood (my favorite thing), I always get the scallops, seared salmon (sometimes they overcook this but when they do it right, it is really tasty), and whatever anchovy dish they are doing.

      In terms of Sangria, I don't agree with WestN. I don't think it is nearly that bad...maybe it is because I always go for the white sangria, which has berries and mint.

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      1. re: JAC13

        Totally agree on the apple and manchego salad. I like the grilled asparagus too.

        1. re: JAC13

          I really enjoy the white sangria too! I prefer Zaytinya, as well, but I really only go there when it is nice and I can sit outside. I am more of a heavy tapas type of girl though so I doubt the things I like would be what you want, except that the Chickpea stew is good, and I really like the monkfish and spinach, but I am a big monkfish fan.

        2. Jaleo used to offer three or four fantastic ceviche choices, but these options aren't appearing on their on-line menu now. That may not mean anything. Jaleo always has a section of the menu that lists temporary tapas options.

          1. Overall I prefer Zaytinya- get the shrimp with the shallots and lemon...amazing!!!! mop the sauce up with the bread.

            I also went to Jaleo last week for lunch and was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it- the last couple times I have been a little dissappointed. They have a garlic shrimp that it amazing, as are the roasted red peppers stuffed with goat cheese and seared scallops. Drink-wise- I think I would prefer the white sangria at Jaleo with the berries and mint. Zaytinya's special drinks don't thrill me but the bar area is really nice. Enjoy!

            1. Marinated anchovies with lemon. Nothing like the salty junk you used to get on pizza.