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Best Tapas in DFW

shannydiva Apr 21, 2008 03:15 PM

Hi All,

Can anyone recommend any good Tapas places in the DFW area. We love Cafe Malaga in McKinney (the absolute best Bacon-Wrapped Dates and Garlic Shrimp Tapas). We also like De Tapas in Addison (Great Sangria, but not a big squid or smelt eater). I have heard that the Tapas Bar in Uptown is great (Sangria De Tapas? I believe they are also building a new location at the Shops at Legacy in Plano). Can anyone recommend any places with great tapas or fantastic paella in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area? Thanks

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    bdunk11 Apr 21, 2008 05:43 PM

    We've always loved Hola off of Mckinney. It always delivers a consistant great time.

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      dalaimama Apr 21, 2008 05:47 PM

      I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Hola closed several weeks ago. Landlord problems and parking problems.

    2. vktp Apr 21, 2008 06:05 PM

      In the absence of Hola, the best tapas now is Cafe Madrid.

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        freelisa Apr 21, 2008 08:03 PM

        Cafe Madrid on Travis is the way to go.

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          adkim Apr 22, 2008 08:46 AM

          I was at Cafe Madrid this past Saturday and was repulsed at some of the items I had. I understand they have a loyal customer base, but as far as the food goes, it just wasn't that good. Did i get the wrong items? Can anyone tell me what the "must try" dishes are? The rundown of what we had:

          Saffron Rice: It was crunchy and dry.

          Potato Omlet: Mleh. It was alright. Not good, not bad. Hola's version was on a different level.

          Sweetbreads w/ lemon & capers: The highlight of the evening. Great sauce. Zesty, salty.

          Sauteed spinach w/ pine nuts: Just a bit under seasoned. A few sprinkles of salt was all it needed.

          Lamb skewer: Tough. Dry.

          Braised Quail: It was hard to comprehend how the quail was so dry. So chewy. Very little meat. Almost tasted rancid.

          Bread: They charge for freakin' bread...and it wasn't even good.

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            pizzaQTpie Apr 23, 2008 04:25 PM

            Oh no! That does not sound like a good experience. So sad to hear that. I have been wondering about it since they opened the second location in The Bishop Arts District too. One thing for sure is that their bread has always been bad since the day they opened. However, some of the items we've enjoyed when we have dined there are...
            Spanish Potato Omelet ( i wish i could remember Hola's version)
            Marinated Octopus
            Goat Cheese stuffed sweet red peppers
            Fried Goat cheese with honey
            Mushrooms with Manchego
            Grilled Marinated Chicken and Pork
            Seafood 'cannelloni' when they have it
            Chefs specials were always great too.
            Then of course the simple items such as the cheeses, serrano ham, and marinated Olives.
            I have been needing to go back there, since it has been awhile.

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          pizzaQTpie Apr 22, 2008 08:38 AM

          Sangria is good too, which is in that same area, but much more expensive. Cafe Madrid has always been great in food, service, and prices. However, I am sad to hear about Hola - it was in such a cute space too.

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            BradT Apr 22, 2008 06:02 PM

            Definitely try Sangria. We love it. It's a little more expensive than Cafe Madrid but infinitely higher quality and better food.

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