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Feb 3, 2010 08:27 AM

Any good Spanish restaurants?

Besides Cobras and Matadors?

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Manchego on Main st in Santa Monica.

    2. Tapas: Bar Pintxo & La Paella (strangely enough, I would advise AGAINST their paella)

      Progressive Spanish: Bazaar (molecular a la Ferran Adria & decent traditional tapas standards too, and OK but spectacular jamon de bellotas)

      Paella: La Espanola Meats Inc. (a Spanish market - their paella mixta is made on Saturday, available by phone order on Fridays)

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      1. re: J.L.

        Espanola in Harbor City is a great place. They have a nice shaded seating areaand the paella cooking smells heavenly. A top notch Spanish market as well.

        1. re: SeaCook

          I vote nay on La Luna Negra - Horrid.

          1. re: SeaCook

            La Luna Negra is the best Spanish restaurant on the south side of Green St. between De Lacey and Fair Oaks. That's about the best thing that can be said for it.

          2. Bar Celona in Pasadena is our clear favorite for tapas-style dining. The menu was revamped a year or so ago and is substantially improved from what it was a few years back. Much better than the nearby Luna Negra. A close 2nd is probably 3 Drunken Goats in Montrose.

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            1. re: Jack Flash

              Last time I went to Bar Celona was 3 years ago - just awful. I'll have to try it again.

              1. re: J.L.

                Josef Centeno (now at his own Lazy Ox) redid the menu for them. It has been a lot better since then, at least the last few times we've gone.

              2. re: Jack Flash

                Bar Celona was horrible, if you are looking for authentic Spanish food stay away.

              3. Other than Bazaar there haven't really been ANY good Spanish restaurants in LA since Meson G shut down. Some mid level stuff and nothing particularly regional. Maybe pintxo, which is a Catalan place with a Basque name. I get that the Basque tapas bars are popular in Barsa, but I think it was over reaching.

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                1. re: AAQjr

                  Believe it or not, Basque food is big in Madrid too.

                  1. re: J.L.

                    La Paella on San Vicente Blvd. near Cedars is serviceable.

                    1. re: Bria Silbert

                      La Paella makes a nice sangria and many nice tapas dishes, but strangely, their paellas are a soppy mess.