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your favorite tapas bar

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hello

i'm finally back in los angeles. I want to go to several tapas bars in Santa Monica, West los Angeles in the next few days. What do you recommend? I'd love, of course, memorable unique food, fun ambience and a memorable
experience to write about in my food column.

thank you,

laurel

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  1. The hottest place for tapas in L.A. right now is The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS in Beverly Hills. Perhaps not the most traditional because of the heavy molecular gastronomy influences, still an awesome experience for someone familiar with Spanish tapas. I am so in love with his assortment of jamon serrano, philly cheesesteak, seared scallops, and flan. The cocktails from the bar are also superb...if your order the caprihinia, you'll be in for a great show!

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    The Bazaar by José Andrés
    465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    1. re: attran99

      I just had an excellent meal at The Bazaar. Your comment about the cocktails reminds me that I loved my nitro-caiprinha. It's prepared tableside with liquid nitrogen that freezes the cocktail without ice, creating an incredibly velvety gelato-like consistency.

    2. Manchego on Main in Santa Monica has pretty tasty traditional fare...their jamon wrapped dates and tortilla con chorizo are very good as well as their Spanish cheese selection (Idiazabal, Iberico, etc.). Note of caution though there are less than 10 tables and it fills up pretty quickly. They do not have wine but it is a blessing in disguise because you can bring your own bottle and enjoy with no corkage fee.

      http://www.manchegoonmain.com/

      EAT EXPERIENCE ENJOY!

        1. re: sarcasmsk

          I like Bar Pintxo. I'm not a huge Tapas fan so I can't really compare it to others, but I enjoy going in for their Happy Hour (4-6pm daily) after an afternoon stroll along the beach/pier/promenade.

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          Bar Pintxo
          109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401