Anyone do the Riverbend "Tapas Crawl" yesterday evening? My friend and I went, overall, so-so, but for $5 a throw, including a short glass of wine, not bad. Best dishes were by Brigsten's, we thought: stuffed piquillo pepper and/or duck terrine. Dante's didn't deliver much size-wise, literally amouse-bouche nuggest portion. A nice idea that with a little tweaking will be better next time, i.e., better-prepared for the crowds that developed.
I didn't go, but it sounds like a great idea. When I read about it in Gambit, I was disappointed that Cafe Granada was not included -- I've had memorably delicious tapas there -- but I suppose Cafe Barcelona wanted the spotlight and I don't begrudge them that. As far as the crowds, I'm not at all surprised. That is, after all, the neighborhood that's outgrown its poor boy festival after just two years in existence.
The Riverbend (where the Tapas Crawl took place) is not the same area where Po-Boy Fest has been held (that's Oak Street).
I went to the Tapas Crawl and echo the sentiments of the OP. I think the restaurants would be better off setting up outside or expanding their bars inside in order to accomodate the crowds. I also think that patrons could be better served if wine/beer is sold separately from food. I know that would defeat the goal of offering an authentix experience, but it would help expedite service.
I do like the idea though and hope they do it again next year.