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Jul 10, 2011 02:22 PM

Tapas for daughter's birthday?

My daughter loves tapas (her favorite is Jaleo in DC) and I would like to take her to the best tapas in Boston/Cambridge area for her birthday in 2 weeks. Would love your thoughts. I don't see much said on this board about Dali in Somerville, is that still good? Thanks.

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  1. i haven't been to Dali in a while. I prefer Estragon and recommend it.

    1. consider Toro in the South End as well as Taberno del Haro In Brookline, in additon to Estragon.

      I love tapas and would not recommend Dali. If your daugher likes Middle Eastern/turkish flavors as well as Spanish tatses, consider Oleana in Cambridge...look at the menu.

      1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

      1. Dali doesn't get much love on this board, though I like it fine.

        If you go, it's a great place to try game in a low-risk way (braises, bacon-wrapped little birds). I like the chicken croquettes (and I avoid chicken most everywhere), the blue cheese lomo of pork (usually overdone but who cares, it's thin and slathered with bleu), and as a don't-miss-it, the queso rebozado con miel (fried goat cheese with honey).

        After dinner, try Crema de Alba, a "coffee flavored" liqueur that tastes like bananas to me, and I adore.

        Many around here say it's not a good deal for the money.

        1. bb, how old is your daughter> does she like fun/lively/entertaining type place, or quiet?

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          1. re: opinionatedchef

            Typical soon to be 25 yr. old. Likes classy places but also fun/lively/entertaining too.

            1. re: bakerboyz

              Cuchi Cuchi is very cute and fun. By the Dali and Tapeo folks.

              Cuchi Cuchi
              795 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          2. I'd also suggest Solea in Waltham. It's roomier and less intimate than Dali, but I think they've got a wider selection. It may not be the "best" tapas in town (not sure what that would be), but I've always had a great time there, the service is friendly and helpful, and the food's delicious.