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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.

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      Toro
      1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

      Oleana
      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.

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              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.