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Authenic Spanish/tapas

sooze Nov 27, 2013 05:47 PM

Looking for authenic Spanish/Catalan/Basque restaurants in DC/NoVa area with local Spanish wine lists and at least some atmosphere. Don't let me down!

  1. c oliver Nov 27, 2013 06:04 PM

    We ate at Bodega in Georgetown a few years ago when visiting DC and loved their tapas.


    Here's my little write up. Atmosphere is as good as the food!


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      Steve Nov 27, 2013 06:58 PM

      Jaleo. Chef Jose Andres. Go to the Crystal City location in Arlington. I like the mini-hamburguesa, quail with rosemary, spinach with raisins, patatas bravas, beet salad with citrus, baby wrinkled potatoes, tortilla al moment, cod fritters.

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        Elyssa Nov 28, 2013 09:44 AM

        There are a couple of options in DC. I think the best (especially with the most atmosphere) is Jaleo (I like the original Gallery Place location) or Estadio. Taberna del Alabardero is also very, very authentic but quite expensive. The best deal in Monday-Friday when they have their 1/2 off tapas and sangria deal.

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        1. re: Elyssa
          sooze Nov 28, 2013 06:14 PM

          I just looked at Jaleo's website and it looks like the place to be. Great wine list too. Thanks so much to you and Steve for recommending it. Seems like I had seen a write-up about them a couple of years ago too.

          1. re: Elyssa
            Steve Nov 28, 2013 11:16 PM

            The DC location does not serve the mini-hamburguesa, which is one of his stand-out new menu items. Made fro iberico ham. If the OP has a choice, the Crystal City location is less hectic and noisy.

            1. re: Elyssa
              hill food Dec 1, 2013 01:32 AM

              Taberna del Alabardero is quite authentic, but to the point of being, ummm, let's say too authentic. it's quite good, but not at all adventurous.

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