top of the tapas

tapas tapas tapas…there’s something to be said about the ability to dine on multiple dishes of meat, cheese, potato and seafood paired with a wonderful glass of wine. variety is key, as the point is to taste a little bit of everything.

traditional tapas are of spanish origin with the foods infused with garlic, oil, wine, citrus and tomato. by far the best tapas restaurant in dc is panache, which just opened in june. cozy little booths of bright red velvet surround you as you await your meal. make sure to snack on these fine dishes: i) smoked salmon, tomato and goat cheese, ii) manchego cheese iii) mussels in white wine sauce and iv) tender tender squid.

the concept of tapas being so appealing, other ethicities have picked up on the wave. zaytinya offers a mediteranean flair of greek, lebanese and turkish influences. indique is “indian and unique” by serving up mini-dishes of curries, charcoal-grilled tandoori and veggie specials. and if you’re looking for an asian spin, have no fear, mantis is here, giving you a choice of martinis to go with the tasty treats.

so go, live life! nibble, experiment and enjoy a night of half a dozen small dishes and save room for dessert.

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