Flamenco at Tapeo

I was surprised to discover – when I checked our archives – that I had never written about my visits to Tapeo, just its impending opening. My darling girlfriend and I have been there at least three times in the year since they’ve opened and have identified several dishes we particularly like. The sopa de ajo – garlic soup – is excellent, with a taste of cream and potato in the front of your mouth and a strong but smooth garlic taste on the back of the tongue as you swallow. The ensalada manchego has a good dressing and a nice mixture of textures, the calamari is not breaded and always done to a good texture, and of the various meats we’re particularly enamored of the pollo de ajillo (clearly nobody wants to be within a dozen paces of our breath after our meals there) and the puntas de solomillo.

When the weather is nice there’s a good assortment of seating outside and unlike a few other area restaurants I’ve never felt like the attentiveness suffered from being out there. Inside, on the other hand, there’s flamenco on certain nights. This weekend was the first time we had opportunity to be there when it was happening and I managed to grab a few clips which I have strung together here.

Tapeo at Pentagon Row
1301 S Joyce St,
Arlington, Virginia 22202

4 Comments so far

  1. darpino (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    This is the flamenco group that performed at my wedding! They are great.

  2. Michael Perez (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

    That’s me, Michael Perez, on guitar but everyone calls me Miguelito. The dancers are Ginette Perea and Samantha Zerpa. The flamenco shows are every Saturday night around 8:00pm and 9:00pm.

    On Fridays, Tapeo also features Sevillanas dancing but with recorded music.

    My favorite dish on the menu is the paella, and trust me on this: I’ve been to all the Spanish restaurants in DC and this place has the best–the rice is flavorful not bland.

    Call 703-416-6431 to make your reservations and be sure to ask for a table by the stage.

  3. Ramui (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    A flamingo is a bird, pink, with long, stick-like legs; frequently found in tropical climes and Miami Vice opening credits.

    A Flamenco is a dance / music.

    I don’t know what a flaminco is. Some sort of hybrid?

  4. Don (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    Whoops! I know better (I can prove it! Look in the body of the post!) but missed that typo. Thanks for the editorial service, Ramui – fixed!

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