Tapeo, Back Bay, Boston

Tapeo, located on Newbury Street, now offers $5 tapas all day at the bar and the more expensive tapas, normally over $10 are $7.50. The last time we ate at Tapeo, we had the paella for $30 (BMH Chicken Paella recipe) and it did not disappoint. The rice was perfectly cooked, it had tremendous flavor and a nice crust at the bottom.

Tapeo also has a nice version of patatas bravas, potatoes with piquant tomato and alioi for $6.50. The best bravas we have ever eaten was at La Taverne del Clinic, Barcelona. Those can not be beaten but for patatas bravas on this side of the Atlantic, these ones aren’t bad!

With the bar specials clearly promoted, the bar is mostly full and seated with folks enjoying glasses of wine, sangria and a few small plates. The “jamon” hanging from the bar, red drapery and blue tiling sets the Spanish tone. It does not hurt that the two striking bartenders, periodically speak Spanish amongst themselves and with Spanish-speaking patrons.

I tried the Cava Sangria for $8.00. It was refreshing, not overly sweet and I thoroughly enjoyed the bubbles.

The savory beef filled empanadas for $9.50 were delicious. (BMH recipe for Empanadas: Pizza, Beef and Habanero Cheddar, Spinach and Feta and Nutella). The flaky dough and warm mushroom and beef filling had nice  well-rounded flavor.

The Queso Con Miel, Goat Cheese with Honey & Sweet Onion for $9.50 was the best tapas we tried that day. Warmed goat cheese coated in a nice crust and a wonderful combination with the sweetness and savory flavors.

Our bartender suggested to try the Lomito al Cabrales, thinly sliced Pork Tenderloin with melted Blue Goat Cheese and Mushrooms for $11.50. The blue goat cheese was strong, pungent, creamy and great with the earthy mushrooms and tender pork. We really enjoyed this dish.

The $5 and $7.50 priced tapas enables a better sampling of Tapeo’s small plates and we will be returning. Next time, we will order the Queso de Cabra Montañes, Baked Goat Cheese with Tomato & Basil for $9.50 and the Vieiras al Azafrán, Scallops in Saffron Cream for $9.50.

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