Craving: Tapas

Nothing says summertime like tapas - small flavorful samplings of all sorts. While we recognize that technically, tapas are from Spain and some of these local establishments have food from around the globe, we’re here to celebrate the small, shared plate. Here’s the roundup of our favorite three this month:

Cuchi Cuchi: The flamboyant Cambridge mainstay right between Central and Kendall Squares is always fun for a glamorous or silly night out. Go for their “straight up” international dishes and stay for the wild assortment of delicious cocktails - many also available virgin if you’re the designated driver. Servers in colorful garb strut around like characters in a mobster movie, and if you check their website, you might catch an evening tarot card reading to accompany your dinner.

Dali: Technically the sister restaurant of Cuchi Cuchi, we put both locales on the list because both inspire such festive creativity and fun. Dali focuses on Spanish tapas and wine in a romantic setting best for group outings with friends or an intimate date night. Dali prices are more reasonable than most, and like Cuchi Cuchi, Dali also features the artwork of local artist Mark Steel.

Tasca: Last but not least, this Brighton gem sits right off the T, making it a perfect late night spot if you decide to have a few extra drinks. Featuring more expensive main dishes with a large small plate menu, Tasca is probably the best introduction to tapas in town. Not overwhelmingly kitschy, the place is warm and inviting. Tasca also features flamenco dancing - check their calendar for the next evening of rhythmic steps.

Cuchi Cuchi [Official Site]
Dali [Official Site]
Tasca [Official Site]

[Photo: blogefl/Flickr]


Craving: Tapas