Over the years, I've dined at the VA and DC locations, but stopped going about 2 years ago because I found the food to be nothing special (as did a number of other reviewers prior to 2013) But things have changed...and definitely for the better!! I found out that the former Executive Chef of Taberna del Alabardero is now in charge of all 5 La Tasca's kitchens--a change that occurred in spring 2013. This time I tried tapas from each menu category. My favorites were tabla de caballa, jamón ibérico, tortilla de patatas, cazuela de setas, pato con ciruelas, and a raw kale salad. The cheese board was yummy, but my personal preference for Manchego is one that has been aged longer to develop a bolder flavor. My least favorite was the coles de bruselas but only because I prefer unbreaded cooked vegetables. I dined between the lunch and dinner rush which was nice because I could converse without speaking loudly.