Our family was starting a vacation and looking for a place to eat before we got on the road. I suddenly here was a restaurant in a BP Gas station nearby, so we headed over and went in. As soon as you walk into this BP, you know you are in for a different experince. There are no slim jims, hard boiled eggs in a jar or hot dogs constantly rotating on metal skewer to be found. Instead, you have desserts presented in immaculate glass cases and, instead of slushees or Big Gulps, you have wine. Lots and lots of wine. We entered the restaurant part in the back, decorated with over the top mural and I felt transported to a Bodega in Spain (or Italy), cozy and intimate. We got a table in the back for our family of five, and perused the menu, presented on rolled parchment sheets tied with twine. We sampled many tapas- tortilla espanola, fried calamari with aioli, shrimp with garlic, ceviche, croquettas and chirizo cooked in wine. Since we were driving, we didn't have wine, but apparently the prices are very reasonable and it seems they have a nice wine list, although I didn't check it out. I found all the dishes to be tasty and fresh. I liked the calamari- crispy, crunchy rings served with garlic mayo, although my husband thought it was a little over fried. The tortilla espanola was the standard, potatoes and onions in an omlette, but into a huge wedge. The youngest ordered the cevich-, bright, white fresh tasting fish, in the traditional lemon juice with thinly sliced red onion and cilantro atop and served in a pastry base. She pronounced this tapa as her favorite. The shrimp in garlic was good,served with sliced bread, but I found the chirizo in wine sauce a little bitter tasting. The middle child got croquettas, which she said were good. Although it was quite crowded at lunchtime, service was efficient and we ran into a friend who comes here often for lunch. I asked him what was good on the menu and he said "Everything". All the dishes were thoughtfully and nicely presented. Although my husband had a bit of sticker shock with the bill- $100 for lunch for five of us, we had ordered 8 tapas, plus sodas, so I didn't think it was that bad for a delightful meal that got us off to a good start for our vacation. Next time, I will try some wine and leave room for dessert. And the best part is you can fill up after you fill up!
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