I happened upon this place using the Urban Spoon app on my phone; it was one of the highest rated restaurants in Providence, RI. Having heard that Providence is somewhat of a secret foodie town, I had to try it.
I was not disappointed.
I bought a bottle of '04 Valdemar Rioja at the wine shop next door, which as it turns out has an interesting and eclectic selection of wines at very reasonable prices. I took this bottle next door to Flan Y Ajo, and proceeded to overdose on good tapas.
Having spent some time in Spain and enjoyed the amazing food that country has to offer, my standards were pretty high as I walked in. It doesn't seem much like a classic Spanish place, as it's staffed completely by college students (or non-students of the same age range), but then again, many of the best places I ate in Valencia were staffed by kids that age too. The menu, however, was straight out of Spain. Gambas al Ajillo? Excellent. Just wait until they cool down to eat them by hand. Pan con tomate? Amazing, but with some good cabra cheese, it's like some sort of drug. I actually ordered it twice. Yes, in the same night. It was that kind of good. The pintxos de jamon iberico was as good as any I had in Spain. It actually felt like someone took a tapas restaurant out of Madrid and plopped it down in the middle of Providence. Which, judging from their website, is pretty much what happened.
Here's the deal: If you like Spanish food, or just good food and might like it Spanish, and you're in Providence, go here. Period. But go early; there's not a lot of room, and like their sign says, "no, we don't have more seats". Then again, they also have a sign that says "no [--]", but that failed to keep me out.
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