“Great tapas place, authentic atmosphere. Buy your wine next door”
I have long been a fan of tapas and am always willing to check out these dining establishments offering tapas when given a chance. This liking grew exponentially after having visited Andalucia over 10 years ago. In Chicagoland we have eaten at various establishments over the years in the city (Emilio's) and the suburbs (Emilio's, Meson Sabika) . We checked out Barcelona in Stamford CT. last year. That turned out to be prophetic because we did visit Barcelona, Catalunya just a few months ago.
Flan y Ajo reminded me of tapas bars in Andalucia catering to locals where there was little or no seating and you stood at the bar counter or outside at tall tables. We dined on a weekend evening. The place was packed and customers spilled out onto the street. It was mostly standing room inside. Outside there were a couple of small tables with chairs right in front of the window as well as several large barrels at which people stood using them as tables.
We initially stood at the counter that ran along the sidewall of the restaurant, then got a couple of seats by the window. The kitchen is small with a good selection of tapas but by no means extensive or exhaustive. There is a menu written in chalk on a blackboard; when they ran out of duck egg, the "huevos al pato" they simply scratched through the item on the board. What tapas they do have they seem to do very well. We sampled the patatas bravas, txistorra (charred spicy sausage), boquerones (anchovies), gambas al ajillo, lomito (pork tenderloin) and mejillones al vino blanco (local mussels). Even with taxes that came out just under $40. Remember, however, that this does not include alcholic beverages. We bought a bottle of garnacha next door at Eno Fine Wines to enjoy the tapas with.
As mentioned by another reviewer it can get loud inside and it was not very conducive to conversation; If this is important try to score one of the tables or barrels outside. It might be hard to accommodate larger groups on weekend evenings but weekdays may be better. I would not bring small children on weekend nights. As much as I loved the ambiance as being reminiscent of being on the Iberian peninsula I do not think this is the place for a "special occasion" as is queried on the TA review format. This is not the place for an intimate one-on-one or a romantic tête-à-tête.
If none of the above apply and you like or love tapas definitely give this place a try. Even if you have never had tapas before check it out.
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