Best Tapas - 2011
The romantic, cozy booths at El Meson might seem to encourage intimate one-on-one dining, but the menu of hearty tapas means you should move over and squeeze a few more people into your space. These Spanish snacks are meant to be shared with friends, starting with the decadent crusted baked Brie, complete with an apple cider-apricot sauce for extra tanginess. The Plato Iberico will transport you to the coast of Spain with a traditional assortment of olives and native meats along with slices of Manchego, the country's buttery sheep's-milk cheese. And if we can consider El Meson's epic sangria as part of its tapas offerings, well, game on. Fresh fruit swims in cold red wine, and since you can order it by the carafe it's easy to share with a whole table—just like the tapas.