If you’re like us, you like variety in your meals. It’s guaranteed that you’ll want to try more than one thing when you dine at one of these haute tapas-friendly eateries. Quality, not quantity, will be your new catchphrase, we promise.
Suzanne Goin is a master of understatement. Her dishes are artfully delicious, from her Spanish fried chicken with romesco aïoli and chili-cumin butter to her tuna meatballs with spiced tomato sauce and kumquats. You can't go wrong when everything she prepares is so, so right.
The Bazaar by José Andrés
Seeking innovative bite-sized fare in a stunning setting? José Andrés is the place for you. His whimsical menu features foie gras lollipops wrapped in cotton candy, jicama wrapped guacamolé and caviar cones are some of the best tapas you'll be likely to have anywhere.
Fig & Olive
After sampling the Mediterranean-inspired tapas at chef Pascal Lorange's West Hollywood eatery, you might just feel like you're on a Roman holiday. There are nine types of crostini (our favorite has manchego, fig and Marcona almonds), as well delightful truffle mushroom croquettes as well as a variety of mixed cheeses and olives. Mamma mia!
Manhattan Beach Post
How much do we love the 'tapas' at David LeFevre's Manhattan Beach hot spot, the M.B. post? Let us count the ways. We love it for the fleur salt pretzel with horseradish mustard, for the roasted Brussels sprouts with sage and hazelnuts, for the pomegranate couscous with lavendar feta, and for the seared diver scallops with bacon butter. Oh heck, who are we kidding? We just love everything on the menu.
K'Ya Bistro Bar
For the best small plates in the O.C., K'Ya Bistro Bar is your best bet. The menu is wide and varied, full of delicacies like the delectable truffle parmesan fries with pesto aioli to bacon wrapped dates and wild Hawaiian ahi poke. As an added bonus, if you're too full to drive home after gorging on one of the dozen dishes you'll be certain to eat, you can book a room at the Casa del Camino hotel, which houses this haute eatery.