Dallas’ Casa Rubia: Tapas in Trinity Groves

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Casa Rubia is a Tapas bar located in Trinity Groves - perfect for a romantic date or afterwork party.
Casa Rubia is a Tapas bar located in Trinity Groves – perfect for a romantic date or afterwork party.

Photo Credit: Trinity Groves

Trinity Groves is located in West Dallas at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and, until just a couple of years ago, it was an area where you didn’t want to get a flat tire. Not so anymore.

Like many areas in Dallas it has been reclaimed and is now a haute destination for North Texans who want cutting edge dining experiences. The jewel in the crown of Trinity Groves, the spot that totally nailed it, is Casa Rubia owned by Chef Omar Flores. This tapas bar consistently turns out unique, mouthwatering, totally droolworthy tapas created from high quality ingredients imported right from Spain. The wine list is all Spanish wines chosen to pair well with the various tapas.

Imported meats, cheeses and other ingredients set Casa Rubia apart.
Imported meats, cheeses and other ingredients set Casa Rubia apart.

Photo Credit: Casa Rubia

Impossibly thin slices of jamón Ibérico, a nutty, rich ham from a black-skinned pig that’s fattened on acorns, is featured on the tasting plate along with sausage, chicken liver mousse, and other delights. Don’t miss the Mejillones en Escabeche, a dish composed of mussels drizzled with refreshing orange and garnished with smoked trout roe. Even the simple Marcona Almonds with Sea Salt, though simple, are exquisite. Each menu item makes you want to order one more thing just to see if it is all really as good as your last bite was.

It is. Just keep in mind that, although the portion sizes at Casa Rubia are more generous that authentic Spanish tapas are, they are not meant to be a full entree.They are snacks, canapés or finger foods of Spanish origin that are intentionally small so that you can order several different things and share plates with friends. You just keep ordering and drinking until you are either too full or too tipsy to order more.

Each dish is more delicious than the last.
Each dish is more delicious than the last.

Photo Credit: Casa Rubia

The desserts are, sadly, not as inspired as the tapas. Consider enjoying an after dinner sherry instead.

The ambiance is as warm and sexy and a sultry summer night. Choose patio seating to get the most out of people watching.

Trinity Groves has been a bit like the kid in high school that just tries too hard to be part of the in crowd. It’s struggled to find its unique voice amongst places like Deep Ellum, Uptown, and Bishop Arts District but Casa Rubia has done a lot to change that perception. Whether you are looking for a romantic spot and a table for two or a place to hang out with friends after work Casa Rubia is definitely your go to spot.

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