September 15, 2009

Esperpento Tapas Restaurant in the Mission

Tapas is one of my favorite styles of food to eat and share. There are several fabulous tapas restaurants in San Francisco including Alegrias on Lombard Street, Zarzula in Russian Hill, and Lolo in the Mission. But this blog is about Esperpento, also located in the Mission.

On 22nd Street, Esperpento Tapas Restaurant is a vibrant and welcoming cafe reminiscent of another continent. My husband and I have enjoyed dinner here numerous times. This is a comforting neighborhood restaurant serves wonderful tapas and sangria at a very reasonable price.

On our more recent visit I ordered the queso manchego, espinacas con bechamel, and alcachofas a la plancha (grilled artichokes with garlic & parsley). Jonathan ordered boquerones fritos, calamares a la plancha, and chorizo. As always, all the food was fantastic! The spinach with bechamel sauce is one of my favorite tapas dishes at Esperpento. It is a creamy, rich, and comforting dish. The cheese was excellent, Jonathan enjoyed his meat and seafood dishes, and the grilled artichokes were so good we got a second order. To accompany our food we ordered the house-made sangria. We finished our meal by sharing a flan – which is rich, creamy, and perfect! Some other tapas I have tried and enjoyed on previous visits to Esperpento are the tortilla de patata (potato omelet), patatas bravas (spicy potatos), champinones al ajillo (sauted mushrooms), and ensalada de pimientos rojos (roasted red peppers).

I look forward to going to Esperpento Tapas Restaurant again soon!

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