June 15, 2012

More Tapas in the District!

As you may have guessed, Spanish tapas and cuisine is one of my favorite types of food. For a while after I moved here to Washington, DC I was searching - unsuccessfully - for a tapas restaurant I liked. Then I found my favorite Spanish restaurant outside of Spain, Taberna Del Alabardero and felt more at home. Now, another good option for tapas has arrived on the scene.

Located just south of Dupont Circle, Boqueria, is the new sibling to the New York City restaurants of the same name. Inside is modern and fashionable with a vibrant atmosphere. It is a fun restaurant - a great place to go for wine and tapas with friends. The food is very good, but not enough to replace Taberna Del Alabardero as my favorite Spanish restaurant in the district (and possibly west of the Atlantic Ocean). Since it opened a few months ago I have eaten at Boqueria a few times and had the opportunity to try several of their tapas. So far I have tried the gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp, espinacas a la Catalana (spinach), salteado de setas (sauteed mushrooms), and pimientos de padrón (roasted peppers with sea salt). The peppers were by far my favorite. Served warm with sea salt they are a simple but delicious dish. They have a fairly short, but well-rounded list of wines from different regions of Spain. While the wines I've tried have been good none of them have been very memorable.

Gambas al Ajillo

Pimientos de Padrón

But now it's time to talk about my favorite thing about Boqueria - churros con chocolate! The churros are warm, coated in cinnamon and sugar, and delicious! And they are served with a wonderfully thick hot chocolate for dipping. Definitely a perfect way to end a meal!

Churros con Chocolate

Boqueria is a great place to enjoy tapas and a glass of wine with friends - and don’t forget to share some churros for dessert!