The Food from Spain Lands Mainly in My Belly

I’ve been trying to meet a friend for lunch at Spain for the better part of a year. Factors so far have conspired against us, so last night my better half and I grabbed take out from them in the interest of finally seeing what all the fuss is about. I lack the culinary descriptive abilities of eecue, so suffice it to say HOLYDAMNCRAPTHISISGOOD. We over ordered by a long shot, sharing an order of shrimp in spicy sauce with Spanish rice, an egg and vegetable tortilla (which is essentially an omlette), two empanadas and a slice of flan/bread pudding combination. Add in the included bread and side salad and we had way too much food. Not everything was knock-your-socks-off great, but the shrimp and rice and tortilla were all-killer, no-filler. The flan/bread pudding was probably the least satisfying of the bunch, only because the flan part of the equation was a little bland. I’m not a huge flan fan anyway, so my judgement may not be the best.

Now, I’ve never been to Spain, nor have I really eaten a lot of Spanish food. So those of you that are looking for some kind of perfectly authentic Spanish experience may be disappointed. I just don’t know, and frankly I don’t really care. Whatever it is I loved it. There’s also a small deli that carries a varity of Spanish and (I think) Argentenian imported packaged food. If you’re looking to eat in, they do have tables and waiter service, but bear in mind that it’s a small place in a strip mall. If ambiance is your priority, you should probably head elsewhere.

3 Replies to “The Food from Spain Lands Mainly in My Belly”

  1. About time you guys made it over there! Next time, stop on up the hill for a drink after. And try the chicken with spicy sauce (pollo enceballado) and also the marinated olives. Yum!

  2. Hmm, never heard of this place, will have to check it out.

    I was big into Spanish cooking (me doing the cooking, that is) a few years back. I got most of my ingredients from La Espa√±ola Meat Co. in Harbor City. Every Saturday for lunch they make a very good paella (call ahead). And the owners are the nicest people you’ll ever meet – I walked in on them when they were closed and talking with a client from DC, and not only did they invite me in and let me buy stuff, they invited me to sit down with them and have tapas and wine and chat for 3 hours.

    If people want ambiance, there’s always La Paella, but it’s pricier.

  3. I was big into Spanish cooking (me doing the cooking, that is) a few years back. I got most of my ingredients from La Espa√±ola Meat Co. in Harbor City. Every Saturday for lunch they make a very good paella (call ahead). And the owners are the nicest people you’ll ever meet – I walked in on them when they were closed and talking with a client from DC, and not only did they invite me in and let me buy stuff, they invited me to sit down with them and have tapas and wine and chat for 3 hours.

    If people want ambiance, there’s always La Paella, but it’s pricier.

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