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Tapas/Spanish

BARCELONA TAPAS 720 Dublin St., 861-9696 Choose from 50 tapas dishes, paella or a small selection of entrees at this casual cafe. For tapas, try the balsamic tomato mozzarella salad or grilled calamari. The pork tenderloin canoe features a slice of tenderloin, roasted pepper and melted Gouda on a French baguette. Cold tapas include ceviche, aged serrano ham and cheese plates. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $$$

CAFE GRANADA 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612; www.cafegranadanola.com Cafe Granada offers an array of tapas dishes, including sauteed calamari, grilled chorizo with fries, clams Catalan and many vegetarian options. Entree dishes include a 6-oz. filet with potatoes and asparagus, and big pans of paella. The cafe serves Spanish-style sandwiches at lunch. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALVEZ RESTAURANT 914 N. Peters St., 595-3400; www.galvezrestaurant.com Tastes of the Spanish seaside and an unmatched vista of the Mississippi River are dual draws at Galvez. The restaurant offers traditional tapas, steaks and seafood dishes, including a quartet of paellas. Spanish seafood bouillabaisse is made with clams, mussels, scallops, seasonal fish, shrimp and calamari in a savory seafood and tomato broth. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LOLA'S 3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946; www.lolasneworleans.com Lola's carves out a small slice of Spain in Bayou St. John. Crabmeat tropical features crabmeat tossed with alioli and served over avocado. A whole rack of lamb is marinated in romesco sauce, grilled and served with Gorgonzola sauce. Seafood paella is cooked with saffron rice, shrimp, fish, calamari, scallops, mussels, garlic and vegetables. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY 2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.myspace.com/mimisinthemarigny Mimi's Spanish-influenced tapas take bar food to new heights. Where else are goat cheese croquettas or salmon canapes available at 2 a.m.? Calamari with chorizo in cream sauce comes with grilled bread. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

RAMBLA 217 Camp St., 587-7720; www.ramblanola.com Find contemporary European fare at this tapas restaurant in the International House Hotel. The menage a foie (or "foie gras three-way") features a foie gras lollipop and foie gras cotton candy. Serrano ham and farmers cheese complement spiced red wine-poached pears. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SALU 3226 Magazine St., 371-5809; www.salurestaurant.com The eclectic small plates menu at Salu finds inspiration from the far reaches of the globe. Smashed avocado, salsa fresca and creme fraiche top duck and Manchego flautas. Barbecue pulled pork is served on corn fritter cakes with cilantro and red onion salad, and grilled lamb lollipops come with roasted red pepper and fava bean hummus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VEGA TAPAS CAFE 2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com Cold tapas include butter poached lobster on top of avocado and tomato with a grapefruit vinaigrette and carpaccio of marinated giant octopus with sweet tomato confit. For warm dishes, try smoked duck sausage with Gruyere mac and cheese and a roasted winter vegetable and leek tart with mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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