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2013 Winter Restaurant Guide: Tapas/ Spanish 

Tapas/ Spanish

720 Dublin St., (504) 861-9696
Bombas are balls of spicy shredded chicken and mashed potatoes coated with panko and fried. Paella Valencia mixes fresh vegetables, chicken, smoked sausage, shrimp, calamari, sea scallops and fresh black mussels in saffron bomba rice. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

3700 Magazine St., (504) 895-2225;
Tiradito de Solomillo is Peruvian-style beef carpaccio with pepper sauce, avocado puree, pickled vegetables, choclo (roasted corn), balsamic reduction and oyster mousse. Cheese and olive plates come with grilled ciabatta, guava paste, grapes and assorted pickles. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

914 N. Peters St., (504) 585-1339;
Seared scallops are served over a potato cake with asparagus and topped with sauteed mushrooms, Serrano ham, mint-pea pesto and beurre blanc. Paella de Mariscos features saffron Arborio rice cooked with mussels, shrimp, clams, calamari and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

3312 Esplanade Ave., (504) 488-6946;
Popular dishes at Lola's include garlic Brussels sprouts and seafood paella, a saffron rice dish featuring scallops, calamari, mussels and shrimp. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868;
The empanadas are filled with a mixture of ground beef, golden raisins, olives, pepper and garlic and served with roasted red pepper aioli. Mushroom manchego toast features sherry-braised mushrooms and melted manchego cheese on toast. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

8118 Oak St., (504) 302-1485;
Hanger steak bruschetta features baby shiitake mushrooms, salsa verde and shaved manchego cheese. Gulf shrimp tacos include house-made corn tortillas, pickled vegetables, avocado and lime crema. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3226 Magazine St., (504) 371-5809;
Italian flatbread features Genoa salami, olives, roasted red peppers, provolone cheese and olive oil. Roasted chicken is stuffed with boursin and mascarpone cheese, basil and sun-dried tomatoes and topped with sherry cream and crisp spinach. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1327 St. Charles Ave., (504) 304-9915
Pasta del mariscos features bucatini, mussels, clams, Louisiana blue crab and crawfish in a saffron, tomato and white wine broth. Grilled hanger steak comes with wilted yuca fries and red wine-mushroom reduction. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

2051 Metairie Road, (504) 836-2007;
Small plates here include conchas de peregrine: seared jumbo diver scallops on Israeli couscous with mango-jalapeno butter. Spicy patatas bravas are fried potatoes with garlic aioli. Bocaditos de pato are sliders filled with duck confit and manchego cheese. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

610 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-8000;
Red pepper jelly with goat cheese is one of the most popular items of the menu. The three dip plate includes hummus, tapenade and bruschetta. No Reservations. Lunch and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


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