We love our tapas, and probably a bit disappointed that the term is becoming a bit diluted with the use for anything small. Small plates does not equal tapas. Tapas are these marvelous plated dishes from Spain and basically snacks and appetizers. Since dinner can be served as late as midnight in this country, you might find yourself bar hopping and sampling a few items from probably a dozen different tapas the bar has on hand that evening.
Most likely you will be served several styles of olives, breads, a bit of slow cooked beef, battered squid, sausages or a tortilla de patatas . Actually the more you drink the better the tapas become.
The tortilla can actually come in several varieties; the most common is basically a frittata with potatoes. However, the tortillas could have vegetables or chorizo. This would be called a tortilla paisana.
Another fantastic tapas dish is the polbo á feira which is cooked octopus in olive oil, served with a smattering of paprika for good measure.
Our absolute favorite tapas restaurant in Dallas is Si Tapas, which is very close to State and Allen near Uptown. Walking in the restaurant you magically transport to Spain, or at least feel like you have. No passport required. The menu is quite extensive, and they have a terrific Spanish wine list as well as sangrias.
Other favorites are the grilled octopus and the veal sweet bread, as are the quail and the sauted Brussels sprouts.
Recently we spotted a food truck bearing the name Si Tapas, and they are related. We are not much on the food truck scene, there are only a handful of trucks worthwhile, but you can bet the Si truck kicks it pretty well if their restaurant is a beacon.