Why You Might be Disappointed with Tapas-Style Restaurants


By: Kayla Brown


Traditionally described as a variety of small Spanish dishes made to share, tapas style restaurants have been popping up all over the United States, providing guests with several courses of smaller portioned servings made to share. Though the servings are small, you are able to indulge in an array of delicious flavors. Tapas cuisine is intended to encourage conversation – and when living in a world where cell phones tend to take over meal time, this restaurant trend may be a positive change for our technology obsessed culture.


Many have criticized tapas-style restaurants for being unable to fill you up or serving too small of dishes to split well amongst big groups. Most people leave frustrated – we’re not used to eating delicious meals and then feeling as though we don’t need to loosen a pant button when we’re done.


The key to a great tapas experience is understanding what you’re meant to get out of a tapas-style restaurant for the first time. In Spain, tapas are small snacks or appetizers eaten with a couple of drinks, and are meant to hold you over until dinnertime, which typically begins around 10 p.m. or later. In the United States, people are used to strict three meals a day, where you should receive as much food in one sitting as possible. In America, tapas has become dinner, and it’s easy to see why someone may not enjoy that.


So instead of trying out tapas for dinner when you’re starving and looking for a hearty meal, go out for a light lunch with co-workers, friends or family.  Tapas-style restaurants are a great option for those who enjoy authentic Hispanic food and appreciate a good conversation.  

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