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Mar 29, 2012

Feed Me Señor

New restaurants with a decidedly Spanish slant

A taste of Spain is just a bite away at these recently opened eateries. Jamón ibérico, patatas bravas, boquerones – olé.

CHICAGO: Tavernita

Med-Latin resto meets sexy lounge at Tavernita. The Sandoval brothers have opened a space that exudes a rustic glamour, with a copper tin ceiling, a backlit tequila bottle ‘mural’, and large communal banquettes.

Indulge in croquetas and pimientos de padron from the sharing menu then move on to cocktails in the Barcito lounge area. 151 W. Erie, 312-274-1111.

LOS ANGELES: Pigg

Part of the high-concept dining hall known as UMAMIcatessen, Pigg serves exactly what you think it would. Take your pick from 17 different kinds of ham, including best-in-class Jamón ibérico de Bellota (because only acorn-fed porkers will satisfy your palate, right?).

If your dining partners are pig-averse, they can stuff face with loaded patties from UMAMI Burger, kosher fare from The Cure and fried-to-order cakes from & a Donut. 846 S. Broadway Ave., 213-413-8626.

NEW YORK: Francesca

Take a trip to San Sebastian, the summer capital of Spain, by way of the Basque-inspired menu at Francesca. Refer to Google Translate to decipher delicacies not often found stateside: boquerones, Serrano ham, creamed leeks with membrillo and Idiazábal cheese. 17 Clinton St., 212-253-2303.

Feed Me Señor: Tavernita
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