Tapas y Vino: Best of the Beach 2018 Tapas
Spanish styles of architecture and cuisine are so popular in the South Bay that there are plenty of places where you might forget that you’re in the USA. Tapas and Vino is a little short on whitewashed walls and red tile roofs, but the cuisine by new chef Adrián Fernández García might be found in his native province of Asturias in Northern Spain. It wasn’t all invented there, because Spaniards like everybody else enjoy a globalized cuisine, but there is authenticity and authority in the execution. This is the place to come for a meal of hot and cold small plates featuring bright Iberian flavors, preferably with a glass or two of slowly savored wine. Sit on the patio by the firepit and linger over your meal – it’s what a Spanish family would do at dinner, and they have the right idea.
Tapas y Vino
1729 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach
Runner-up: A Basq Kitchen
136 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach
by Teri Marin