– BY MICHAEL BAUER, SF CHRONICLE
Michael Bauer, the rockstar of critics, headed to La Marcha in Berkeley, where “paella is the star.” He enjoyed them all, but his favorite was the arroz negro. “The flavors explode in the mouth,” he wrote of the sensual dining experience. On the tapas side of the menu, he most enjoyed the chicken wings, patatas bravas, meatballs and octopus.”
It’s not often in my culinary adventures that I encounter a restaurant that makes me weak at the knees, breathless and wondering how I had managed to live as long as I had without knowing the flavors of a certain cuisine. And then enter La Marcha, the incomparable tapas restaurant nestled in West Berkeley. Read More.
Tapas, the traditional small plates of food found in bars and cafes throughout Spain, have become popular light dining options around the Bay Area. Tapas bars, serving small plates of traditional Spanish foods, and favorite local spots, adding tapas to their menus, have ignited a love for small dish favorites in the Bay Area food culture. The flavors of Spain top the list in tapas choices, but other restaurants now include tapas, such as Mexican, Japanese and Indian cuisines. Here are five Spanish tapas spots that have made strong impressions. Read More.