Tapa the World


If you’re anything like me, then most of your fondest memories relate back to food in one way or another. It’s that amazing cake from so-and-so’s wedding or the to-die-for taco shack on xyz road trip. I (subconsciously) tend to catalogue traveling experiences by food, too. The trip to Edinborough has somehow become synonymous with Haggas and the week in Greece might as well be called “Gyro Trip.” And the same goes for Spain – a tour of the country which seemed to be comprised of small plates. I’m not sure that we had more than one or two actual entrees on the entire time – but tapas certainly awaited us at every turn. Since then, I’ve been searching for a local tapas place that can at least remind me of that trip. And finally, last weekend, I found it.

Tapa the World, located on 2115 J St, has an authentic Spanish menu complete with Tapas del Dia and their staple Paella dishes. Last weekend, I feasted on both the Queso Español del Día (an assortment of imported Spanish cheese) and Kobe Beef (naturally raised from Snake River Farms, grilled medium rare & served with bleu cheese butter and crispy onion streamers).


 I also tasted a delicious Calamari dish, but of course I can’t remember the name or find it in the online menu so it’s up to you to find that one!


No tapas meal would be complete without a glass of Cava, and the one at Tapa the World even brought me back to another fond memory at La Champagneria – a fabulous hole-in-the-wall bar in Barcelona. If you’ve ever visited Tapa the World (or La Champagneria, for that matter) we’d love to hear your thoughts – please leave us a comment below!

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  • Brittany | Nov 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Just thought I should point out that there was a lot more calamari on that plate before I devoured half of it! Don’t want to misrepresent their portion sizes . . . 🙂

  • Maria | Nov 12, 2008 at 9:58 am

    I love dining at Tapa the World. The space and the food takes me back to my summer in Spain. My favorite tapa (which, coincidently, I just made recently) is tortilla espanola. This was a staple on my trip and was even served bocadilla-style (sandwich-style). Thanks for taking me down memory lane, Britt!

  • Jenna | Nov 12, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Let me just say, Maria, you make a mean tortilla espanola! I believe you said it was pretty simple – maybe you can share the recipe?