The delights of Spanish tapas are almost endless, and this is never more true than on a warm Barcelona evening after a sunset stroll along the beach. My favorite tapas place is a few blocks away from the chaos of La Rambla on Cardenal Casanas: Irati, Taverna Basca.
Irati is not a secret—it is crowded with locals and visitors alike who love the delightful, welcoming atmosphere. A robust rioja was in my hand almost as soon as I walked in. Savoring the moment, I chose a selection of amazing tapas from dozens of trays spread across the long bar, supplemented by the cheerful wait staff who slip among their guests with sizzling delights straight from the grill. Inventive and delicious, fresh salmon dances with dill while sundried tomato and chorizo snuggle under—is that a tiny pancake?
When I’ve had my fill, settling the bar tab is simple: count the toothpicks.