John Houser III
March 6, 2012
814 S. Broadway, Fells Point
tapasadela.com or 410-534-6262
The allure of Spanish tapas is the opportunity to sample a variety of small, communal plates of food while enjoying a few drinks and (hopefully) stimulating conversation. At Tapas Adela in Fells Point, the variety of vegetable, meat and seafood tapas makes it hard to decide which three or four dishes to order. Familiar items such as camarones y ajo (garlic shrimp, $10.95) share table space with more exotic recipes such as albondigas de calamari (pork and calamari meatballs, $7.95). The delicious meatballs are deep-fried and served on a bed of squid-ink paella and saffron.
A must-try dish is the patatas bravas ($4.95). Cubed potatoes are fried, tossed with pimenton (paprika) and then draped in a silky garlic aioli. The berenjenas "fritas," or eggplant fries ($4.95), are a great study in the contrast between sweet and savory. The crispy, salty eggplant fries come with a dipping sauce of lavender flower honey. A Spanish red wine can make the meal more festive.
Tip: To set the mood for a more romantic night, sit in the atrium outside.