When you have so many places to eat and not enough time, there’s only one way to make it happen – a Tapas Date Night!
“Tapas” is a Spanish word for small savory dishes. You typically order several at once, and they’re typically served with an adult beverage or two so you savor the variety of flavors as you drink, similar to how Americans may order appetizers. In essence, you’re sampling several flavors for your meal.
The concept of a “tapas” date night came about from our friends over at Six Taste – one of the largest food tour companies in Los Angeles. Often, the way they find some of the best hidden gems of the city for their food tours is simply by walking from restaurant to restaurant and tasting signature dishes. Pretty straightforward, right? They told us that one time they hopped from restaurant to restaurant while staying on the same street! What a fun way to taste your way through a city…
Well, we adopted the concept and turned it somewhat into a foodie date night bucketlist. We have friends that always share and rave about certain dishes from certain restaurants, but with few opportunities for us to go out and enjoy them all, my husband figured why not try to enjoy them all in one night?
Yes, it was great. Yes, it was fun. Yes, we were full. And, yes, we’re planning to do it again – in lots of different neighborhoods! You can join the fun too…
HOW TO PLAN YOUR OWN TAPAS DATE NIGHT:
- Pick 4-6 places – select places where you can plan it to be a full course meal, ie one spot for an appetizer, one spot for a second appetizer, one spot for the main dish, etc.
- BIG tip – as you see things you want to try online or when friends suggest new places to try, bookmark them on an app (we use Yelp), that way you don’t have to brainstorm to put the date together at the last minute.
- Bookmark them on Google maps to plan out your drive/walk.
- Eat up!
It’s a fun adventure even for a girls night (make sure to include a wine stop on the list)! If you try it out in your city, use the hashtag #tapasdatenight on social media so we can see your favorite local eateries!
For our first tapas date night, we tried to conquer several places in the San Fernando Valley, so, here’s our SFV date night!
20506 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91306
What We Ate: Butter Beef
What to Know: Delicious Vietnamese food. This spot is very small but you’ll feel at home with great service.
JERRY’S SODA SHOPPE
20914 Roscoe Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91304
What We Ate: Chocolate soda with 2 scoops of ice cream
What to Know: Cute, classic soda shoppe in the most unexpected place – inside a pharmacy!
7574 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka, CA 91306
What We Ate: Kailua Pork Empanada
What to Know: Empanada heaven. They have dessert empanadas too!
MULBERRY STREET PIZZA
17040 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316
What We Ate: Cheese pizza
What to Know: We’ve heard it more than once – this is the pizza spot closest to real NY pizza. Also, forget all the fancy toppings. The cheese pizza is DELICIOUS.
17305 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91325
What We Ate: Oreo churros with a light drizzle of nutella
What to Know: You can find a lot of fun international snacks here!
COWBOY PALACE SALOON
21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
What We Ate: Nothing – we enjoyed some cocktails!
What to Know: This spot is known as the “Last Real Honky Tonk.” We heard great live music and watched some line dancing! This spot is the same spot in the movie Bad Teacher as well as a lot of other movies.
And that’s it!
Hope this inspires you to get out, explore, and eat! Make sure to tag your tapas date night and stay tuned for more from us around LA!