Whenever I’m stressed after a long day, I close my eyes and think of Spain-the whitewashed buildings of Cordoba, the grand beauty of the Alhambra, the swaying orange trees in Valencia. And while I can’t just hop on a plane and visit the bustling streets of Barcelona whenever I want, there is one restaurant in Dallas that makes me feel like I’m (almost!) back in that beautiful, sunny country: Sangria.
Sangria Mediterranean Tapas and Bar, by Lombardi, is a Dallas restaurant that serves authentic Spanish tapas like pan con tomate and Spanish omelet. What’s a tapas, you ask? It’s a small plate of food, meant for sharing between two or three people, and it’s also a great way to try multiple things on the menu, since tapas are much cheaper than a full entrée.
At Sangria, you’ll choose from a variety of tapas “from the land,” “from the sea,” and “from the garden.” The pan con tomate is a traditional Spanish favorite not to be missed-crunchy, fresh bread covered in fresh tomatoes and drizzled with olive oil and garlic. The piquillo peppers, stuffed with mushrooms and goat cheese (it’s local-from Deep Ellum), are a savory delight, as are the Spanish meatballs. The more adventurous diner can also order escargot pot pie or duck confit. The toasted ravioli, which is stuffed with mushrooms and goat cheese, is drizzled with honey, and its mild flavor is an appealing option children. The only disappointing items on the menu are the forest mushroom gratin, which tastes a bit too earthy, and the disappointingly bland tagliolini.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a true Spanish meal without sangria, a sweet mix of red or white wine and fresh fruit-and for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, sangria is only $1 a glass, so bottoms up! Brunch strays away from the Mediterranean theme and offers choices like hashed potatoes and vanilla French toast, but the full tapas menu is still available.
Sangria offers a patio, perfect for a leisurely meal on a beautiful day, and a range of weeknight specials. On Mondays, Sangria offers half off the entire menu, as well as $12 pitchers of Sangria, and on Tuesdays you can get the true Spanish experience with live flamenco.
Sangria also offers Greek and other Mediterranean tapas, and is located at 4524 Cole Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Don’t pay to valet–parking is easy to find on the residential streets surrounding the restaurant.