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El Chipirón

Spread from El Chipirón.
Photograph by John Davidson

People are sidling up to the spare white bar in this bright South Austin space, no doubt lured by an entire menu dedicated to gin and tonics served with a veritable garden of garnishes. Bite-size pinchos mean you can flit from dish to dish without having to commit; be sure to have a nibble of the requisite leg of jamón ibérico on the counter, the nutty pork best alongside traditional Manchego cheese with a tiny cube of guava paste. The savory oxtail terrine had great flavor and a few tiny cartilaginous bits to remind you of the source. A special of inky black paella studded with morsels of the restaurant’s namesake chipirón (baby squid) was muy autentico, while ribeye medallions with confit potatoes and pimientos de padrón were a little tamer but still resolutely Iberian. 

City: Austin


Drinks: Bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 2717 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX, 78704

Hours: D Mon–Sat. B Sun.

Phone: 512-518-3618

Website: elchipironaustin.com/

Last updated: July 31, 2017