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Dining Guide

The Bin

Photograph by John Davidson

Local tapas bars often call on tradition but rarely keep it just to tiny plates. Jason Dady’s little house off Broadway (down from loft space denizens) keeps to the rules. Even the “from the kitchen” larger plates stay true to the bites served in bars, cafes, and roadside stops from Galicia to Barcelona to Madrid. Tender char-grilled octopus with smoked paprika comes sliced like coins; coarse-salted, flash-grilled peppers—shishito or padrón— have just enough heat. You’ll find tall wedges of egg-and-potato tortilla along with pintxos (Barcelona’s preferred term for tapas), boquerones, and the ever-present bits of ham and cheese on a roll. It’s clear that Dady has done his homework. True, the bread is not quite up to Spanish standards, but who cares when a nice dollop of tomato jam pairs so nicely with melted grilled cheese. Stand at the bar, perch on a picnic table outdoors, or sit at one of the six or so tables in the tiny dining room—and welcome to a little slice of España.

City: San Antonio


Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★

Address: 511 E. Grayson, San Antonio, TX, 78215

Hours: D Tue–Sat.

Phone: 210-994-8099

Last updated: March 20, 2017