Taste of spain || cafe iberico
This is an old-school Chicago staple. Long lines form after 7pm, if you head there earlier in the evening this is a great place for some sharing of tapas and sangria with friends at a reasonable price. Cafe Iberico [via] has been around forever, the place is noisy and the service is fast and friendly. It is a well oiled machine and consistent with quality year over year. Things that you should get as a first timer: Sangria; Jamon Iberico - Spanish style cured ham with manchego cheese and tomato bread; Pulpo a la Plancha - Grilled octopus with potatoes and olive oil; Mejillones a la Marinera - Steamed mussels with marinara sauce; Queso de Cabra - Baked goat cheese with fresh tomato basil sauce; Croquetas de Pollo - Chicken and ham puffs served with ali-oli sauce; and the Patatas Bravas - Spicy potatoes with special tomato sauce.
That should get you started. Enjoy your night.