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A Spanish restaurant in Arlington

Photo by Rey Lopez

Rows of yellow banquettes, sprigs of fresh daisies on each table and floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the large dining room signal a generous welcome, and it exudes friendliness. Meanwhile, the Spanish hams hanging behind the bar (and one occasionally rolling around the room dim sum-style to be carved tableside) and miniature cans of Spanish olive oil gracing the tables show the team takes their Spanish sourcing seriously.

The menu will appeal to those who like small plates and large plates alike. Grazers should order the vinegary boquerones draped atop house-fried chips and an olive chutney and the umami-rich mushrooms topped with a cured egg yolk and shaved duck foie gras, all tossed together in front of guests, as the server explains “revuelto” means “scrambled.” Larger dishes include a dramatic plate of grilled squid with lima beans and a squid-ink sauce, and groups can tackle the large-format dishes, such as the roast suckling goat or whole roasted rabbit.

Spanish | $$$
1110 North Glebe Road, Arlington

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