Tonight the Other Half and I went to Espana in Old Benson as part of my farewell tour of our favorite restaurants. Espana is a wonderful little Spanish Tapas restaurants. Tapas are small dishes, like little appetizer sized plates of various Mediterranean foods. The great thing about Tapas is you can order several things and get a different taste for each one. The Other Half and I have had Tapas in DC on a business trip before and here at Espana, both were good, with the DC version having a bit more of a yuppie feel vice the feel we got at Espana. Tapas is optimal when a party of 4-6 can go together as you get to try many different tastes and get a whole pitcher (or two) of Sangria.
Tonight we tried several dishes like our favorite Gambas al Ajillo (Shrimp with garlic and olive oil), Bolitos de Queso Fresco (Fresh mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, basil, olive oil ), and one of my own likes Butifarra a la Parilla (Catalan style country sausage grilled. Slow beans, allioli). In addition Espana has a wonderful Sangria that is just a pleasure to drink with dinner. It is just the right combination of fruity and sweet with red wine that goes down very smooth.
If you need a nice restaurant for a small gathering or even a quite date for a couple, I can recommend Espana. It is on the pricey side if you go crazy on the orders, but that is to be expected given the 'style' of the place.