The Short Or­der

Pasatiempo - - RESTAURANT REVIEW -

El Mesón’s cav­ernous bar and stage host live en­ter­tain­ment four nights a week (and tango danc­ing on the fifth night). The tal­ents of the jazz, fla­menco, soul, and blues mu­si­cians, along with the ca­pa­ble wait­staff, can thor­oughly charm the cus­tomers, who are there to soak

up the am­biance of a tra­di­tional Span­ish taberna as much as they are to eat ta­pas and drink ex­cel­lent san­gria. But where the mu­sic de­lights, the menu can fal­ter, and if you find your­self in the qui­eter ad­ja­cent din­ing room with­out the dis­trac­tion of the bar’s revelry, you just might end up with an empty wal­let and a side of sub­tle dis­ap­point­ment. Still, there are some stand­outs. Rec­om­mended: san­gria, chuleti­tas de cordero, Padrón pep­pers, jamón Ser­rano, and flan de naranja.

Rat­ings range from 1 to 5 chiles, in­clud­ing half chiles. This re­flects the re­viewer’s ex­pe­ri­ence with re­gard to food and drink, at­mos­phere, ser­vice, and value. 5 = flaw­less 4-1/2 = ex­tra­or­di­nary 4 = ex­cel­lent 3-1/2 = very good 3 = good 2-1/2 = av­er­age 2 = fair

1-1/2 = ques­tion­able 1 = poor

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