Tapas Lab is a fast-casual, Asian-Spanish-fusion tapas spot and wine bar, and it’s the kind of place that will make you realize you’ve always needed bulgogi pinchos (topped with parmesan cheese and garlic aioli) in your life. The counter-service situation works perfectly for when you want to do a weeknight dinner with friends who might come and go. Even though a truffled steak is only $14 and the spicy chorizo-stuffed meatballs are only $6, these dishes are on the fancier side for the low price. Grab a glass of cava or a graduated cylinder full of beer (it is a “Lab,” after all) to pair with the excellent small plates.
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