Tapas in the Farmer’s Market.
There is nothing quite like kicking back with a Sangria and some Tapas to idle away a Summer’s Afternoon. It’s something the Spanish do quite a lot, and it’s something we Americans should copy whenever possible.
Little Spain is just another one of those places inside the Farmer’s Market you have visit when you get a chance. It’s strange, so many “places” in the Farmer’s Market…and most of them have something to do with food…but it feels like just a few of them involve you sitting down and Eating…or at least sitting down and eating well. So after fighting my way past the Magic Nut Factory and the Hot Sauce Place, just past Pinkberry and my oh-so-favorite Singapore Banana Leaf, you’ll find Little Spain next door.
I swear, this had to be some kind of Burger Joint or Diner Joint back in the day. The fixed, round-robin stools with the red vinyl cushion tops are still there. There’s an old school display case showing off the Restaurant’s wares. (Oh, did I mention, it doubles as a partial grocery. Not India Sweets and Spices size or anything, but enough).
It’s kinda cool, because this repurposed space is ideal for sitting back, having some Sangria and noshing on a few Tapas. You get the open air of the Farmer’s Market, and some really, really tasty treats.
Basically, you roll in, have a seat at the counter, crack open a menu and order away. There are couple of big Chalkboard Menus on the wall showing off drinks and selected Tapas. Chalkboards are always a way to my heart.
I did find the service a bit…odd. I wasn’t not sure what was happening, it did take some effort to flag the ladies down for both orders and to get our check. I found out later that the space was a bit larger than I realized, accommodating a market, a sit-down part of the restaurant, as well as the Tapas bar.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, despite the fact that Chalkboards are the way to my heart, I still ordered off the menu. Those Sausages in Wine Sauce were just calling my name. Little tiny nubbin’s of Porky deliciousness swimming in a fiery red (not fiery spicy, just fiery flavorful) sauce.
Of all things, the first time I’ve ever have Patatas Bravas was in…you guessed it…Umami Burger. Yeah, they had a Guest Chef come in and offer a special menu, and Jose Andres came in with a Jose Andres Burger, and two Tapas, one of Tapas he offered as a two dollar Patatas Bravas dish.
So good I had seconds.
So you have to imagine my delight in being able to try a Patatas Bravas dish in an…you know…actual Spanish Restaurant. I’ve got to say, did not disappoint. This is now my go-to Tapas whenever I see it on the menu.
Also, you got to…got to…got to…have yourself some Sangria. Best use of old wine, ever.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Be mindful of the service. I don’t think they’re being rude, but the fact the place is as expansive as it is…it might be hard to flag someone down.
PARKING: This ain’t no trick. You’re parking in either the Grove’s Parking Structure or the Farmer’s Market Lot. Either are nearby. Either will probably be crowded as all get out on most weekends. But remember, Little Spain is part of the Farmer’s Market. They do validate but only for the Farmer’s Market Lot. If you Park in the Grove, you’ll have to shop somewhere else to get a validation.
6333 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (323) 634-0633