Third-generation chef Jose Chesa's Northwest District restaurant Ataula is lauded for a reason: the Spanish tapas menu is augmented by his modern execution. Yes, there are welcome standards — hard-to-find jamon Iberico de bellota is sliced from aged hunks of acorn-fed pig, and cod croquetas come with a smoky piquillo sauce — but experimental dishes seal the deal. A mystifying order called xupa xup is essentially a chorizo lollipop imbued with goat cheese and membrillo, and should not be missed. The culmination of your meal, if you don't fill up on tapas (a perfectly noble choice, by the way), are servings of seafood-filled paella or rossejat for-two. And, because it wouldn't be a true Spanish dining room otherwise, white and red sangrias flow freely.
This teensy raw-fishery serves up good sushi, but your best bet is the omakase, at an unbelievably low $30.
Euro comfort food -- top sirloin w/ pepper, herb-crusted rack of lamb, fresh pastas, and steamed mussels -- is the move at this resto.
Olive oil brownies and epic cupcakes are just a few of the sweet-tooth-targeting options at this food truck turned brick 'n mortar.