The Spanish were doing small plates long before it was trendy on the North Shore—so the menu at this new modern spot has history behind it. It hits on tapas favorites, like delectable olives, patatas bravas, and pan con tomate, and adds in some delights from the wood-fired grill, like Flaming Chorizo and charred octopus. The soaring, bold space inside the Hilton Boston/Woburn feels like something out of a Pedro Almodovar film.
2 Forbes Rd., Woburn, 781-904-0658, matadorarestaurant.com
T’ahpas 529 Restaurant
If we’re perfectly honest, the odd name confuses us. But the quality of the food doesn’t. Feast on a wide array of tapas offerings at this hip spot, alongside a glass of Spanish wine.
529 Franklin St., Melrose, 781-590-4916, tahpas529.com