Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tapas Tiempo

Casa Rubia brings Spanish to the mix at Trinity Groves


Remember when the food court was your primary source for global cuisine?

You journeyed from the tacos of Mexico to the pizza slices of Italy to the rice bowls of the Far East  — in a single afternoon. Then food court food coma would set in before your mom picked you up.

Thankfully, our tastes and budgets (and modes of transportation) have grown more sophisticated. Replacing those fast-food joints is Trinity Groves, home to an ever-growing list of restaurants sharing one prized address.

The past few weeks have seen the opening of Souk, LUCK, and Kitchen LTO. This week, Casa Rubia brings Spanish food to the mix with complex tapas in a relaxed setting.

From Chef Omar Flores, the culinary brain behind Driftwood, the menu here focuses on soulful Spanish flavors in a variety of complex, seafood-centric shared plates.

That means pulpo a la plancha (octopus, saffron potatoes, pickled onions, green romesco); bogavante (lobster, vanilla, marcona almonds, roasted grapes, rye, celery root); and fideua (fideos, razor clams, chorizo, burnt leek aioli) will soon be part of your regular vocabulary.

We recommend going big and bringing a group of four for the Paella of the Day. Share it on the patio with a glass of Rioja. Or hell, a bottle.

Mom can always still pick you up.

Casa Rubia
3011 Gulden Ln., Trinity Groves
(469) 513-6349

Best Bets: Rabbit leg; Nantucket Bay scallops; Paella del dia
Nearby: Souk; Kitchen LTO; LUCK

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