3600 Clipper Mill Road, (443) 708-3838, lacucharabaltimore.com
This new Basque restaurant has the tapas dishes that Spanish cuisine is known for, but our favorites on the menu are its dishes that go one size down: the pintxos, bite-size snacks that go for $2 apiece that’ll whet your appetite for the rest of the meal. And when we say bite-size, we mean it—order the manchego pintxos and you’ll receive a cube of cheese that you can pop into your mouth all at once. But each tiny bite is a delectable one, with many of the pintxos balancing multiple flavors in their small packages. And with eight pintxos on the menu, with the selection changing occasionally, you’ll always have something else to try, either as a precursor to La Cuchara’s tapas and entrees or merely as something to fuel you as you suck down drinks at La Cuchara’s large bar.