Young and Hungry

Small Plates, Big Money

Two frequent gripes plague small plate restaurants: 1) The prices 2) servers telling you how many dishes you should order per person. The number is often too large, and consequently, the final tab is often too much. I called up six tapas-style restaurants to see how many dishes they recommend for dinner, then stacked up the most expensive, least expensive, and median small plate dish prices, along with examples of each.

Kapnos

22014 14th St. NW

Recommended number of dishes: 3 to 5

Least expensive dish: $3 (kohlrabi crudite)

Most expensive dish: $19 (Oven-baked lobster with hilopites pasta)

Median price: $9

Recommended median price per person: $27-$45

 

Teddy & The Bully Bar

1200 19th St. NW

Recommended number of dishes: 3 to 4

Least expensive dish: $5 (fried potatoes with house-made catsup)

Most expensive dish: $19 (Maine lobster “Wenberg” style)

Median price: $9

Recommended median price per person: $27-$36

 

Ambar

523 8th St. SE

Recommended number of dishes: 3

Least expensive dish: $6 (butternut squash bisque)

Most expensive dish: $16 (grilled beef tenderloin “stroganoff”)

Median price: $8

Recommended median price per person: $24

 

Policy

1904 14th St. NW

Recommended number of dishes: 2 to 3

Least expensive dish: $6 (stir-fried green beans)

Most expensive dish: $15 (lamb ribs with sweet soy glaze)

Median price: $10

Recommended median price per person: $20-$30

 

Jaleo

480 7th St. NW

Recommended number of dishes: 3 to 5

Least expensive dish: $1 (a single liquid olive)

Most expensive dish: $30 (Iberico shoulder and lamb with roasted apples)

Median price: $9

Recommended median price per person: $27-$45

 

Estadio

1520 14th St. NW

Recommended number of dishes: 3

Least expensive dish: $2 (chorizo, Manchego, and pistachio crusted quince skewer)

Most expensive dish: $15 (pan-seared rockfish with smokey romesco)

Median price: $5

Recommended median price per person: $15

 

  • Dave

    Kapnos recommends 5 plates per person?

    No wonder Mike Isabella has been putting on pounds.

  • SW

    Man, fuck small plates. Glad you wrote about this.

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