|The Camarote Madrid is probably my favorite tapas bar in León. The drinks are slightly more expensive than in most, but there's tons of atmosphere.|
|Salmorejo is one of the excellent tapas at the Camarote Madrid.|
|Jamón Jamón is still my second-place tapas bar winner, and sometimes I would rate it as the best.|
|There's no choice of tapas at Jamón Jamón. It's always a slice of bread with jamón serrano (arguably the best ham in the world), two types of sausage, and a wedge of manchego cheese. A glass of wine with the tapas is about US$1.30. Despite the lack of variety, it's delicious every time.|
Now there's a new kid on one of León's blocks, challenging what it means to be a tapas bar. During my time in León I've been surprised by what you can get for under US$2.00. That being said, I was SHOCKED when I stopped by Las Tapas.
|Las Tapas, not being in the main part of the barrio húmedo (drinking district), lacks a little of the atmosphere of some of the other bars. It, however, makes up for it with it's selection of tapas.|
|I ordered a red wine. With it I got a fried egg, morcilla (blood sausage) French fries, and bread.|
I like the way the trend in tapas is going -- more food -- high quality -- extraordinary prices. With competition like that provided by Las Tapas, maybe it won't be long before the tapas I get with my glass of red wine are the Spanish equivalent of a 16 oz. aged ribeye steak, a baked potato, grilled asparagus, and a house salad. If that happens, I'll be there for the grand opening.
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