#sEATtle Tango!

September 17, 2015

I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. So I figured I would post little reviews of the places I go, to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work! Before we start though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I dont know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I dont even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than 2 toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the comman man/woman. Got it? Good, let's roll!!!


ADDRESS - 1100 Pike Street

WEBSITE - http://www.tangorestaurant.com/


A note on tapas restaurants- In Spanish "tapas" basically means snacks. This is important to know before you step foot in a restaurant specializing in tapas. You have to order a lot of food because the portions are really small, but thats a good thing, because usually there are tons of delicious little bites of food to choose from.  It's kind of like Spanish sushi in a way. Yeah, think if it like that.  Order a bunch of stuff, share with the table. 


When it comes to tapas, I personally prefer to  wash them down with beer instead of sangria.  The reason for this is because the last time I had sweet delicious sangria....I had about 3 glasses too many and the night REALLY got away from me.  Like, getting banished to the couch by my girlfriend at the time and then falling asleep on that couch sitting with perfect posture kind of got away from me.  Lesson learned, forgive me if I'm still a little gun shy to get back on that horse.


First rule of Tapas Club is THERE IS NO TAPAS CLUB.  Second rule of Tapas Club is always order queso y jamon to start the night.  At this meal we went with Machego, Mahon, and Gotes Catalanes. All great choices, the Mahon is basically cream cheese though, so although it was super good and I love goat cheese, I would probably go with something different next time. For the meat, well, we ordered all of it. Serrano jamon (thats ham), salchichon (summer sausage) and chorizo.  As an Italian, I gauge everything against prusciutto di Parma (VERY IMPORTANT- when buying prosciutto, always ask for di Parma, or you get stuff from Canada. Its good but not awesome.) and serrano jamon is basically just the Spanish version. Tango's serrano, though, was a little too dry this time, which is disappointing because I've had it many times prior and its usually really really good. The sausages were great however.  The plate also comes with olives and almonds.  Very good. 

Pork belly bites!  Simply put, if there is pork belly on the menu and you are at a good restaurant, you should order it. I've put down 5 in one sitting before at Tango, because I like to make jokes about pigging out on pig. I've been to Tango quite a few times, and if there is one dish that I make sure to always get, its this.

Tres salchichas! OLE!  Chorizo, lincuica, y andouille! OLE!  AND THEY PUT AN EGG ON TOP! OLE OLE OLE!! This is a dish you should see at just about any tapas restaurant you go to, and when you do see it, get it. Really good. Plus its simple, so if you have friends that are scared to try the octopus or something, this is perfect.

Well would you look at that! Isn't it precious? My old aunts used to always say that after I opened their crummy birthday presents when I was a kid and it used to drive me crazy because goddamit this is an Optimus Prime toy, its a badass Decepticon killing machine and in no way shape or form "precious" Aunt Hazel! GOSH!!!  And yet, there I was, semi inappropriately swooning over this magnificent cast iron pan full of goodness the second it hit the table.  My friends, that is paella. Paella is awesome. Paella from Tango is very awesome.  There are about 10,000 intricate rules/theories/tips/tricks to determine what makes a proper paella, so I'm not even going there. Instead I want to focus on 1 sure fire way to know you are eating "proper" paella- the rice.  If done properly (and to me, properly means cooked over open flame, rice soaking in high quality saffron and juices from various creatures) you should find a crispy yet somehow still moist layer of rice at the bottom of your pan.  Crispy AND moist? Yeah dude, witchcraft can be the only explanation.  Anyway, it really ties the whole dish together and is the true mark of a properly cooked paella.  I usually go with the mixto option which means you get a little meat (pork loin and sausage), a little seafood (clams/mussels, shrimp, and scallops), and a little veggies (mushrooms and peppers).  If you don't believe in equality in your meals, however, there are meat, seafood, and vegetarian options available too.  Pro tip- Its essential to order this as soon as you arrive, because the cooking time is close to an hour.  Don't be upset about this, if you want instant paella, go to QFC and pick up some minute rice nonsense.  Patience is a virtue when it comes to paella, the king of all rice dishes! 


Tapas bars/restaurants are beginning to pop up all over, and Seattle actually has quite a few good ones. Personally, my favorite is Ocho in Ballard (best devilled eggs in the city, maybe galaxy), but if you are downtown-ish, Tango is a great option. Perfect for a date, and what really sets it off for me is that you can get high quality paella so you don't end up spending $50 and still walk out hungry.  I've had pretty much everything off the menu and liked it all, but if I'm being critical, they could use a little more variety and besides the pork belly there isn't really a stand out dish.  That said, the paella totally makes up for that, and if you go there and don't order it, you've done it wrong bruh!

On a scale of 1-5 pork belly noms, Tango gets 3.5 pork belly noms! 

Final verdict....#MANLEYAPPROVED