As days get warmer, we suggest you sit at Pueblo’s small bar—or even better, at one of the counters out front—as you enjoy a steady stream of classic tapas, including the charred goat cheese, queso fundido spread with black truffle and honey, and the crunchy bite-sized croquetas with creamed cod and potato topped with manchego. Pay special attention to the wines that pair elegantly with the Paella Mercado: Spanish saffron rice, plump shrimp and succulent pork belly. But for a lighter cocktail, order the refreshing Sergio Smash.
This take on the mojito classic substitutes sabé, a blend of liquor and craft sake, for the traditional rum, creating full and complex flavors that keep you craving more tapas. Sip, bite and enjoy!
Pueblo, 3321 Hyland Ave., Ste. D, Costa Mesa, (714) 340-5775; www.pueblotapas.com.
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