El Chipirón Boasts Classic Spanish Flavors With a Modern Flare

Ashlyn Allison

Restaurateur-chef Pablo Gomez brings his culinary talents from Spain with El Chipirón. At his authentic tapas and “pintxos” bar on trendy South Lamar, expect a relaxed urban vibe conducive to crowds nibbling and sipping.

Interiors are fashioned with warm woods, white marble counters and whimsical lighting with an intimate dining area featuring tucked-in nooks and tables.

Gomez creates playful interpretations of Spanish classics, from bite-sized “pintxos” (small snacks) of cured ham and salted cod to entrées like squid ink paella. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are featured plus imported items, such as certain fish, Spanish paprika and Ibérico ham, chorizo and lomo.

The bar boasts an all-Spanish wine list and imported Spanish beers, though the specialties are the handmade Spanish gin and tonics—ranging in flavor from rose petals to cucumber.

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