Jaleo - Penn Quarter
480 7th St., NW
Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Spanish/Portuguese, Tapas/Small Plates
Open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 11 PM; Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to midnight; Sunday and Monday 11:30 AM to 10 PM; Saturday and Sunday brunch til 3 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Rowdy
Stone-size boiled baby potatoes with a mojo verde sauce; a good and garlicky gamba al ajillo; house-made grilled sausage with white beans; bacon-wrapped dates; beet salad with pistachios.
Scene: Food Specials, Outdoor Seating
Times have changed since the days when the town's only small plates were at these Spanish tapas houses. Now sharing rounds of several dishes is as common as the traditional three-course meal--and although José Andrés's menus have evolved, much remains the same. Tapas we've been loving for years include goat-cheese-stuffed red peppers, crusty bread rubbed with tomatoes and layered with thinly sliced Manchego, a textbook gazpacho, and warm dates wrapped in bacon. Some changes are on the horizon: This year, the original location in DC is scheduled to get a renovation.
What to get: White gazpacho with grapes; ham croquetas; patatas bravas; garlicky shrimp; apple charlotte; flan.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.