Ataula

ataulafritterFrom the moment you touch down in this cheerful Northwest tapas bar and are served your first glass of sangria—lent considerable complexity thanks to a fruit and brandy sous vide—you realize something bueno is about to happen here, in this bright, breezy, wood beam crossed space, open and welcoming like a wide grin, dotted with vivid abstract art and fresh flowers and lorded over by skylights that make the room glow long into the evening in summer. And if you’re here for brunch, that something bueno is the Xuxos de Crema, a perfect golden pillow of fried homemade pastry stuffed with crema catalana. Have one while you’re deciding whether to order the tortilla de patata or chorizo, have one with your brunch paella, have one with your café con leche, and have one boxed to go.