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Best Appetizer Dallas 2009 - Piquillo Peppers at Cava - CLOSED

Piquillo Peppers at Cava

5934 Royal Lane

Dallas, TX 75230-3870

214-361-2277

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Long before tapas, small plates and shared plates became trendy, the Spanish grabbed simple bites at the bar to tide them over until 10 or 11 p.m., when dinner is served. Cava's piquillo peppers appetizer is like an homage to that simple tradition. They merely sauté the peppers in olive oil (a lot of olive oil) with some garlic. That's it—nothing fancy, but the flavors roil from earthy, bitter and herbaceous to piquant, even sweet. In a city where chefs put a lot of time and effort into starters, Cava's basic dish stands out.

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