There’s no escaping it. When you gaze at the silhouette of the building that houses Pera Wine & Tapas from the parking lot, you’re looking the shell of a decades-old Taco Bueno. This is a house that beans built, though the smell of lard-laden pintos has vanished long ago. Inside, tables draped in white linen play host to small plates of salads, snacks and freshly grilled meats and fish. Two guitarists thrum nylon-stringed guitars, maybe singing serenades, maybe shredding an instrumental take on Hotel California. The menu at Pera is neatly divided into two sections comprised of $6 and $12 plates. Start with the value items on the left hand side, comprised of cold dishes and small, composed salads, and then work your way to the right for grilled meats and seafood that will make sure you leave sated.
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