4831 McKinney Ave.
We were long time denizens of Cafe Madrid because the food was decent, cheap and we didn't live far from the nabe. The one thing I didn't like about it was the cramped dining space and potential long waits on the weekends. Although that eventually changed when they acquired the retail space next door. The couple that owned Cafe Madrid divorced and the ex-husband, who was the real Spainard of the two, opened a couple of other tapas restaurants one of them being Hola.
We are not tapas aficionados but I've always liked the dining experience at Hola and last night was no exception. Driving down Greenville Ave on our way to the restaurant, I feared the worst because due to the mild weather, a lot of people were dining out and Hola has an outdoor seating area. But it was relatively empty and there were plenty of open tables.
Here's what we drank and ate:
- A bottle of Spanish Rioja wine for $28 (don't ask me the name)
- Marinated olives
- Classic potato omelet
- Green salad with manchego cheese
- Fried calamari
- Marinated red bell peppers
- Potato and codfish croquettes
In the last 4 years, I think we've had this same meal with few variations (chorizo, sardines, cheese) 20 times and it has always been good and reasonably priced. I'm a proponent of locally owned, reasonably priced, ethnic restaurants (Bistro B, Royal Thai, Alessio's) so Hola will always be on my regular list.