I visited IM Tapas with a group of friends, and we enjoyed the casual atmosphere, cosmopolitan, younger crowd, and most of all the excellent authentic Spanish cuisine, cooked by Executive Isabel Pozo Polo. Tucked away a block east of the NCH Hospital on 4th Ave North, it's waay off the beaten path, and well worth the visit.
Open since January, the restaurant had mostly repeat visitors on our visit; we were the only newbies as far as we could tell.
The ambiance is upscale casual, European bistro like, with pale yellow walls, and original artwork by Executive Chef Isabel Pozo Polo. The food is well spiced, and the simple ingredients belie the rich mix of flavors coaxed out of each dish by Isabel. Mary Shipman runs the "front of the house" with several very knowledgeable servers. Be prepared to dine leisurely, and even chat with those at the table next to you, it's casual.
I could have had two orders of the white bean stew (Fabada Asturiana), wiht huge tender beans, chorizo and morcilla sausages, and green onions. I flipped for the Fire Roasted Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Bacalao for $10, and we loved the Fresh Diver Scallops on Octopus Slivers with Blood Orange Vinaigrette.
I posted a long review on my blog Aug 11th, at:
The Iberian ham is sliced paper thin, and defies words. It's the real thing. There's some 40 tapas to choose from, and the Spanish wines are a solid selection.
Try one of the Spanish cheese plates- a 5 or 8 cheese choice.
They are pretty full on a weekend, so make a reservation if this is your night out.