Over on the General Topics" board, Caitlin was suggesting names of tapas place she found from the "Z" guide people:
<< Tapeo, on Newbury Street in Back Bay; Dali, in
<< Somerville; and Taberna de Haro, in Brookline. I
<< can assure you that many tapas restaurants around
<< here have Spanish proprieters"
Actually, the big problem with tapas bars is that they're often run (and even more often staffed) by South Americans, and that cuisine is way different than the Mediterranean cuisine of Spain. Dali, with its over-the-top Iberian decor, is a particularly glaring example of this. VERY Latino-tasting tapas. The place is nonetheless very popular, great wine list, and the food's good if inauthentic.
Tapeo is owned by the same people as Dali
Better, though the atmosphere is way too chi-chi for a true tapas restaurant (they're low class in Spain) is Mercury Bar (116 Boylston St., 482-7799), if it's still open.
Tasca (1612 Commonwealth Ave., 730-8002)
is actually owned by Irishmen, but the tapas are pretty good.
IMPORTANT: these opinions are pretty stale, so caveat eater. I haven't checked these places in 3 years or so (but that's still fresher than the opinions you'll find in the Za...Zaaaaaaa....the "Z" book)