Did a quick search on the board and didn't see anything specific to this subject for KC.
Went to La Bodega the other night, hadn't been there in a while. The food was good, I love the vibe and decor, but I didn't find it to be a great value. Maybe I'm just a cheapskate, but six bucks for those little glasses of sangria, and nine bucks (maybe eight) for six thin asparagus spears wrapped in a piece of smoked salmon about half the size of a playing card, is excessive to me. The breaded and fried squid stuffed with a chorizo and goat cheese mousse were AWESOME, but at eight dollars for two of them, I was afraid to like them too much. There were several dishes like the white bean puree that were in the 4-5 dollar range, you don't HAVE to buy all the expensive ones.
I don't do tapas very often, so maybe that's just the way things are. My take on tapas is that it's all about relaxing with friends, taking your time and hanging out for a few hours, and ordering food and drinks as you go. If you take that approach at La Bodega, things could get out of hand quickly, making it more of a "special occasion" type of experience vs. a few hours decompressing with friends. And I'm not talking about packing it in for three hours solid, my goal isn't to "get full" when I eat out. By the time we left there were plenty of uber-yuppie parties showing up, so maybe I was just out of my element. I'm not upset or anything, there was a little sticker shock but I'm sure I'll go back.
So anyway, is La Bodega pretty much on par when it comes to tapas prices? What other places would KC hounds recommend I try? Even if the cost is comparable at other restaurants, I'd go and check them out just to compare the variety.
And outside of just the Spanish tapas theme, any good "small plates" places worth mentioning? This time of year I'm very inclined to hang out over drinks and apps all night vs. having a meal in one place and heading to a bar afterwards.