I never got a chance to dine at Atlantique and despite the good reviews, I wonder why the change.
Early Sunday morning, I heard Sherman Kaplan's review of Rioja, 5101 N. Clark in Andersonville. He praised the tapas but said the Paella was too salty and lacked saffron flavor.
My girlfriend and I decided to try Rioja that evening.
Overall, the tapas were very good, however there was a spark that was missing that we find at Cafe BaBaReeba, Cafe Iberico, Arco de Cuchilleros and Tapas Barcelona in Evanston.
We had pitcher of Rasberry flavored Sangria and dined on
Garlic shrimp, Shrimp wrapped in ham, sauteed scallops, calamari, and garlic potatoes. We found everything to be very tasty.
I did find the following comments at Metromix
5101 N. Clark St.
Jack and Michael Jones ( Jack's on Halsted, Bistro Marbuzet, Corner Grille) have done a quickie refresh on their former seafood-focused Atlantique and have opened a Spanish and Mediterranean inflected spot in the same address. The restaurant now has Mediterranean hues and murals to resemble a Spanish barra, and there'll also be a new sidewalk cafe. Look for a tapas menu of classics and with some innovative choices like the serrano-wrapped deep-fried shrimp with melon relish, plus more substantial entrees like the sun-dried tomato, Italian sausage, gulf shrimp, grilled chicken and smoked mozzarella tossed in fresh herb sauce over penne pasta. The wine list has been trimmed and will now focus on Spanish and Mediterranean offerings.
Hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; 5-9 p.m. Sunday