So 2004 was the year of the Small Plate revolution. Everyone is serving what they compare to Tapa's. I have to say, that too many of my experiences with "Small Plates" have already been negative. I think it is a way to make a higher profit margin off of less food. I am often left either still hungry or aching over how much I spent for a meal.
For example, we went to the Independent the other night. A year ago I went here and had a wonderful time. This time, in addition to the service being sub-par, we ended up having to order two-plates per person, and felt like it was way overpriced for what we received. The waitress also didn't specify that one of the specials was a small plate, so we ordered it thinking it was a meal.
In Spain, tapa's are small taster's, but they are also priced as such. I would be happy to order three or four small plate's if they were priced in the $5-$10 range so they would be equivalent to a $20 main dish. (This is the range of restaurants I go to, generally.)
Just wanted to get other's opinion's on small plates and see if we can start to send this trend packing.
On a different note. I am giving it another shot. Going to Meritage this weekend, which I hear is the best there is at small plates.