Spanish Diner Serves a Taste of Spain Near Your Connecticut Avenue Apartment

Spanish Diner’s roots stretch from Spain to New York City to Bethesda—where famed culinary guru (and founder) José Andrés resides. In 2019, he brought his expertise in Spanish cuisine to NYC when he debuted Mercado Little Spain. It was a collection of restaurants in a food hall setting, all featuring Spanish fare. Spanish Diner was one of the in-house eateries. It was so popular that Andrés decided to bring it to his adopted hometown, and recently opened a new outpost of Spanish Diner in Bethesda, not far from your apartment at The Kenmore.

Chef Andrés evokes his childhood in Spain by presenting dishes he learned how to make from his mother and grandmother. Tapas are the main event with most dishes designed for sharing. Start your meal by passing around classics like patatas bravas, which are fried potatoes accompanied by garlic aioli and spicy tomato sauce, alongside a Spanish omelet (AKA tortilla) with beef, pork, and a chorizo-based stew originating in Madrid. Looking for a more filling option? The sandwiches offer a tad more sustenance. Try the bikini mixto, a classic panini stuffed with ham and cheese. It’s popular in Barcelona. You can also try breakfast dishes like the signature huevos rotos Casa Lucio—a mix of fried eggs and potatoes—or sweet treats such as “burnt” goat cheesecake with chocolate on top.