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Eclectic Tapas Dinner: Sanctuaria!
Many of you might be familiar with Sanctuaria, the crazy restaurant/bar in the Grove that is legendary for their tapas (not to mention their drinks). I've even had a dinner there before. But recently, they have expanded their menu to include a whole new "farm-to-table" section, as well as a section of Mexican items from Diabalitos, their sister restaurant. With all the new items, it's almost like a new restaurant! So naturally I had to check it out, and I'm pleased to report their new menu items are truly spectacular, a worthy addition to the tapas (which they still have). So a dinner there was the logical next step! Cuisine - Tapas are generally very small servings of a variety of different dishes; it's a Spanish creation. Sanctuaria's menu includes a tapas section but it's a bit of a misnomer as the portions (and prices) are much larger than typical tapas; it would be more accurate to call them small plates with a distinct Latin flavor. But such amazing small plates they are! My favorite is a new one called Beggar's Purse, phyllo dough filled with pork and jack cheese with a chipotle-tomato puree. Or an old favorite is the "wicked good shrimp", an almost cajun-style shrimp in a spicy buttery sauce. If you like a Cuban sandwich you'll love the Frita Sliders with Cuban pork & beef, jack cheese, and chimichurri, as well as the Cuban chicken sliders with juack cheese, bacon aioli, and crisp plantains. There are many more but you get the idea! New is the farm-to-table section, larger dishes including duck confit quesadilla, duck breast and grits, steak bernaise, and my favorite, venison-stuffed portobella mushrooms! This too is only a sampling and the selection changes regularly. Finally they also include several Mexican specialties from their sister restaurant, Diablito's. And that doesn't even address their amazing drinks, for which they have justifiably won tons of awards. Bottom line, the food here is creative and delicious and you'll love it! Price - Normally tapas are very cheap, but since the portions here for the tapas are dramatically larger, the prices are higher as well from under $10 to the upper teens. The farm-to-table section is fairly typical running from the lower teens unto the low $20s, and the Mexican dishes are mostly in the teens. Since there is a tendency to order several dishes, it can add up if you're not careful, but you'll have an awesome variety! Other Info - Sanctuaria is located on the southeast corner of Manchester and Boyle in the Grove, between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. They have a large fenced parking lot on Boyle behind the restaurant just past the alley! Here's an insider tip: If you're coming from I-64/Hwy 40, exit at Boyle, not Kingshighway. Follow the signs if necessary to reach Boyle and go south; it's just a couple blocks to Manchester and much faster than using Kingshighway. As with many of our larger dinners, please spread out your arrival, starting around 6:30 until 7:00 or later. While the restaurant has plenty of room for us, the nature of the food tends to load up the kitchen so spreading our ordering will help out, and with tapas the dishes are brought out as they're ready anyway. So plan on a nice leisurely dinner! And although tapas are intended to be shared (if you wish), remember that if you order it, it will be on your check. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of my foodie friends at Sanctuaria for some wild tapas on Tuesday the 26th!

Sanctuaria Wild Tapas

4198 Manchester Road · Saint Louis, MO


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