The commercial area around NW 23rd has plenty of reasons to attract folks interested in shopping, dining and drinking, and thanks to Ataula, it also has a fantastic restaurant that is home to delicious tapas and paella—as well as a great cocktail program. Chef Jose Chesa puts his passion to work in the kitchen but isn’t afraid to wander the tables to ensure everyone is enjoying their meals. We weren’t sure where to start, so we let the staff take care of us with an impromptu tasting menu of the chef’s choosing. If you love Spanish fare, put Ataula high on your list of destinations. The bar program is also expertly managed by Angel Tata who adds a touch of Spain to most recipes and makes a fine Sangria to boot! We also loved the Elixir de Amontillado.