Barsa’s local-sourced paella, which the upper King Street tapas bar earlier this week showed off at Abundant Seafood’s CFA stand, has earned the restaurant a spot on Travel & Leisure’s list of “Best Tapas Restaurants in the U.S.”
The magazine selected 20 tapas bars across the country for the honor. The Southeast had a strong showing: In addition to Barsa, the list cites Durham’s Mateo Tapas; Asheville’s Curate and Atlanta’s The Iberian Pig.
“Barsa, which bills itself as a Spanish-influenced restaurant with a southern drawl, has been a local favorite on trendy Upper King Street for years,” says the blurb accompanying Barsa’s entry. “Chalk it up to the paella with ingredients sourced from local farms and the convivial atmosphere.”
Travel & Leisure specifically praised Barsa’s “Basque-inspired plates of octopus with smoked paprika, roasted chicken and kale croquettes, and Manchego-stuffed dates.”
Now featuring a slightly reformatted menu, Barsa is open every day at 630 King St.