Ever since Spanish-style tapas arrived on the international culinary scene, it seems that every other European cuisine suddenly rediscovered its own version of small-plates dining. Such wee-dish incarnations may well be delicious in their own right, but the Spanish original remains the best. And Modesto's happy hour — in force at the bar on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5 till 7 p.m. and all evening long on Tuesday — is the best way in town to enjoy authentic Spanish tapas. Serving up Basque-inspired pinchos — really small plates — the only thing supersized on the plate is the flavor. And with prices ranging from 25 cents to a dollar for each morsel, you'll get the full experience without the plane ticket.
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