While waiting for Kingfield's hotly anticipated tapas bar Rincon 38, you can introduce yourself to the traditional Spanish meal at First Course.
The eatery, recently reviewed in The Heavy Table, is located across the street from Todd Park in the Diamond-Lake neighborhood.
Alongside a full menu, First Course offers a small range of tapas for $4 to $11. Diners can find traditional fare like marinated olives, but most of the tapas are not-too-traditional—combinations like honey garlic baby back pork ribs with soy, ginger, and chili oil or grilled asparagus with balsamic and thin onion rings.
The Heavy Table was complimentary of this neighborhood joint, pointing to a balanced menu and a "well-priced, miles-long wine list."
The couple next to us told the server that they used to live around the corner and now occasionally drive in to First Course from the far side of Lake Minnetonka. Apparently that’s what it takes to be in the know about this place.
So if you're looking for an Iberian fix while waiting for Rincon 38—whose tapas menu looks like it could feature a broader selection of traditional Spanish fare—roll on down to First Course for a small bite and a glass of wine.