I tried Tico the other night on a whim; it's been open for awhile and is one of Michael Schlow's newer restaurants (I used to love Radius). I'm not sure why I didn't make it in sooner.
The atmosphere was not at all what I expected and at first I was disappointed. It felt more like a bar where you'd go out for drinks, and I was worried the food wouldn't be as good. However, I was pleasantly surprised and ended up really enjoying my meal.
The menu is a mix of tapas, tacos (two per order), and large plates. We ordered several of the tapas and tacos to share:
|Fried Manchego Cheese with spicy pomegranate honey sauce|
|Sweet corn with smoked bacon, jalepenos, and thai basil|
|Serrano ham with guava jam and warm bread|
|Lobster taco with avocado|
|Spanish octopus with tangerines and pickled leeks|
|Shredded Cabbage Salad with Spicy Salsa Verde Vinaigrette and Crushed Almonds|
|Two Texture Beef taco with Morita Chiles|
Tico is a fun spot to go out for a drink or for some tapas, the space is huge and wide open so it would also be great for a party or large group.