(Photography by Sarah Chorey)

First Taste: ABV's Este Oeste pairs Basque-style tapas with sherry and gin


Since it's pretty much winter outside, we could really go for cozy share plates and heart-warming sherry cocktails in this little nook of an upstairs bar.

At ABV's Over Proof, the bar tucked back above the Mission restaurant, a new concept is now pouring: For the next few months, owners Ryan Fitzgerald, Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud, and Todd Smith are taking us on a trip through Spain. Chef Collin Hilton's new prix-fixe menu includes five or more dishes designed to pair with sherry and gin-focused cocktails. Click through for a taste of what's cooking. // 3174 16th St. (Mission); nightly seatings (6:30 and 9pm) are $75/person, reservations are required now through Oct. 27th, overproofsf.com

What's "hand paella," you might ask? Everyone knows the best part of paella is the crusty portion that gets baked along the edges of the pan. So, chef Hilton has made a whole paella into a crust. Then, throw in a little bellota chorizo, mussels, clams, and a paella rice seasoned with paprika, garlic, and grilled lemon. Those salty morsels pair perfectly with the Señora Sol, made with the Leopold Brothers' Summer Gin, Manzanilla sherry, and vermouth.

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