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Tapas with a twist

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Downtown Houston is seeing a resurgence in restaurants, bars, and nightlife. Several places have opened up in the past few months, especially in the area around Market Square Park.

One of the places leading the charge is Batanga, a Latin American tapas restaurant that features an outdoor patio.

The restaurant is the brainchild of the Fasthoff brothers; Hank, who is a local attorney, and Brian, who is a restaurateur with several successful Atlanta spots.

In the few short months that Batanga has been open, it has received rave reviews from both customers and local restaurant critics. Food writer Amber Ambrose recently checked it out.

"We serve tapas with a Latin American and Spanish twist, exotic drinks and we have live music many nights," co-owner Brian Fasthoff told Ambrose. "We love being on the head end of the growth of downtown Houston nightlife."

Much of the credit for Batanga's success goes to Executive Chef Ben McPherson, who has come up with a creative menu.

One highlight is a special event every Sunday afternoon.

"Every Sunday we roast a whole pig out on the patio," McPherson said. "We get our pigs from a local farm and we switch up the breeds to get different tastes each week." The roasted pig is served up every Sunday after 4 p.m. along with two sides that rotate each week depending on local produce that is available.

Batanga is located on 908 Congress Street, just across the street from Market Square Park.

For more information on Batanga, visit http://batangahouston.com/.

To read Amber Ambrose's blog, visit http://www.amberambrose.com/.

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