Imagine a place where acclaimed art adorns the walls, award-winning wine flows into thin, tall glasses, Spanish tapas transport your taste buds to a whole new world and soft notes are strung together in harmony from a guitarist picking his instrument by memory. Thanks to Sylvia McPherson (yes, the Mrs. to winemaker Kim McPherson), this place is real and Lubbockites know it as La Diosa Cellars.
La Diosa is unlike any other place in the “Hub City”. Inspired by the owner’s heritage and travels, this restaurant and wine bistro offers an atmosphere of aesthetics perfect for weekly date night, wine night with the girls, or to bring your friends from out of town.
Visit Lubbock Pro Tip: Skip the glass and go straight for the pitcher! This sangria is noticeably smooth and tastes better with every sip. I recommend ordering the Olive Ontario to pair with this delicious beverage. Tree ripened olives with savory seasoned toasted almonds complement the sweetness and citrus notes of the sangria perfectly.
Top Tier Tapas
If you are new to the concept of tapas, don’t worry — you’re going to love them! Tapas are flavorful light plates meant for sampling and sharing, meant to be combined to make a full meal. Each plate brings unique fare and a taste that will leave you wanting more. I have a few favorites that I order on date night that I’ll let you in on.
Perfectly broiled baguettes covered in savory goat cheese and caramelized onion marmalade topped with prosciutto chips make up one of my favorite dishes at La Diosa. Crunchy, creamy, sweet and salty band together for the absolute perfect bite!
Pair with: McPherson Cellars “ La Herencia”
Crushed walnuts, red pepper flakes, dried mangos, plums and apricots are sprinkled on top of herbed cream cheese tapenade to create a delectable dessert pizza that breaks all of the pizza rules in the best way possible.
Pair with: McPherson Cellars “Les Espines” Rosé
Petite crab cakes drizzled with citrus sauce and thyme are an incredible snack, and, in my opinion, the best in town! With each crab cake being the perfect bite-size, you’re allowed to taste all the flavors in one fell swoop.
Pair with: McPherson Cellars Viognier
Don’t forget dessert! I personally never skip out on La Diosa’s key lime pie. This creamy, tangy treat is the perfect ending to any night out at this downtown gem.
If you’re looking to add a little international flavor to your “Hub City” visit, pop by the Depot Entertainment District and into La Diosa for a taste of their take on Spanish cuisine, Texas High Plains wine, and sommelier-curated wine list of international selections. Have a La Diosa Cellars favorite? Share it with us using #LiveLoveLubbock.
La Diosa Details
Location: 901 17th St.
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: noon – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday: noon – 11 p.m., First Sunday Jazz Brunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., every first Sunday of the month
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