Tapas are the classic small plates of Spain. According to one of several origin legends the tapas tradition began in Seville with a clever bartender who popped a slice of bread covered with a tasty morsel atop of a glass of sherry to keep the flies out. Hence the term “tapas.” His innovation, like that of so many, was copied. The result: an informal competition among “tapas bars” to see who could offer the best. While we don’t have many good tapas bars in San Diego, certainly not enough for a classic Spanish “tapas crawl,” perhaps the one that best exemplifies the tapas spirit is Cueva Bar (2123 Adams Ave.) in University Heights.