Tapas comes from the Spanish word tapar,which means ‘to cover’ or ‘top’. There are two types of tapas – hot or cold and both have become popular attributes of Spanish restaurants in San Francisco. This is quite an unusual example of how traditional dishes can be evolved into refined cuisine since tapas were initially designed as snacks for a long trip. Here in San Francisco, they became a symbol of everlasting summer and hot days. Here are our top picks for tapas in the city.