What are tapas?

Some Spanish traditions will always confound tourists. Eating lunch as late as 3pm and dinner as late as 11pm are two such examples. Tapas, also known as pinchos or pintxhos in the Basque country, are normally consist of a sliced piece of baguette topped by any variation of seafood, ham, or omelette but also can simply be small portions of grilled meat, seafood, or patatas bravas.