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Oct 27, 2007 12:05 PM

Miami- What is the best Tapas bar?

I am looking for a Tapas place with great tasting tapas. Atmoshpere is of secondary importance....I am looking for great food! Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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  1. My hands down favorite - and it fits the bill to a tee - is El Carajo. Talk about great food, no atmosphere. It's in the back of the Citgo gas station at 17th Street and US1. Order the piquillos stuffed w/ bacalao and topped with a squid ink sauce.

    I have heard good things about Xixon on Coral Way but have not tried yet.

    There's another place on Giralda between LeJeune and Ponce whose name I can't recall (I believe it has Bodega in it).

    Untraditional but sort of fun is Canela Cafe on Biscayne Blvd. around 50th St.

    El Carajo International Tapas & Wine
    2465 SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33145

    2101 SW 22 ST, Miami, FL 33145

    5132 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

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    1. re: Frodnesor


      Went today to El Carajo for the second time. I asked about the piquillos with the squid ink, they told me they no longer made them. I had their piquillos (simply served with piquillo sauce) last time and they were good but I wonder how they compare to the ones recommended. Overall the tapas are very good, better than what I can get in SoBe, but I really wish we had gone when I first read about it because we overheard a waitress explaining to a disappointed customer on our first visit that the chef had changed and I remember reading somewhere on the board that the two brothers had had some problems. I wonder if the talent left to the other location...

      1. re: yomyb

        That's awful news. I'll have to go find the South Miami place and see if that's where the talent went.

        1. re: Frodnesor

          Where is the South Miami place located?

          1. re: jessicam29

            I think this is it..

            1180 SW 57th Ave
            West Miami, FL 33144

    2. I really like Casa Juancho on 8th street. They have authentic tapas and a full bar with music on the weekends.

      Also really good tapas but not a bar Delicias de Espana intersection of bird and red near Coral Gables. Delicias serves wine and beer (they have an extensive wine collection) but it is a brightly lit grocery store type of place with no music.

      1. Thanks for all of your suggestions!

        1. Xixon on Coral Way and 18th/19th (around there) is very good and authentic.
          the Garbanzos fritos are amazing. Also try the bacalao fritters.

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          1. re: jessicam29

            I liked my serrano ham bocadillo I had at Xixon.

          2. I like Tu Tu Tango in the Grove. Their menu is diverse and they always have good specials. Sitting on the outdoor deck while eating, drinking, and listening to the buzz of the Grove is a good time.