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Best Tapas in Miami area

foodbulous Aug 6, 2010 04:59 AM

Anyone know about El Pimiento?

El Pimiento
16403 NW 67th Ave, Miami Lakes, FL 33014

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    morganeats Oct 20, 2010 12:23 PM

    Xixon is best for tapas bar vibe. Its really the only place that has a legit tapas bar that ive been to. Service is iffy there but they have some good traditional food.
    I like El Carajo on 17th and US1 in the gas station. The ambiance is suprisingly fine and i generally enjoy my food (good wine selection).
    I also like taberna giralda but not so much bc of the food. I really more just like the people there and the music. Everyone is very nice and its lively.
    Solea was sooooo good when I went last month but def not the tapas bar vibe (best sardines Ive had in miami by far)

    2101 SW 22 ST, Miami, FL 33145

    1. Frodnesor Aug 7, 2010 01:59 PM

      I have been growing increasingly fond of Taberna Giralda in Coral Gables (unsurprisingly, on Giralda Ave. - a block west of Ponce). Straight-ahead traditional stuff, but mostly pretty good, and reasonable prices. I like their buñuelos de bacalao, good rendition of patatas bravas, garbanzos fritos, callos, ensalada rusa, fried egglant w honey, revueltos with a variety of items (I like the morcilla & potato, but the shrimp & spinach was also interesting); only real complaint is that the quality of the seafood items can be unpredictable.

      I also had a very good experience at Rincon Asturiano on 17th Avenue ->

      I had several good meals at Xixon before they moved up the street along Coral Way, my last post-visit move was somewhat mixed. I need to go back and see if they've worked the kinks out.

      Copas y Tapas has a very short selection of tapas and focuses more on bocatas (sandwiches), but they make excellent callos, very nice tortilla, and a really luscious ensalada rusa.

      I'm usually at Por Fin for lunch and really haven't explored the full range of their tapas offerings, but I have tried a few things: they do a great pan con tomate, which comes with manchego & jamon serrano, and also very nice croquetas.

      I'm very fond of Sra. Martinez for more upscale, contemporary tapas and you'll find much about it on this board, or here ->

      I also had some good food at Solea in the W South Beach (chef used to be at Por Fin) but it has more of a feel of a full-blown restaurant than a tapas bar.

      2101 SW 22 ST, Miami, FL 33145

      Por Fin
      2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134

      Sra. Martinez
      4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

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      1. re: Frodnesor
        madtheswine Aug 8, 2010 07:00 AM

        Pimento's a solid tapas place. Never had a bad tapas platter there though I would say their garlic shrimp tapa is just okay. Cod croquettes are outstanding as are their tostones rellenos with shrimp. Their chairs are a bit uncomfortable but it is definitely worth the trip.

        1. re: madtheswine
          tpigeon Aug 8, 2010 09:40 AM

          Solea should be thrown into the mix.

          1. re: tpigeon
            Blind Mind Aug 11, 2010 05:51 PM

            Agreed but also agree w/ Frod that it doesnt have the tapas bar vibe.

            1. re: Blind Mind
              tpigeon Aug 11, 2010 07:04 PM

              I agree with that as well so that makes 3.

        2. re: Frodnesor
          OysterHo Oct 17, 2010 02:48 PM

          We tried El Rincon Asturiano today and loved it!

          We had the potatas bravas which came with a spicy smokey paprika sauce and aioli, Pimientos de Piquillo rellenos, and Migas de Bacalao (shredded cod fish). The stuffed peppers were definitely our favorites - outstanding! For something deep fried and stuffed, it was very delicate. The potatoes and codfish were excellent too.

          After lunch we ordered cafe con leche and a cordito. Also we had cava, a rioja (by the glass) which was excellent (and I can't remember which one, possibly the 904), and stella artois beer. The cava by the glass which actually came in a small bottle was pretty standard (we buy that at Crown - Segura Vierdas?) but they recommended the rioja - that was a great pairing.

          We sat at the bar and watched the dolphin game. Nice way to spend a Sunday. :) Too bad for Xixon that they're closed on Sundays. This place was hopping! I can't wait to go back and try more dishes. They are quite generous with their portions so I'm glad we didn't order more. For two people it was more than enough (and a basket of bread).


          El Rincon Asturiano
          225 SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33135

        3. OysterHo Aug 7, 2010 12:27 PM

          I've only been to 3 places in MIA for tapas that I loved. Xixon, Por Fin, and Sra. Martinez. I live in Boca so I don't get down there as much as I'd like. Can't help you with that one.

          2101 SW 22 ST, Miami, FL 33145

          Por Fin
          2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134

          Sra. Martinez
          4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

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