Best Tapas Restaurants in Miami
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The word tapa comes from the act of covering (tapar). Eateries long displayed delectable Spanish meats like chorizo, lomo, and jamon Serrano beside their cheesy sidekicks, manchego and tetilla. It was something for wine drinkers to pick at. Because flies enjoy wine as much as much as we do, restaurateurs used tapas to cover the glasses. The more people drank, the more tapas they ate, and vice versa. And tapas culture was born.
Tapas were one of the most annoying food trends of last year. Not because we don't love them. We do. But because too many places label and serve appetizers as tapas, while, hiking up the price.
It's because of this that we can appreciate the places that want to carry on the culture. And so we share with you our list of the 10 best tapas places in Miami.
10. Las Tapas de Rosa
You wouldn't expect to find a genuine Spanish place next to a Domino's pizza in an 8th street strip mall. Well, expect the unexpected, along with very decent prices. Owner Rosa, or Rosita, as loyal clients refer to her, is as lovable and exciting as the food she puts out. The tortilla de patata screams of Spain, as its hollow, gooey middle leaves the everyday omelet behind.
The best thing about tapas is the endless surplus of bread that accompanies them. This place has exceptional pan that qualifies it as a best tapas destination. And dipping it into the garlic residue from gambas al ajillo will transport you from their Coral Way location to a courtyard in Spain. Lunch specials on weekdays include three courses for only $10. Try finding a three course meal for that much in the Iberian Peninsula.
Tapas & Tintos has the perfect location for what it claims to be, which is authentic Spanish. Situated on the lively Espanola Way, this place feeds off surrounding area and businesses that bring about constant foot traffic. During the World Cup, in which Spain came out as world champions, this was the place to be. Locals looking to get sedated from one too many glasses of sangria accompanied by classic Spanish staples can count on Tapas y Tintos to do the trick. It doesn't hurt that they have daily events such as happy hour, flamenco, and live music. There are even paella brunches, although we personally love their queso de cabra.
3881 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, FL