Best Tapas Restaurants in Miami
Who knew Asian gastropub-inspired street food by three guys and a little pig would turn a location once doomed to fail into a local tavern and Miami Beach favorite? Pubbelly revolutionized the small plates concept in Miami, paving the way for non-Spanish places to stand a chance. Their fare consists of small plates of homemade sausages, specialty terrines, and dates avec chorizo complimented by the original tapas counterpart: wine. Or in the case of Pubbelly, which has undoubtedly created a demand for Asian tapas, sake. Pubbelly is changing the world of tapas one restaurant at a time, and we can't get enough.
Being from Spain, I'm somewhat biased. Spanish places that manage to stand out and make me want to go back are a dime a dozen. With the Pubbelly boys behind this concept, it's no wonder that it would follow their Asian alternative. What's most surprising about this place is that there's no similarity to the food presented at Pubbelly. One is completely Asian, and the other completely Spanish. Its dishes speak Castillian through a different dialect of flavors. It's also refreshing to find a place on the beach, and with a small plates concept that doesn't charge you for their monthly rent, although they do charge for pan con tomate, or toasted baguette bread with garlic, olive oil, and tomato. It's probably the first time you won't mind paying for bread however. You'll order more to dab into their modern interpretation of pulpo a la gallega. Their octopus, amongst other reasons, is why Barceloneta takes the number three spot. We won'tsay more. You just have to try it for yourself.
It's about time that Miami is introduced to tapas from the viewpoint and execution of chef, TV personality, and restaurateur Jose Andres. With a menu that's been thoughtfully and beautifully divided into intricate sections, Jose Andres's the Bazaar has done admirable things since opening last year at the SLS Hotel. Here exist all the traditional and old-fashioned flair of what Spanish tapas once were -- but now they are infused with flavors and influences from other parts of the world. Jose Andres has created a place that is a close second. It doesn't hurt that he's thought up of 60 dishes that look and taste like a million bucks, but cost under $60.
3881 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, FL