Taking a Tapas Journey

In Miami we don’t do anything half-assed. We go big, or we go home. For instance… We don’t have one measly restaurant week; we have Miami Spice, a two-month promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine! We don’t limit ourselves to one spa month; Miami Spa Month lasts for two months, despite its name! We don’t host just any old food or art festivals; we host the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and Art Basel Miami Beach! We don’t have normal economic downturns; we launch all-out fiscal crises, especially when it comes to real estate booms and busts! (OK, so maybe that last one wasn’t the best example.) And finally, we don’t just do your run-of-the-mill pub or restaurant crawls; we do tapas journeys!

Case in point, the Estrella Damm Tapas Journey. In Spain, la madre patria of Estrella Damm beer, it’s a ritual for friends and family to get together to tapear, and to share this fun and tasty tradition with Miami, Estrella Damm is launching the Estrella Damm Tapas Journey. For the entire month of September, Miami foodies and beer lovers alike can enjoy three mouthwatering, signature tapas and one Estrella Damm beer for $20 at participating restaurants in the Brickell/Downtown area.

Barú Urbano_Estrella Damm     OTC_Estrella Damm 2     Piola_Estrella Damm

From Spanish cured meats, to stuffed peppers and grilled veal, each venue will put its own spin on traditional tapas, while highlighting favorites from their signature menus. Staying true to its ties to the culinary world, Estrella Damm is passionate about bringing the community together in a social atmosphere to explore the wide variety of restaurants in the heart of Miami.

Participating venues include: 100 Montaditos, Biscayne Tavern, El Carajo, Elwoods Gastropub, La Loggia, OTC, Perfecto, Rice House of Kabob, Tapas Benidorm, Xixón Spanish Restaurant, Segafredo Brickell, Piola, Barú Urbano, Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue and Spaghettino.

Mitch’s Recommendation: I had the pleasure of experiencing a Tapas Journey walking tour the other night, and as the lover of all things Spain that you’ve come to know me to be, I had a blast! I was totally brought back to my days of tapeando in Granada, or Sevilla, or Madrid, or Valencia, or Barcelona, or… OK, OK. But, for real, I think this is such a great idea and am so happy that it’s come to Miami. Whether or not you want to make it a full-blown crawl or just stop in somewhere for a beer and appetizers before heading out to dinner, the Tapas Journey is a great deal. It’s only here through the end of the month, so don’t miss out!

Standout Dishes
On my walking tour, I visited a OTC, Rice House of Kabob, Tapas Benidorm, Piola, Barú Urbano, and Spaghettino. As you can see, a mix of traditional and non-traditional tapas restaurants. While they were all great, there were two menus that really stood out in my mind.

The traditionalist in me loved Tapas Benidorm’s offerings: Burrata with Ham and Anchovies, Cod Fish Carpaccio, and Baby Eel and Scallops.

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Tapas Benidorm_Baby Eel & Scallops      Tapas Benidorm_Tapas Journey

The foodie in me loved OTC’s offerings: Truffle Fries, Thai Style Chicken Wings, and Charred Eggplant Dip.

OTC_Estrella Damm 1      OTC_Tapas Journey

For a full view of my Tapas Journey experience, check out the gallery below.

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