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Tapas & Tintos Midtown

3535 NE 2nd Avenue,  Midtown Miami.


Fun, music and food in a Spanish resto-lounge atmosphere
































by   Simone Zarmati Diament 

Local restaurateurs Nicolas De Justo and Fernando Jimenez have opened a second location of Tapas & Tintos in Midtown Miami — the first is in Miami Beach.  The resto-lounge’s logo: a black bull in a red board glows at night over the sidewalk terrace, and the sounds of live music — from flamenco to Latin jazz, draws locals and tourists to what was once an industrial neighborhood.

Inside, simple tables in a funky Spanish-like  atmosphere:  walls hung with vintage Almodóvar film posters, Spanish comic strips and nostalgic album covers; an oversized cherry red lighting structure made with large disks of actual bull horns, and  Tapas & Tintos’ outdoor terrace with lounge seating for dining al fresco and a small stage for live performances.

Tapas & Tintos Midtown Executive Chef Fernando Andres has created a vast menu of over 50 cold and hot tapas with a smaller section of paellas and fish entrees.

The wine list is entirely Spanish, and very reasonably priced and offers sangria and cocktails that pair well with the menu’s items like Jamón Iberico de Bellota, a.k.a. Pata Negra ($44.95);  Garbanzos con chorizo, a piping hot casserole of chickpeas, garlic, smoky Spanish chorizo and tomato ($8.25); Gambas al Ajillo, shrimp sautéed with garlic and extra virgin Spanish olive oil ($10.95); Pimientos del Piquillo Rellenos, piquillo peppers stuffed with cod fish ($8.75); Patatas Bravas, sautéed potatoes with skin topped with a spicy tomato sauce ($6.50); Queso de Cabra al Horno, baked goat cheese served with tomatoes and a garlic sauce ($10.25); Dedos del Diablo, lightly breaded and fried jumbo shrimp stuffed with Serrano ham, goat cheese and served with a tomato salad and avocados ($13.75); and Huevos Calientes, a hearty mix of Spanish chorizo and potatoes topped with fried eggs ($8.50).

“Ensaladas” (salads) list Ensalada del Rey, potato, avocado, Morrón pepper and mussels in a vinaigrette sauce ($10.50); Desesperada, mixed greens, onions, walnuts, pear slices, Cabrales cheese served with a homemade raspberry vinaigrette dressing ($11.50); and Ensalada Ibiza, mixed greens, medium-rare tuna strips, black pepper, drizzled with an Ibiza-style mango vinaigrette sauce ($12.95); and the popular summer dish Melón con Jamón, Serrano ham served over cantaloupe melon ($11.95).

For entrees there’s grilled seafood and fish as well as Rice dishes and Paella — all meant to be shared — such as  Arroz Negro, squid ink-blackened paella ($38.45);  Paella Bogavante served with Spanish main lobster ($58.95); Fideua, a pasta-based paella with fish, calamari and vegetables ($39.95); Arroz al Horno, an oven-baked rice dish with pork, morcilla, chick peas and potatoes ($31.95); and a classic Paella Valenciana Mixta served with seafood, pork, chicken, vegetables and finished with saffron ($37.95).

Desserts ($4.95) are traditional:    what I liked best;  Queso tetilla with Quince Jelly, honey, roasted nuts and slivered almonds.Crema Catalana;  Tarta Gallega de Chocolate ; Flan, a caramel custard with a Spanish twist;       Tarta de Santiago, a sweet almond pie sprinkled with powdered sugar and an imprint of the Cross of Saint James (Cruz de Santiago de Compostela).

Tapas & Tintos offers a two-course lunch menu ($10) from noon to 3 p.m. as well as happy hour promotions such as two-for-one cocktails and $1 draft beer on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Weekly live music and Flamenco dancers including  a “Rock en Español” band led by Patricio Suárez Vértiz on Saturdays and a Sunday brunch with paella made à la minute and a glass of Cava or Sangria ($10.99) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday.

Tapas & Tintos Midtown is located at 3535 NE 2nd Avenue in Midtown Miami. The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner. Hours are Monday - Wednesday from noon to 2 a.m.; Thursday – Saturday from noon to 4 a.m.; Sunday from noon to midnight. For reservations, please call 305.392.0506.

Tapas & Tintos South Beach is located at 448 Española Way in Miami Beach. The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner. Hours are Monday - Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Wednesday from noon to 3 a.m.; Thursday from noon to 4 a.m.; Friday - Saturday from noon to 4:30 a.m.; Sunday from noon to 2 a.m. For reservations, please call 305.538.8272.



Tapas & Tintos Midtown

3535 NE 2nd Avenue,  Midtown Miami.



The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner. Hours are Monday - Wednesday from noon to 2 a.m.; Thursday – Saturday from noon to 4 a.m.; Sunday from noon to midnight.

 Live music, Sunday brunch.


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