The Best Tapas!

Xixon Cafe

Who knew Spain was so close!? Xixon Cafe in Miami (Coral Way and 21st Avenue) is your ticket to a night out in Espana.  It’s my favorite place for authentic tapas and you can always count on having a good meal here; it’s very consistent.  
Xixon is located at the ground floor of a multi- purpose building with valet and street parking available- although valet is probably your best bet here.  The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating.  It’s great for both large and small groups or an intimate party of two.  Also, there’s a nice seating area indoors on the bottom level, the vinoteca, where you can view and pick out your wine bottle from their cellar.  When you’re there make sure to check out their gourmet market as well to take some Spanish treats home with you. 
Slices of Manchego Cheese and Chorizo
Outside Dining Area

A Glass of Cava and a Margarita
On this visit to Xixon, they were offering happy hour specials, so I was quick to get a glass of cava at half price and my other half ordered a margarita.  

Huevos Rotos Con Jamón: Broken Eggs & Spanish Ham over Potatoes
This dish is one of my favorites at Xixon! It’s Heuvos Rotos con Jamon! It encompasses all of my favorite things, eggs, chips, jamon serrano, and potatoes.  This dish is a must!! It’s a classic Spanish tapa.  The magic happens when you break the egg yolk!
Boquerones: Anchovies
Boquerones: Anchovies
 If you’re into anchovies you’ll love this dish! It’s simple but tastes great and I used the bread they brought to the table to dip in the sauce and eat with the anchovies.  Yum!

Pulpo A La Gallega: Chunks of Octopus over Sliced Potatoes
This is another winner! I order this time almost every time I go to Xixon.  It’s seasoned well and the octopus is very light and tender. 

Gambas al Ajillo: Sauteed Shrimp in Garlic
A classic dish at any Spanish restaurant! Sauteed shrimp in garlic.

Alcachofas Salteadas Con Foie: Sautéed Artichokes in Pedro Ximenes Sauce and Foie Gras
Now, this was a different dish and the first time I’ve ordered it here.  It’s sauteed artichokes in wine and foie gras.  I know it sounds a little strange but we were pleasantly surprised.  It was actually very good and unique; it’s worth a try if you’re still hungry!

Sangria
 What can I say, Happy Hour specials were still going on! 😉 
On a serious note, the sangria was just right.  Unfortunately, I’ve been disappointed with the sangria I’ve had recently at other “Spanish” restaurants but this one was spot on.
Datiles con Bacon: Bacon Wrapped Dates
So, usually bacon wrapped dates are pretty much a home run, but unfortunately these were not my favorite.  However, it was because they were stuffed with blue cheese.  So if you’re a fan of blue cheese you might like these.

Solomillo De Cerdo: grilled pork with cabrales sauce
Another ‘ok’ dish was the grilled pork with blue cheese sauce.  I can definitely appreciate the tender pork but there are better dishes to order here.  Although it had a blue cheese sauce on it, it wasn’t very strong so it didn’t overwhelm the palate.

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Xixon’s menu is very extensive, so you can frequent this restaurant many times and still discover other dishes.  I would definitely recommend a visit to Xixon for authentic tapas and a nice ambiance!

Xixon Cafe
2101 SW 22 Street
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 854-9350
http://www.xixoncafe.com

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