Xixón Spanish Restaurant
Miami, FL 33145
Photo by Michael McElroy
- Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 10 p.m.
- Wheelchair accessible, Business Dining, Catering, Free Wifi, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
- Lunch, Dinner
- Full bar
- Metered Parking, Street Parking, Valet Parking
- Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Whether you're into almejas en salsa verde (steamed clams in green sauce), empanadas de atún (tuna empanadas), or Andaluz gazpacho (a spicy version of this cold soup), Xixón Spanish Restaurant is one of the few places that delivers northern Spanish fare directly to Miami. The concept opened in 2001 as a market but today has grown to include a fine-dining establishment complete with a wine cellar that looks as though you've been spirited off to the country's finest winery. Choose a bottle to enjoy during lunch, or grab one to-go. The market on the first floor of this two-story space offers a deli counter serving fresh-carved jamó and an assortment of Spanish cheeses, all of which you can turn into a sandwich. There's also plenty of fine Spanish olive oils and spices you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in town. But you might want to visit just for the rice dishes: The menu also offers four kinds of paella, including an arroz con bogavante rife with shrimp, clams, mussels, squid, and Maine lobster. If you still have room for postre, an expansive dessert menu lists more than a dozen unique sweets, including a carpaccio de piña topped with house-made mint ice cream. Insider tip: Go on Saturday, when Xixón serves the Asturian fabada, a traditional take on the rich bean stew, with white fava beans, blood sausage, chorizo, and a salty Jabugo ham that simmers for hours in a hearty saffron-spiked broth. The dish is so labor-intensive it's made only once a week. The same goes for the steak tartare, which uses ingredients so fresh the dish is available only Wednesday.)
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