I attended a dinner earlier this week with my foodie friends at the quirkiest little spot in 5-points called Tapa That!
The restaurant is very cozy and has the cutest original pieces of artwork ordaining the entire space.
Check out these adorable Homemade High Heel cards!!!
I mean how cute is that?!!?!
A few months back I attended a Bacon themed dinner at Tapa That and was blown away by how delicious the food was so when my friend Nate decided to host this delectable, 6-course "Nom Nom Dinner" event that incorporated Bacon and Smoke, I knew I was going to be there, no questions asked! Needless to say, the food was amazing!
Here's what we had:
Course #1: Bacon Mushroom Bisque with Bacon Crostini & Panchetta Creme Fresh
This was a perfect starter! It's been a little chilly in Jacksonville lately and this warm, savory bisque with bits of bacon and mushroom throughout, was so delicious and comforting. It kinda adds meaning to "Comfort Food"!
Course # 2: Bacon Salad Bowl
Let me just say that I'm glad I live no where near this place because I would get myself in trouble with this salad. Even though it's loaded with bacon, I could see myself trying to justify eating it every day because after all it is a "salad"! The bowl itself is bacon and the salad consists of baby spinach, dried cranberries, goat cheese crumbles, and a bacon-shallot vinaigrette! YUM!
Course # 3: Smoked Sausage and Apple Bruschetta
Again, I'm glad this was bite sized! It was the perfect bite with tons of flavor. French bread with brie, smoked sausage, raspberry-jalepeno glazed apples, and a drizzle of balsamic sounds like perfection to me!
Course #4: Smoked Chicken Breast Kale and Strawberry Salad
This dish was freggin' amazing! The kale had avacado oil and spinkles of quinoa which added nice texture to the salad, the dressing was a citrus-garlic vinaigrette....you had me at garlic, and the chicken was very moist and seasoned to perfection. However, the star of this dish was the strawberry!!! These had to be the sweetest strawberries I have ever eaten and after speaking to Nate afterwards, I learned that the chef put Agave Nectar on them. I will be trying this at home!!!
Course #5: Asian Braised Short Ribs with Cabbage and Red Pepper Slaw
It's so funny that once this dish came out, the room was silently for about 60 seconds while everyone inhaled it! It was soooo GOOD!!! The short ribs were so tender and the glaze on them was sweet and went perfect with the coconut rice and slaw! Delicious!
Course #6: Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie
Pecan Pie is probably my favorite kind of pie so I was looking forward to this dish the most! It certainly didn't disappoint. The best part was that you could really taste every aspect of this pie from the smoky pecans to the maple bourbon!
We had an awesome time as always, eating and being silly! It's always good times when food is involved!
I recently saw the Tapa That made the list for Jacksonville's Top 50 Restaurants and I completely agree! I haven't had a thing from there I didn't like. The next time I go will be for bottomless mimosas during their brunch! As always thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!