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Tamara's Café

  • 71 Market St. Map It
  • Apalachicola
  • Latin American

Known for

  • Latin-influenced cuisine, especially seafood
  • Tapas menu
  • Small but excellent dessert menu

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

Mixing Florida flavors with South American flair, Tamara, a native Venezuelan, opened this colorful bistro in a 1920s-era building in the 1990s and has been a local staple ever since. Now owned by her daughter and son-in-law, it continues to serve a menu reliable, Latin-accented Florida cuisine, especially seafood. The charming setting comes complete with a stamped-tin ceiling and original brick walls. For starters, try the creamy black-bean soup or the pleasantly spicy oyster stew; for dinner choose from seafood paella, prosciutto-wrapped salmon with mango-cilantro sauce, or margarita chicken and scallops with a tequila-lime glaze. All entrées come with black beans and rice, fresh vegetables, and focaccia bread, but if you still have room for dessert, try the fried-banana split or the tres leches (cake soaked in three types of milk), a South American favorite. The chef, who keeps watch over the dining room from an open kitchen, is happy to accommodate most any whim.

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71 Market St., Apalachicola, Florida, 32320, USA

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Published 07/06/2017


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