A sample from the menu at Barceloneta in South Beach, Miami.
My biggest qualm with tapas is that I always walk away hungry. You order 10 things and feel like you need to stop at McDonald's on the way home. Fortunately this isn't the case with Barceloneta, as my group and I tried a series of plates that were filling without being too heavy. The offerings never felt overwhelming, flavors were always interesting, and the variety was something to marvel at.
The Barceloneta pulpo a feira was delicious, the potato foam uniquely complementing the octopus and chorizo. But the true standout was the gambas con chocolate, the oversized shrimp served (in true Barcelona fashion) with the heads still intact. The preparation and flavors were unique and complex, with the freshness of the fish offset by a rich chocolate picada sauce.