Centro Tapas Bar

Nick and I enjoyed a lovely evening outside on Friday night in Federal Hill.

I am always game for sangria and tapas so when I heard about Centro I had to check it out.

The menu is extensive and we took our time making or plan of attack over a glass of sangria.

001 We started off with a trio of cheeses and some Spanish olives.

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Manchego 12 Month  (D.O)  ||   semi-hard sheep’s milk cheese-peppery, zesty, full of robust flavor
Cabrales (D.O.P)  ||   blue cheese from the Asturias region-made with cow, goat and sheep’s milk, semi-hard, crumbly texture, aged 2-6 months in limestone caves, unpasteurized
Murcia al Vino (“The Drunken Goat”)  ||   semi-soft goat cheese, sweet, buttery, smooth, wine cured

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Next we split a lovely salad

003 Ensalada Hinojo y Manzana $6  ||    salad of shaved fennel, granny smith apple, marcona almonds, baby arugula, Pedro Ximenez vinaigrette

I loved these almonds!

Up next… mushroom stuffed sweet peppers and spinach and chickpeas.

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Pimientos del Piquillos Rellenos $7   ||   sweet roasted red peppers stuffed with wild mushrooms, cava cream sauce

006 Espinacas Salteadas $6   ||   sautéed spinach, chickpeas, dates, pine nut butter

Nick and I both agreed this was our favorite dish, and he doesn’t even like cooked spinach or chickpeas!

Then we waited and waited for our remaining main dishes…apparently things got a little backed up in the kitchen.

Arepa Mechada $8   ||   Venezuelan corn masa topped with pulled oxtail meat, fried egg, avocado – NOT PICTURED007 Calamares en su Tinta $7   ||   sautéed baby squid in its own ink, sticky calasparra rice

The squid was not as good as we had hoped and the oxtail would have been better with less masa.

We also got a special snook fish that came with bay potatoes that tasted like pure butter.  There was supposed to be saffron in them, but I could not taste it.

I also had a glass of sustainable pinot noir from Chile that was delicious.

We ended the night with a flourless chocolate almond cake that was not overpowering and very almondy.  I enjoyed the light end to the evening.

Overall I love tapas and sharing flavors, but I wish they all didn’t have so much oil.  I can defiantly start to weigh me down.

It was a great experience and a nice night to eat outside.

IN OTHER NEWS…if you live in Baltimore and want a dog please come see Stitch at BARCS!

015 How cute are those ears!

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2 Comments on “Centro Tapas Bar”

  1. Moma Beans says:

    Lily beans…tapas are fun…the first place I had tapas in Spain was a wonderful little town called Mojacar..it is magical….got to know some of the locals too…lots of fun…our tasting menu at Woodfire Grill was like tapas. No need to stuff yourself with large dishes. Had a lovely Sunday dinner tonight – WFM chicken paillard marinated in EVO, lemon, rosemary and a little garlic…cooked on the grilla machine…greens from Lauren’s garden..and a soup with leeks, turnips and a green…fresh strawberries..and Vernaccia di San Giminanio! Do you remember when we went there..and then had dinner in Cerltaldo Alto – you and Ann had breadsticks sticking out of your ears..the Vernaccia was $5! and we got pretty lost on the way back to Villa Alzato. I am definitely bitten by the Italy bug…with Veruska moving back there and Becky going for two weeks…mi piace molto! Te Amo…moma beans

  2. Moma Beans says:

    Stich…here’s to a great home for you, filled with lots of love.


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