Tapas Valencia – Vibrant Spanish Food and Vibe – South Loop, Chicago

Yesterday was a damp and rainy Sunday but, still, I was itching to get out and enjoy a nice brunch.  Unfortunately, my fabulous friend and usual brunch buddy, Barbara, was not feeling well enough to join me (Feel better, girl!).  Nevertheless, I got dressed, enhanced my smile with a bit of lipstick and headed out for a solo brunch at Tapas Valencia in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.

 

Tapas Valencia

 

Tapas Valencia is located just 3 blocks

south of the Roosevelt ‘L’ stop which serves the CTA Red, Green and Orange Lines.  So, it is very accessible to reach without a car.  Since the South Loop is my neighborhood, I walked over 🙂

 

Roosevelt 'L' stop near Tapas Valencia

Tapas Valencia is getting ready to celebrate its 6th anniversary and it is one of the very best restaurants in the South Loop.  I have enjoyed many tapas, full entrees, drinks and desserts with friends and family here over the years.  I am happy to report the food, lovely staff and festive vibe remain consistently wonderful.  This is due in no small part to Jose Rodriguez who is the Managing Partner at Tapas Valencia.  Also, I would like to point out that Tapas Valencia has managed to keep its price point down, offering great value.  I cannot tell you what a joy it is for a change to have brunch (without cocktails) for less than $20!  

Until yesterday, I had not tried the brunch menu at Tapas Valencia.  I should point out that while there are typical brunch specials, the entire menu is available during the brunch hours which is very cool, since there are so many delicious plates to devour here.

Here is how my brunch went down:

Since I was interested primarily in the brunch offerings, I ordered the Spanish benedict which included 2 perfectly poached eggs on brioche rolls along with Butifara sliced sausage (a Spanish sausage which is brought in from Miami), a deliciously layered cream sauce made from butter, shallots, white wine, parmesan cheese, heavy whipping cream, cayenne and white pepper.  The onion/potato cake which accompanied the Spanish benedict was served over a yummy, spicy Romesco sauce.  Hey, eggs benedict lovers!  You want this dish!

 

Tapas Valencia's Spanish benedict

The cream sauce for this Spanish benedict is made with butter, shallots, white wine, parmesan cheese, heavy whipping cream, cayenne pepper and white pepper 🙂

 

Tapas Valencia's eggs benedict

Everything about this Spanish benedict is delicious, especially the Butifara sausage which is a Spanish sausage.

 

Tapas Valencia's brunch menu

This accompanying onion/potato cake over spicy Romesco sauce is fabulous!

 

Tapas Valencia's eggs

Hungry yet?

 

Wow!  Did I make the right choice.  I love the flavors at this Spanish restaurant.  Que delicioso!  I want to thank Margarita, my lovely server, for making me feel so welcome and taking time to help me choose my meal 🙂

 

Tapas Valencias' brunch items

Brunch at Tapas Valencia is not limited to these brunch/breakfast items. The entire menu is available, too!

 

As I mentioned earlier, Tapas Valencia is a colorful space with really pretty mosaics on the walls.  The room is very large, bright and airy.   

 

Tapas Valencia's dining room

 

Tapas Valencia's tables

Sunny window seating is available 🙂

 

Tapas Valencia's decor

 

Tapas Valencia's seating

Sunny window tables are available.

 

Tapas Valencia has a huge and fun bar area where you can also dine.  There are daily drink specials to enjoy.  I particularly like their tasty cocktailsl.  You should definitely check them out.  

On Saturday nights there is live music.  A guitarist performs from 7-8pm.  Then, there is a flamenco performance from 8-10pm.  So, if you can’t hop a plane to Spain, drop in and soak up the culture at Tapas Valencia!

 

Tapas Valencia's bar

The bar at Tapas Valencia

 

Tapas Valencia's drink specials

Tapas Valencia is such a festive spot all week long. Check out their current drink specials

Tapas Valencia's mimosas

 

Tapas Valencia's colorful space

 

Tapas Valencia's mosaics

Love the colorful mosaics throughout the restaurant!

 

Tapas Valencia's murals

 

Tapas Valencia South Loop

Although I did not have a brunch cocktail or a full dessert, I was treated to a small “taste” of a few of the dessert options.  Check out the little beauties on this plate:

 

Tapas Valencia's desserts

Just a tiny “taste” of the Tarta Pera (almond pound cake, pear, caramel sauce and ice cream); Tarta de Pecanas (cheese cake with pecans, bittersweet chocolate and caramel sauce) and Tarta de Chocolate y Caramelo (warm bittersweet chocolate & caramel custard baked in hazelnut tart crust w/ raspberry sauce). You’re welcome!

Tapas Valencia offers several gluten free and vegetarian menu items.  Also, they are able to modify some existing menu items to be gluten free or vegetarian.  You need only ask 🙂

Tapas Valencia is located at 1530  S. State Street.  Click here for more information.

Looking for other great Spanish restaurants in Chicago?  Read my posts about Salero and Mercat a la Planxa.

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Green, Red or Orange Lines to Tapas Valencia.  Save gas money.  Avoid traffic, road rage and parking.  Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!

 

 

  • Tapas Valencia sounds fantastic! I need to check it out next time I’m in the area. Thanks for sharing!

  • Barbara Covell

    Melissa, oh I am very sorry I was under the weather yesterday, I love going to Tapas Valencia and will always remember our dinner when we introduced my neices to Spanish tapas. Now that they are over 21 they can’t wait to come back and try Tapas Valencia’s Sangria and explore more of their delicious tapas.