Emilio's Tapas Sol Y Nieve

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Emilio's Tapas Sol Y Nieve
Photo: Martha Williams

The namesake chef behind this Streeterville staple knows a thing or two about tapas—the Spaniard was the opening chef for Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!, Chicago’s first tapas spot. Here at his solo venture, classics still rule the show: salty-sweet, bacon-wrapped dates in roasted red-pepper sauce, killer garlic potatoes, crusty bread topped with tangy tomatoes and whisper-thin jamón serrano, and perfectly grilled shrimp in garlic butter. Skip the too-rich goat cheese–eggplant rolls and the oversauced spicy potatoes, but don’t miss the velvety flan.


Venue name: Emilio's Tapas Sol Y Nieve
Address: 215 E Ohio St
Cross street: between St. Clair St and Fairbanks Ct
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun noon-10pm
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 3, 29, 65, 66, 124, 145, 146, 147, 151, 157.
Price: Average tapa: $10
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