Do you know what’s really good? La Tortilla Española from Delicious de España.
My Mom makes really great breakfast omelets but it wasn’t until I visited my dad’s mother (La Gallega) in Glendale, California that I tried a Spanish Omelette (Tortilla Española) for the first time. At that point in my life, I thought all omelets were created equal.
She was born & raised in Spain and was a Flamenco dancer by trade (for you nosy types). I remember sitting there mesmerized watching her cut all the potatoes & onions and making one from scratch. Her Garlic Mayo, another creation my Dad loved and one that originally creeped me out due its greenish hue was excellent.
La Gallega passed away almost 20 years ago but whenever I’m in the mood for a Tortilla Española my first thought is to share it with my father, and even better if we go together to buy it.
If you’re not familiar with this dish which can be found all over Spain let me explain. There are variations on it like most things but just Potatoes is the classic version. The Potatoes are cooked in Olive Oil to a soft consistency in a semi-deep pan. After draining excess oil, eggs are mixed in with your Potatoes (and Onions, that’s up to you) and cooked with a small amount of Olive Oil. The Spanish Omelette looks like an amped up version of what you believe an Omelette to be. It can be eaten either Cold or Warm, it’s really up to you.
I prefer mine to have Patatas y Cebollas (Potatoes & Onions) but my Dad’s favorite is the Chorizo one. We both agree that eating it cold is best on some crusty bread with Garlic Mayo.
Sunday is his only day off so we’re more likely to be on a Tortilla Española adventure then. Our favorite spot is the Delicias de España in Kendall, right across the street from Dadeland Mall. It’s a full-fledged restaurant with a small market of products imported from Spain. Their Tortilla Española reminds me of the one La Gallega made us all those years ago.
We always stand in front of the display filled with those guys and then make an on the spot decision as to who’s coming home with us.
This time, my Dad’s favorite won out.
P.S.: My Dad learned how to make a mean Tortilla Española from La Gallega. If I beg him enough, he’ll make it for me.
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Delicias de España
4016 SW 57th Avenue Miami, FL 33155
Delicias de España 2
7384 SW 40th Street Miami, FL 33155
Delicias de España 3
8950 SW 74th Ct. – Suite 101 Miami, FL 33156