When Ernesto Llerandi and his wife Isbael Miranda started Delicias de Espana, it was a humble two-table restaurant. Isabel cooked all the traditional Spanish food, and on the side, the couple sold wine, olives, and other Spanish delicacies. Since its 1997 inception, the tiny creation has grown into three flourishing restaurant-grocery store hybrids, all of them sharing the following highlights:
Meat dishes almost as big as you are: The chefs craft meals ranging from an approachable, chorizo-studded Spanish omelet to an entire roasted piglet.
Authentically Spanish seafood: Much like clouds that are only permitted to rain on celebrities once a month, the eatery's seafood is delivered from Spain's Cantabrian Sea twice a week. Try the roasted sea bass, or squid served in their own ink.
Meals, even at the crack of dawn: The culinary team whips up eggy Spanish breakfasts in the morning. For example, scrambled eggs with Serrano ham and fries, or fried eggs in Spanish sauce, dubbed "eggs a la Flamenca."
The in-house grocery store: On a visit, or a cyber-visit to the online store, visitors can pick up imported Spanish wine, paella-making supplies, and bone-in Ibérico ham.