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November 7, 2009

Where to find Spanish coffee

Tio Pepe baltimoreA few months ago, Amie and I were at a restaurant in Costa Rica when we first spotted a waiter making Spanish coffee for a neighboring table. 

Watching him prepare the Spanish coffee was pretty wild -- it involved flames and liquor and heavy cream and general craziness. It's traditionally made table side, and is quite the show. Here is a Web site with all the ingredients and directions on how to make Spanish coffee.

The drink itself is super sweet and heavy, which, after a large dinner, almost made my stomach explode.

I had forgotten about Spanish coffee until Midnight Sunner Sarah asked me where she could get it in Baltimore ...

Tio Pepe (10 E. Franklin St.) claims to have the best one in town, and I don't doubt it. I tremble to think what it costs, but if you're eating at Tio Pepe, you're probably not worried about the bill.

And Patrick's (550 Cranbrook Road in Cockeysville) also does Spanish coffee, depending on who is working on a particular night. The woman who answered the phone said it's best to call ahead and ask before going. Their number is 410-683-0604.

So there are two options for you, Sarah. 

Any other places she should know about?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:32 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Wow, Sam, I got excited when I saw Tio Pepe's awesome early bird $12.95 dinners and $1.75 beers on your website link. Until I realized it was Tio Pepe's in Clearwater, FL. Is'nt that near Sam Seltzer's Steakhouse?

Sam, the Back Porch in Rehoboth does something similar. They call it the House Coffee and when we go one of us usually orders it instead of dessert and we share it. I believe they use different liqueurs, however.

(smacks forehead on desk)


Is'nt that near Sam Seltzer's Steakhouse?

Sufferin' succotash.

Er, last time I had coffee in España, it appears that my café had a lot less flames, cream, and craziness that you purport.

This is sounding to sound like that very French thing called French salad dressing...

I think Greg might be right. I never saw anything like that when I lived in Spain, but I wasn't looking for it either.

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