100 Favorite Dishes: No. 73 -- Tapas Sharing Platter From Johnny V

As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 73: Tapas Sharing Platter from Johnny V

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Charlie loves a good cheese. Hard, soft, mild, bold; we don't discriminate. Johnny V has an extensive cheese menu that includes cheese from around the world. But when this overwhelms, we opt for Johnny V's signature Tapas Sharing Platter. 

A small cup of roasted garlic marinated olives sits atop a white plate lined with several kinds of meats and cheeses: grilled chorizo, jamon serrano, mahon, manchego, cabrales, and idiazabel cheeses.

Order with your dining companion and challenge each other to different combinations: buttery manchego with salty serrano ham wrapped around it. Creamy and crumbly cabrales piled on top of chorizo, followed by a nibble of olive. Mmm, tapas heaven!


Johnny V Restaurant

625 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Previous 100 favorite dishes:
No. 79: The Aileen Special from Undergrounds Coffeehaus
No. 80: Insalata Caprese from Fiorentina
No. 81: Angus and Brie Burger from Gilbert's 17th Street Grill
No. 82: Pulled Pork Sliders from Gratify American GastroPub
No. 83: Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero From Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
No. 85: Rock Shrimp from Bahama Mama
No. 86: The Grease Beast from Grease Burger

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Johnny V Restaurant

625 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

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ted inserra
ted inserra

Mr. Dennis, i do know your name....van..........will not reveal it because i respect your wishes....keep up the fantastic blogging....

Dennis
Dennis

You know, I always see pairs of women ordering this, and I rarely see anyone eat more than half of it. 73rd is about right.

ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

Do you work there? Or just frequent the place? My dining companion and I clear it every time.

Dennis
Dennis

One thing good about a rotating blogger pool is that nobody knows who I am :)

The problem with this "dish" is that it's really not Tapas. Tapas are small plates. People expect something different. This is a cheese board, plain and simple. While you obviously know what it is when you order it, I think a lot of people don't really expect what they get. I've seen more than one couple leave an awful lot on the plate in obvious disappointment..

ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

Fair enough, in terms of definition it does not meet the traditional definition of tapas. It is a sharing platter, as traditional tapas are. But it is a large plate built for two. On the flip side, if you've dined at Johnny V, you know what to expect.

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