La Crema Tapas & Chocolate
Inspired by the cafes of Barcelona, La Crema Tapas and Chocolate is a special stop along Rosemary Beach’s cobblestone sidewalks. Just the kind of place you might find yourself sitting all afternoon with friends over nibbles and coffee, then maybe drinks and succulent small plates.
La Crema occupies a Rosemary Beach courtyard, giving it the flavor and feel of a European café. The courtyard is tucked off Main Street with just the right mix of sun and shade, graced by birds chirping in happy little trees. From the location to the menu, everything about La Crema is inspired by Spanish city life.
Grab some friends and a table outside and order some wine. Get those drinks flowing and order what looks good. Tapas come in snack size portions, but it makes for good times to order a bunch of plates for the table and pass them around family style. Order until you’re full.
Options include Serrano Wrapped Figs-a pair of figs marinated in white wine spread with honey goat cheese then wrapped with thin Serrano ham. Cheese Fondue is a regular go to. Manchego, cheddar, and Monterey jack cheese are melted together with white wine and served with lightly toasted croutons. Skewers are provided for dipping the bread into the cheese, and a little tealight keeps the cheese from getting cold…and creates a fun, unexpected twist.
Grande Tapas like Seafood Paella are sharable and come with lobster tails, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams and chorizo, as well as veggies like tomato, red onion, and piquillo peppers simmered in saffron rice.
Chocolate dipped bacon is as trendy as the hot chocolate molten cake is classic. Melty soft chocolate chip cookies are served with a shot of ice cold milk.
Whether you drink red, white or cava, La Crema’s exclusively Spanish wine list has a palate pleasing beverage or two for you. They also serve nice ports and craft beers. La Crema’s selection of coffees, cappuccinos, and Spanish sipping chocolates are the ultimate indulgences.
Recently, the restaurant expanded into the building next door to accommodate more bar and table seats inside. The original bar area has been converted into a lounge area with couches - the perfect place for a Café La Crema. Photographs by Kurt Lischka that reflect life in South Walton hang in the newly renovated space.
La Crema is located on a cobblestone sidewalk on Main St. in Rosemary Beach. They’re open daily for lunch, dinner, drinks, and lazy afternoons. Visit them online to read the La Crema story and to see menus at lacrematapas.com. See photos, reviews and more on Facebook.
Spell Restaurant Group is a family owned collection of restaurants featuring Great Food and Great Fun. The group includes La Cocina Mexican Grill & Bar, George's at Alys Beach, La Crema Tapas and Chocolate, Grits & Grind, Edward's Fine Food and Wine, Saltwater Grill, and Brookhaven Pub & Grill in Memphis, TN. Visit www.spellrestaurantgroup.com to learn more.