Jamonera: Philly Tapas Worth the Drive

Following in the success of Barbuzzo and Lolita, Jamonera is the newest restaurant in Valerie Safran and chef Marcie Turney’s trio of eclectic eateries.

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Valerie Safran and chef Marcie Turney’s newest restaurant, Jamonera, on South 13th Street. Their other restaurants include Barbuzzo and Lolita, which are both excellent. I was excited to eat at their latest Spanish tapas bar, especially since the Main Line has opened several tapas-themed restaurants in the past year or two (Verdad, Matador, Isabella).

The space looks nothing like the former Indian restaurant, Bindi, that used to occupy the current eatery, but everything like a Spanish tapas bar, complete with a fantastic menu of tapas, toasts and small sandwiches, cured meats and artisanal cheeses, salads and vegetables and plenty of heartier dishes to share. The wine, cocktail and beer list is definitely a highlight, as is the incredible selection of sherry, which are too numerous to count and every single bit delicious. The menu is pretty big, but six to eight dishes are reasonable to share between two people.

Some of the best dishes of the night included a Spanish fried egg with shortribs, chorizo, papas fritas and house-made sherry-vinegar hot sauce (which I hope they start selling), warm Medjool dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in Serrano ham, and wild mushroom toasts. If you’re heading into the city for dinner in the near future, I highly recommend Jamonera, you will not be disappointed! jamonerarestaurant.com.

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