As we explore new restaurants in the area, I find myself gravitating towards, and truly appreciating, smaller portions with huge flavor.
And so it was at Tapas-51, a little place we went to right over the border in Fort Mill, South Carolina. I ordered the CHILI COFFEE CRUSTED BRISKET, served with charred onion chimichurri, queso fresco, avocado and their famous 51st STREET CORN.
The corn kernels were partially seared, highly seasoned and tossed in parmesan. The presentation was colorful and the taste was WOW! I could have eaten just that for dinner and been a very happy girl..but the beef was truly extraordinary as well and this is what I tried to recreate at home.
I bought a piece of flap meat at Costco (looks like flank) put it into a large Ziplock bag with about 3/4 cup of black left-over coffee from the pot, salt, chipotle-chili seasoning (a generous amount) and a shake of garlic. I let it marinate for about 4 hours and bar-b-qued the meat on a hot grill.
Once it was done, I let it sit for about 15 minutes, sliced thin pieces on the bias and served the slices on top of flat bread with a cold avocado spread (also from Costco.) You could add tomatoes, onions whatever your heart desires to fancy up the dish. I’m sure a dollop of sour cream would be a nice counterbalance to the spicy meat- BUT- we are watching our cholesterol and fat.. so we passed on that.
I’ll admit my steak wasn’t as nicely charred as the brisket at Tapas-51, but the flavors were truly out of this world, especially considering I didn’t have an entire day to let the meat sit in the bag.