La Crema Tapas & Chocolate in Rosemary Beach
In terms of the best restaurants on 30A, it doesn’t get much better than La Crema in Rosemary Beach. From the tapas (Enfuego Chicken is my fave) to the ambiance to the wine to the chocolate… It is the place people go to relax, sip wine and take it all in. La Crema puts one at ease and is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life in America. No rush… Just great tapas, chocolate and Spanish wine.
Interview with La Crema General Manager Andrew Preble in Rosemary Beach
It was a perfect blue sky winter day in South Walton when we met with Andrew Preble at La Crema Tapas and Chocolate in downtown Rosemary Beach. Andrew is a super friendly, laid-back guy and is the General Manager of this 30A food spot. Our interview took place at the new bar which opened earlier this year.
30A Prime: Thanks for meeting with us today Andrew. Please tell us about this place and how it came to be one of the most popular restaurants on 30A.
Andrew: La Crema is a really cool spot. The original owners opened it up after some trips to Spain where they fell in love with tapas and the Spanish culture. They decided they wanted to bring that same concept here to Rosemary Beach, Florida. They wanted to really focus on serving great tapas, wine and chocolate.
30A Prime: What exactly are tapas?
Andrew: Tapas are small plates that can be shared or not. Most people share them and they are a whole lot of fun.
30A Prime: Having dined here many times, my wife told me that everything on the menu is fantastic. Having said that, what are some of the most popular tapas?
Andrew: Our most popular tapas dish by far is our Chili Pork Tacos. They were added to the menu last year and have been a major hit. The Chili Pork Tacos are made up of grilled pork, chili salsa, pineapple slaw and cilantro lime cream.
Beyond that, I’d say Brussel Sprouts are another fan favorite for sure. People absolutely love our Brussel Sprouts here at La Crema as they are crispy and tossed in a sesame honey drizzle sauce.
Another extremely popular tapas dish on our menu is the Steak Tostadas which consist of marinated New York Strips with a grilled pineapple salsa and finished with cilantro lime cream.
30A Prime: In addition to tapas, please tell us about some of the other things people enjoy at this fine establishment.
Andrew: The cool thing about La Crema to me is that in addition to tasty tapas, we also have a lot of chocolate and a great selection of Spanish wines. So with the tapas and the desert, you can kind of get what you want here. You don’t have to eat your whole meal here… You can simply come by for appetizers and a glass of wine and continue on with your day in Rosemary Beach. You certainly are welcome to eat a full meal here and linger as long as you’d like, but you also have the option of just enjoying a few tapas, sipping some wine and moving on without any pressure.
30A Prime: Please tell us more about the wine menu.
Andrew: We have a large wine selection here at La Crema and our emphasis is on Spanish wines. Having said that, we do also have a few bottles of new world wines and some Malbecs from Argentina but you’ll mainly find traditional Spanish wines here. We feature some really good Tempranillos and Riojas.
You can come get a glass or bottle and we actually have a retail license so if you like our wines, we can sell you unopened bottles.
30A Prime: With the addition of this new wine bar room it appears there are a few different dining choices here.
Andrew: This 30A restaurant offers a number of different dining options one of which is this new bar that just opened at the beginning of 2018. In addition, people can enjoy their tapas out in our courtyard which is shaded by beautiful trees, or they can enjoy my favorite spot to dine at La Crema which is out on the street. I love to watch people walk up and down Main Street in Rosemary Beach while enjoying a glass of wine.
30A Prime: Your restaurant has hundreds of 5-star reviews on Google and Facebook… Way more than the average restaurant on 30A. What makes La Crema such a beloved place?
Andrew: La Crema is a laid-back 30A hot spot where you can sip some wine and hang out carefree. Being on Main Street in Rosemary Beach, La Crema has got that European vibe to it and people just love to relax here. It’s the perfect place for tapas, wine and chocolate.
So this is La Crema and I’d love to invite you all in. Please stop by and dine with us next time you’re in Rosemary Beach.
To view the La Crema menu go to their website here… La Crema Tapas & Chocolate