I’ll start by saying wow.  Chef Matthew Kelly has really outdone himself with this venture.  Mateo is located in downtown Durham and specializes in blending the flavors of Spain with southern flavors.  Not only do they offer a huge selection of amazing pinxtos, but they also offer pages of spanish wine and sherry.  I’ve never been anywhere that offers sherry flights.  I’ve been missing out.  I went with two girlfriends and we ordered a multitude of dishes to share.  Our server, John, was extremely friendly and knowledgeable.  Of course the restaurant was packed and deservedly so.  I am already trying to plan another visit.  So here is a little bit of Mateo:

Padron Fritos with olive oil, sea salt and lemon
Padron Fritos with olive oil, sea salt and lemon
Medjool Date stuffed with goats cheese and wrapped in country ham
Medjool Date stuffed with goats cheese and wrapped in country ham
Charred Okra with Ramp Ranch
Charred Okra with Ramp Ranch
Pan Con Tomate
Pan Con Tomate
Queso Fritos y Huevo-Farm Egg over crispy manchego, charred green beans and a romesco sauce
Queso Fritos y Huevo-Farm Egg over crispy manchego, charred asparagus and a romesco sauce
Hanger Steak, Asparagus, Charred Vidalia Onion, Migas and romesco verde
Hanger Steak, Asparagus, Charred Vidalia Onion, Migas and romesco verde
Peach Empanada with a Feta Sauce
Peach Empanada with a Feta Sauce
Our amazing server John
Our amazing server John
The dinner party
The dinner party

So maybe you can tell that I loved it?  I hope you’ll put it on your list of foodie destinations.  Thanks Cynthia for inviting me to join you at this awesome establishment!  Can we go again tonight?  🙂

Mateo bar de tapas
109 WEST CHAPEL HILL STREET
DURHAM – NORTH CAROLINA
919-530-8700

8 thoughts on “My Review of Mateo

  1. Restaurant sounds great! I see a bottle of Carchelo in one of the pictures – how did you like that wine?

    1. I really liked it. I was boggled with the finish. Please let me know your thoughts on this. I chose the wine for the table and we all liked it, but all three of us couldn’t figure it out. Granted each one of us is trying to develop our palates. 😊

      1. I didn’t have this wine in a few years, but overall this is one of my very favorite Spanish wines – very playful and delicious as I remember it.

  2. Loved our foodie time together sweet friend, and yes, I’m ready to go back when you are! I might even drive! 😉

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