Small Plates at Tico

I’ve waxed poetic about cheese before – along with chocolate, it is my top food love. From pimiento to mozzarella, from Venezuelan cheese to Filipino cheese, from ricotta and goat cheese to gouda, I love them all.

And while I relish all kinds of fresh cheese, I do have a soft spot for fried cheese…

A couple of weeks ago, I was pretty enamored with the crispy fried manchego cheese we had at Tico.

At Tico, the atmosphere is fun, the surroundings are vibrant, and the food is American at its core, but influenced by South American, Mexican, and Spanish cuisines.

I know that all three influences boast bold flavors, but  I don’t know too much about South American cuisine (except that I like it). I am more familiar with Mexican and Spanish food. I love Mexican food (my latest favorite? Lone Star Taco Bar in hipster town Allston). And I come from a country that was a colony of Spain for over 300 years, so Spanish food tastes like comfort food to me. When I think of Spanish food, I think of tapas, or small plates.

After the Georgetown Cupcake opening party, Emily, Meghan, Megan, Amy, Elizabeth and I walked over to nearby Tico to share some appetizers. We picked a few small plates to share and I zeroed in on this mushroom and cheese quesadilla with black truffle salsa.

Mushrooms, cheese, and black truffle salsa – what’s not to like? This reminded me of the chanterelle quesadilla I had at Poe’s Kitchen last year.

These were the spicy shrimp, bacon, and avocado tacos. I like these three things together (especially in a smoky brussels sprouts salad) but I admit that it is a little hard to share tacos in a group.

Roasted cauliflower with creamy chipotle and crushed, crunchy fava beans – the last restaurant dish I tried with cauliflower was fantastic (at West Bridge) and so was this one from Tico. I wonder how they made the chipotle sauce? It’s inspiring me to try more cauliflower recipes at home.

I’m actually  not the biggest fan of corn in savory dishes. I prefer it when it’s in dessert form like sweet corn ice cream, corn with butter and sugar, corn cookies, sticky rice cakes with corn, and even cornbread. But I tried a few bites of this sweet corn with bacon, chiles, and thai basil and I liked it. It tasted really refreshing, and I like the kick of spice from the jalapenos.

And last but certainly not least, we tried the crispy fried manchego cheese with spicy pomegranate honey sauce.

Crispy. Fried. Manchego. Cheese.

So simple, yet so delectable. Just the right amount of crunch, just the right amount of chew, just the right amount of seasonings and spicy-sweet flavors.

Sure, it’s just fried cheese. But like I said before, I was enamored. It was my favorite small plate at Tico, and it’s something I would come back for again and again.

Do you love cheese as much as I do? Any favorite recipes?

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20 Responses to “Small Plates at Tico”

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat posted June 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Oh my, these all look amazing! Last night I was thinking about all the cheeses I have in my fridge: laughing cow garlic/herb, sharp cheddar slices, smoked gouda slices, american slices, fresh mozzerella, shredded mozzerella, and parmesan/romano blend. It’s pathetic!

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    Meghan posted June 27, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I love the fried manchego and pretty much everything else we had!

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    Michelle posted June 27, 2012 at 9:15 am

    The roasted cauliflower looks awesome!

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    Molly posted June 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I was just at Tico on Saturday night for a bachelorette party. I think the winner was the fried cheese, with the roasted cauliflower a close second.

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    Elizabeth posted June 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I am so not into fried cheese usually but those cheese bites were fantastic.

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted June 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I am a big fan of Tico, it has such a nice variety of dishes. I agree totally with you on the cheese dish, it may be fried cheese, but its amazing!

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek posted June 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

    This all looks fabulous!

    Lone Star is a new fave of mine too, so insanely delicious!

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    Shannon posted June 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

    corn with butter and sugar? haha. loving the looks of tico, i really need to get there! kind of digging the cauliflower the most :)

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    Samantha Angela posted June 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    That manchego looks like it would have been amazing. :d

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    Daisy posted June 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    cheese is the best. I’ve had those manchego morsels from Tico and concur with their amazingness!!!

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    Rhonda (@diningalone) posted June 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Cheese has always been my favorite snack, I love to just have it by itself or on a cracker. But my goodness, fried with a pomegranate honey sauce???? amazing.

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    Megan posted June 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Love that fried manchego!

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    Alaina posted June 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love Tico!! My favorite was the pork taco and the sweet corn. The steak with pickled onions was fantastic too! I would love to go there again. :-)

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted June 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Omg, fried manchego. I need to try it!

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    Baking Serendipity posted June 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I love small plate restaurants! And cheese and crackers is one of my favorite snacks…especially with a glass of wine while I start cooking dinner :)

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted June 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    That manchego was darn good!! I may love cheese as much as you do … but I probably love chocolate more!

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    Joanne posted June 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I almost cried at the last image of the fried manchego. And then you mentioned pomegranate honey sauce to go with it. And then I did cry. Because i want it so badly.

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    Lin @ BeantownEats posted July 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Jon and I have been going to Tico a LOT for lunch recently, and keep saying we should go after work for cocktails and small plates very soon. That fried machego looks amazing!

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    Lilly Sue posted August 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I just want to like, like, like your posts!! Yum!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Heehee thanks Lilly Sue! The fried cheese was really awesome.

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