Dinner Sunday (10/14) evening came down to Santiago’s Bodega and Blue Heaven. We chose Santiago’s and even though we didn’t have a reservation we were seated right away. We started off with a pitcher of white Sangria while we looked over the menu. Santiago’s Bodega is a tapas restaurant so there were many decisions to make. We ordered 2 soups, 3 cold tapas dishes and 4 hot tapas dishes. We started with French Onion and mushroom soup. The French onion took a little longer so we all shared the mushroom soup. It was great. I love a broth only soup and this was one of the best, the temperature was spot on the mushroom taste hit the mark. The bowl was wiped clean. The next items delivered to the table were the cheese plate and beef Carpaccio. The cheese plate had 3 types of cheese – a very strong blue cheese, a goat cheese and one other. Although I’m not a very adventurous when it comes to cheese, I tried all three and didn’t care for the blue cheese – very, very strong but the other 2 were very good – much more mild. The cheese plate stayed on the table through much of the meal and there wasn’t much left when it was finally taken away. The beef Carpaccio was good – my husband and I compare all beef Carpaccio to the one we’ve had a few times at Andy’s Hideaway in St. Barth, and this was good but not the best. I will say once we added a little salt it got better and there was nothing left on the plate when it was taken away. My French onion soup was delivered at the same time as the tuna ceviche. The soup was very good. The cheese was toasted just right and the bread, broth and onions were proportioned exactly right. This was also shared by the table but I probably had the majority. The tuna ceviche was also very good – great taste and the quantity was perfect for the table. While waiting for our next dishes we ordered another pitcher of sangria – it was delicious. Our hot tapas items all came out at just about the same time – lamb chops, beef tenderloin, roman meatballs with pasta and shrimp& chorizo skewers. The lamb chops were cooked perfectly and were very tender. The beef tenderloin was ordered medium rare but when we cut into it, it was anything but medium rare. We notified our waiter and the situation was corrected immediately. The cost was deducted from our bill and we got a newly prepared beef tenderloin which was well worth the wait. The roman meatball with pasta was good and reminded us of a comfort food. The shrimp & chorizo skewer was very good – the shrimp was cooked perfectly and the chorizo had a great taste. There was nothing left on the plates of our hot tapas dishes. Although we were all pleasantly full – not stuffed but full we decided to order one dessert for the 4 of us so we picked the bread budding served with ice cream – just as we left the other dishes of our meal this one was cleaned off too. We collectively decided after our 3 dinner meals of our trip that Santiago’s Bodega was the best. I wish we had another night or 2 on this trip – it was fabulous but I guarantee it will most definitely be top of the list when we return to Key West.