Image courtesy of Ariete.
Those who are in-the-know, know that this time of year is Miami’s best – even with the summer heat – thanks to Miami Spice. The two-month dining extravaganza offers discounted lunch, brunch and dinner specials ($23 for lunch and brunch, $39 for dinner) at more than 200 restaurants around town. This Hit List is your guide to the city’s finest Miami Spice offerings.
Because enjoy a taste of Cuba without leaving the Grove. Start with a yucca salad, then dive into Ariete’s famous pepitas-topped frita chorizo burger. For a perfectly sweet ending, opt for the tres leches cake. // Coconut Grove. Book now on Resy.
Because Bazaar Mar is the place to see and be seen. This ultra-swanky Jose Andres seafood spot highlights whimsical favorites on its Spice menu – like lobster croquettes, tuna-topped air breads (filled with spicy mayo!), oyster ceviche, and the most creative key lime pie in town. // Brickell. (305) 615-5859.
Because this Mediterranean stunner boasts an impressive Spice menu, and neither its food nor its scene can be beat. The fabulous dinner feast on offer includes lamb ribs, spicy shakshouka, short-rib kebabs, sweet and tangy jeweled rice, and a pistachio ice cream pizzelle. // South Beach. Book now on Resy.
Because unlimited wine makes Spice twice as nice. After 8:30 p.m., and for just $20 more, add unlimited vino to your carnivore-friendly meal of seafood charcuterie, filet mignon, wagyu brisket pastrami, and coconut cake. Cheers to that. // South Beach. (305) 340-3333.
5/db Bistro Moderne
Because if you haven’t already enjoyed Daniel Boulud’s decadent French classics, now is the time. Indulge in his signature dishes, like steak tartare, coq au vin, and steak frites. The entire table will be saying, “Oui, oui!” // Downtown Miami. Book now on Resy.
Because in Miami, ceviche always reigns supreme. Use that as your starting point and then spring for delicious entrees, like garlic-rubbed ribeye or chanterelle-dotted risotto, and, for dessert, the Nutella mousse (natch). // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
7/Beaker & Gray
Because what’s better than a cookie butter sundae? Not much– especially when it’s served after a meal of Spanish octopus and melt-in-your-mouth short-ribs. At Beaker & Gray the sundae is the cherry on top of a fantastic meal. // Wynwood. Book now on Resy.
8/Lobster Bar Sea Grille
Because when is lobster not a good idea? The coveted crustacean is the star of Lobster Bar Sea Grille’s Spice menu. Start with the lobster bisque and follow with the signature stuffed lobster, with all the fixings. Vanilla profiteroles with dark chocolate sauce and sugar-roasted almonds complete the meal. // South Beach. (305) 377-2675.
9/La Mar by Gastón Acurio
Because dinner with a seaside view is just what date night calls for. Don’t miss the banana leaf-wrapped paiche (topped with bacon for the perfect amount of smoke) or the La Pina dessert, which is just the right amount of sweet. // Brickell Key. (305) 913-8358.
Because brunch deserves the same love as dinner, and Bakehouse offers its popular take for Miami Spice. Start with the signature quiche before delving into croissant French toast and, finally, the flourless chocolate tart. It’s oh-so worth it. // South Beach. (305) 434-8249.
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