Attention, Attention! September is a HUGE month. No, not just because we’re having a huge swimwear sale. We are smack dab in the middle of Miami Spice here in our beautiful home city. No, this doesn’t mean we’re saturated in a plethora of cilantro (Miami’s “spice”), but what it does mean is that it’s time to get your hands on some delicious grub.
Miami Spice is a kickass restaurant promotion that runs from August 1st to September 30th showcasing the very best of the best in Miami cuisine. Participating restaurants offer a pre-fix three course menu showcasing their best and most innovative dishes. World renowned chefs take part in Miami Spice to show off their unique talents in the kitchen. The best part about this is that this fixed menu is dirt cheap. We’re talkin’ $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner per person. Can you imagine getting a three course meal at one of Miami’s finest restaurants for less than $40?! It’s crazy.
We wanted to give you a quick rundown of the hottest restaurants and foods to hit the Miami Spice scene, in a comprehensive A to Z guide.
We love ourselves a good wine flight when pairing our food. Tuyo, the restaurant at the top floor of the Miami Culinary Institute, is serving up a $19 wine flight which includes two glasses. OR you can snag yourself a Salsa y Merengue cocktail for $10. Love, love, love it.
B: Baja Fish Tacos
I love fish tacos. I love tacos period, but when you throw in some fresh fish and serve it up with cilantro crema and orange pico de gallo, then I’m all in. The lunch menu at Florida Cookery in the James Royal Palm has these bad boys, which conveniently enough is another two B’s for ya.
C: Cibo Wine Bar
Check it — Coral Gables. Carpaccio made of tuna. Chianti braised short ribs. Chocolate Baci Bombe. It’s three courses full of C’s. That means it’s destiny.
D: To Die for Dessert
Semilla Eatery & Bar on Alton Road is a modern Gastro Pub featuring tapas and small plates as well as a giant porterhouse and various seafood dishes. But THOSE DESSERTS THOUGH> Check out what they have in store for your third course choice:
White Chocolate Proffiterolles
New York Black Cherry Cheesecake
Apple Crumble/Salted Butter Caramel ice cream
I don’t know about you but I can dig it.
E: Edge Steak & Bar
Located at the Four Seasons, this restaurant and bar offers a non-traditional, approachable menu of high-quality, interesting cuts of meat, indigenous seafood and locally sourced fruits and vegetables. Here’s a huge tip, GET THE RIB EYE – kale, celery root and radish slaw, three peppercorn sauce, horseradish cream.
F: French Bistro
This gourmet French bistro features French cuisine on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. The chef creates healthy dishes featuring escargot, foie gras, mussels and French wine. You may want something a bit more french, but we’re kinda digging the NY Strip steak. Oh, and it comes with french fries, so maybe that will help.
G: Gazpacho at The Dutch
A restaurant right at The W South Beach, The Dutch is featuring an appetizer called the Summer Cherry Gazpacho which includes ingredients such as whipped greek yogurt, pistachio, and mint. G can also stand for the fact that I’m totally game for this dish.
This restaurant is recognized as pioneering the concept that single-handedly changed the face of Chinese cuisine within the United Kingdom. This award-winning restaurant has made its U.S. debut at Fontainebleau and offers diners authentic Cantonese fare complemented by a diverse menu of New World wines and sake. We recommend the stir fried shredded beef, just like your Abuela used to make except better. But like, your Chinese Abuela.
At El’eat in North Miami Beach, included in your meal is one glass of wine or one craft beer of your choice. One top of that, included is a broad menu and wide variety of choices. So, we hope to be included in their next meal.
J: Jaguar Ceviche
This restaurant was inspired by the unique and diverse foods of Latin America. Dishes include ceviches served in large white ceramic spoons and succulent meats paired with distinctive Latin salsas. All the ceviche your little heart desires.
K: Khong River House
This restaurant serves up Northern Thai cuisine with traditional flavors, ingredients and cooking methods while creating an authentic and warm communal environment for guests to share and enjoy this experience. The Chinese pork fried rice is the jam. Thank us later.
L: Lure Fishbar
This luxury yacht-inspired restaurant brings its seafood-driven concept to the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Raw bar platter or sushi platter, what whaaat? Lure, Loews, Luxury – get it. While we’re at it, let’s throw in another one of our favorite L-words: L*Space Swimwear. Boom.
Remember when we said back at B that we love Mexican food? Well it’s true. Which is why we chose Talavera Cocina Mexicana. The genuine and refined Mexican spirit of Talavera, unique pottery from the 16th century, sets the ground for the spirit of this restaurant’s menu. Handmade corn cakes, people. And don’t forget the Mole. You can’t make this stuff up.
With so many different restaurants to choose from, Novecento gives you a few options as far as distance is concerned. Plus they serve up some killed Empanadas, so there are no complaints on this end.
O: Outdoor Dining
Touche restaurant and rooftop Lounge is centrally located in the heart of Downtown Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District. The intimate 48-seat indoor dining room features an open kitchen and serves an array of classic Italian dishes ranging from Classic Meatballs and Beef Carpaccio to pastas such as Lobster Fra Diavolo and Asparagus Risotto.
We love us some Pubbelly. Whether it’s their spawn restaurants Steak, Sushi, or Taco, we love it all. Owned and operated by Andreas Schreiner, Jose Mendin and Sergio Navarro, the hip, pork-centric Asian-inspired gastro pub, nestled in Sunset Harbour on Miami Beach, is adored by locals and savvy visitors for its comfortable, neighborhood feel, mouth-watering food, fair prices and friendly service. If you’re gonna hit up one restaurant, make it this one.
Q: Quattro Gastronomia Italiana
A truly authentic Northern Italian restaurant in South Beach, closely adhering to traditional methods of preparation and imported ingredients from northern Italy. Get the Burrata. Love us some cheese.
R: Randazzo’s Calamari
Southern Italian American immigrant soul food. Everything they do in the kitchen is exactly the way grandmas in Little Italys throughout America do it. Being an Italian myself, I can say hands down these calamari here one of the best I’ve ever had. So grab a glass of Chianti and call it a day.
S: Swine Southern Table & Bar
Owned and operated by 50 Eggs Inc., this restaurant is considered the “tougher younger brother” to Miami Beach favorite Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. Lookin’ for a badass dessert? Try the Triple Chocolate Texas Toast Bread Puddin’. That beats comes with a hunk of coffee ice cream to boot.
T: Two Chefs Restaurant
Located in prestigious Pinecrest, South Miami, this restaurant serves delicious American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Years of success has earned this landmark many accolades and awards. Chef Jan Jorgensen and staff will tickle the senses and palate. Plus it probably has one of the best menus in all of Miami Spice with TONS of options for you to choose from.
U: Ultimate Healthy Dining
Oolite Restaurant and Bar received 3.5 stars for Chef Kris Wessel’s original Healthy Regional Fare inspired by the food culture of Florida, the American South, the Caribbean and South America. The healthy based cuisine is gluten free and protein specific. Brussel sprouts, coconut water poached grouper, grass fed flank steak. You need it, they have it.
V: Vegetarian Options
HaVen South Beach has a TON of vegetarian options for you to choose from for every course. So the next time you’re on a date with that cute hipster boy who wants to save the planet, take him here. Vegetarian stuffs galore.
W: Waterfront Dining
With sweeping ocean views, prime steaks and an award-winning wine list, Smith & Wollensky is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Sit down on the water with an Old Fashioned and watch the boats come in and out. Make sure you order the split pea soup, which is one of the hottest menu items at this restaurant. Why not strap on your PilyQ swimsuit while you’re at it and enjoy a quick swim?
X: X-tra Special Deal
Okay, we get it, extra is not spelled with only an X. But the deal at City Hall has us goin crazy. Cah-razy. Ready for this? A Miami Spice brunch for $23. That’s right. Take our favorite meal and throw it in the mix with X-tra savings, and we’re totally game. It’s kinda like when you hear that Orchid Boutique is having a sale for cheap swimsuits and you just revel in those extra special savings.
This restaurant’s name is an acronym for Young Urban Cuban-Americans. A landmark for more than 18 years, Miami’s original upscale Cuban restaurant invites guests to experience the exotic flavors of its innovative Cuban cuisine and famous mouthwatering mojitos. Get the Corvina. Just get it.
This restaurant offers a cuisine philosophy of flavorsome, modern Japanese dishes in a fun and vibrant environment inspired by the informal Japanese dining style called Izakaya. Located in the Epic hotel, it’s a dining experience you don’t want to miss. Crispy baby back ribs? Yes, please, now.
Happy eating, everyone!