This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them.
Every August and September, the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau organizes Miami Spice…two months of specially priced 3 course prix fixe menus designed to encourage locals and visitors to try new places or visit favorites for both lunch and dinner.
Priced at $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner, many of these menus are not only a good value, but for many chefs a chance to create unique and enticing menus and attract new customers and reward the loyal ones.
Now that the kickoff Iron Fork event is over, it is time to get down to business.
Miami Spice 2016 includes over 240 restaurants from Miami Beach, Miami, Coral Gables, Wynwood, Edgewater, MiMo and beyond. Over 90 are new to Spice just for 2016!
There are so many options, that we at MIAbites put our forks together to compile a list of 30 of our favorite Miami Spice options.
Thank you to our passionate MIAbites contributors, Amber Love Bond, Alex Beck, Andrew Giambarba, Jen Massolo, Everett Rashotsky, Marian Bacol-Uba, Allison Riley and Deanna Dominguez for their thoughtful and curated lists.
But, first some Spice Advice:
1. Is this really a deal? Could I eat at the same restaurant anytime of year ordering whatever I wanted from the regular menu for the same price or maybe less?
2. Is the Miami Spice menu interesting? Does it include unique dishes that are not on the regular menu? or is it the cop-out cheapo salmon, chicken and short rib offering?
3. Is a new restaurant I’ve been meaning to try participating?
As always, check menus and restrictions at ILoveMiamiSpice as some restaurants only participate for lunch or not on weekends. And make sure you make reservations and support our incredibly talented local chefs and restaurants these next two months.
Our MIAbites Contributors Best Spice Bites and links to their menu pages are as follows ( in alphabetical order) with special mention to Alter, NaiYaRa, Byblos, Los Fuegos, Mignonette and Proof Pizza and Pastawhich showed up on multiple contributors lists:
1111 Peruvian Bistro – http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/1111-peruvian-bistro/119864
Cypress Tavern– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/cypress-tavern/114339
Sarsaparilla Club– http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/restaurant/the-sarsaparilla-club/119711
For more information and complete restaurant listings and menus visit I Love Miami Spice at http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/special-offers/monthly-deals/miami-spice-month
Cover Photo Credit: Bob B. Brown