Miami Spice–that famed multi-month smorgasbord–is well underway, with the culinary festivities officially winding down September 30. With just two weeks left to go, it’s time to get moving on some incredible once-a-year deals at some of Miami’s best restaurants. This year sees the most participants in the event’s 17-year history, with 40 restaurants offering lunches and dinners packed with flavor that won’t break the bank. Below, we’ve selected some of the best spots to try something tasty this season.
Bazaar Mar’s Miami Spice menu is one of our favorites–if only just for their delightfully shameless inclusion of a pun. Things kick off with a selection of snacks, like their excellent California Funnel Cake with avocado, blue crab, tobiko, mayo, and cucumber. Next up, it’s a bite of–wait for it–“Sea What Else…” which features their Po Boy José dish, made with fried baby squid, pelayo, steamed brioche bun, and alioli. For the main event, choose between fried snapper, skirt steak, or slow-cooked chicken thighs. Dinner available Tuesday through Saturday.
1300 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130
For vegetarians navigating the waters of this year’s Miami Spice, look no further than Planta, especially for brunch. On weekends, choose between dishes like banana bread with berry jam and cinnamon cashew butter, tofu scramble with zucchini cream, or–if you’re craving something a little more savory–falafel tacos stuffed with pico de gallo and tahini sauce. Come back later for dinner, when Planta will be serving hits like their celebrated coconut and cucumber ceviche. Dinner available Sunday through Thursday. Brunch available Saturday and Sunday.
850 Commerce St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Middle Eastern hot spot Byblos lives up to its “Best Of” title with a Miami Spice menu that doesn’t skimp one bit. You’ll get your choice of two mezze plates, an entree, side, and dessert. The options are abundant, and if you’d like to take your meal up a notch, they offer supplements (aka more decadent dishes available for an additional charge). Our ideal meal? Start with the roasted red beets and lamb ribs, spring for the whole grilled branzino with a side of grilled broccolini, then finish the meal with a refreshing blood orange sorbet. Dinner available every night.
1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Jaya serves up modern Asian cuisine in a sleeker-than-sleek interior. For Miami Spice, this sexy restaurant offers a well-rounded taste of dishes they do best, from their steamed wagyu brisket bao appetizer, Scottish salmon with buckwheat noodle main, and a dessert of passionfruit and coconut topped with lace tuile garnish. Dinner available every night.
2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
We have been singing the praises of Mignonette since they opened over four years ago. The seafood eatery and oyster bar has long been heralded for its fresh fish and accessible atmosphere. For Miami Spice, they start with a chef’s selection of a half-dozen oysters. As for mains, you’ll find Idaho trout, redfish, and rock shrimp. Not to alienate those land-leaning diners, Mignonette also offers a filet mignon or veg plate. Lunch available Monday through Friday. Brunch available Saturday and Sunday. Dinner available every night.
210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132
Nautilus Cabana Club
Available for both lunch and dinner, SIXTY’s own Nautilus Cabana Club presents a Miami Spice menu that sports a generous selection of dishes inspired by the Mediterranean and Florida itself. Sip on a complimentary cocktail before perusing dishes like market fresh ceviche, grilled cedar salmon, and a zesty lemon tart. Lunch available Monday through Friday. Dinner available Sunday through Thursday.
1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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