From August through the end of September, restaurants across Miami Beachwill once again host the popular Miami Spice promotion, offering three course, signature dishes by world renowned chefs to residents and visitors at super affordable prices: Lunch $23 and Dinner $39. It is one of the most anticipated times of the year, giving restaurant guests the opportunity to partake in their tried and true favorites or be a bit more adventurous and try some of the more daring and exciting meals on the menu. During Miami Spice, there is something for everyone.
Tortino di melanzane “Eggplant Parmigiana” (Photo Credit: Macchialina)
“The entire city looks forward to Miami Spice,” notes Peggy Benua, Chair, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. “Chefs in this city are bold tastemakers who aren’t afraid to bring their audacious vision to the kitchen and the table with dishes like crab toast, wahoo taradito and mushroom fricassee among many others. This year, diners will have no lack of choice, flavor or portions to suit their tastes.”
It’s going to be a fun month of food as Miami Beach’s most innovative chefs roll out their inimitable and distinctive selections for discerning diners. And they’re not holding back on creativity; restaurant-goers can expect to sample a range of incredible ingredients and flavors including green hummus, garlic chimichurri, roast beets, sage butter with sausage, braised greens with lemon-rosemary vinaigrette and Balsamic strawberries with pistachio crumble among many other savory and sweet plates.
Michael Pirolo, head chef of Miami Beach’s Macchialina says, “I am looking forward to Miami Spice this year. We’ve become known for offering all of our signature dishes [during Miami Spice] so you can look forward to more of our creamy polenta this year on our Spice menu.”
Looking to spice it up? Then check out these restaurants and their chefs as they present some of their out-of-this-world dishes during Miami Spice and check out the Miami Spice website for a full list of participating restaurants. Bon Appetit!
Located in the Collins Park area of Miami Beach, Sweet Liberty is the creation of award-winning bartenders John Lermayer andDan Binkiewicz along with restaurateur David Martinez. Recently named the Best New American Bar at the annual Spirited Awards, this is a surefire option for world-class cocktails and creative American food.
Try the: Watermelon gazpacho appetizer, Crunchy green salad and Skirt Steak with terragon bernaise
This playful restaurant, designed by Philippe Starck brings to life one of the most popular culinary experiences in the city. Helmed by James Beard award-Winning chef José Andrés, the bar and lounge also offer $1 oysters during weeknight oyster hour, a live DJ Tuesday to Friday nights, and happy hour specials during the week.
Try the: Tomato Heirloom salad, braised lamb shank with lemon preserve risotto and the crepes with sautéed apples flambé and rum
Top chef mentor and judge, Tom Colicchio, joined the already robust roster of celebrity chefs in Miami Beach with the opening of Beachcraft in 2015. The farm-to-table concept brings guests into an open kitchen where locally caught fish, home-made pastas, and organic ingredients are featured on the menu.
Try the: Chicken liver toast appetizer, roasted fish with braised greens and the house made donut with key lime curd and toasted meringue
Macchialina has been a local Miami Beach favorite for 4 years with its casual neighborhood vibe and bold seasonally-inspired cuisine. Chef Pirolo is the most starred chef in Miami and continues to garner praise among critics with his soulful yet sophisticated Italian fare.
Try the: Sausage ragu appetizer, the spaghetti pomodoro and the vanilla panna cotta with pistachio crumble