By: Dana Rozansky & Rebecca Charur
Miami Spice is like the Bachelorette. Bear with us on this one.
As the new Miami Spice season kicks off, the city’s most eligible restaurants line up to vie for your appetite with the year’s most attractive deals: Three-course meals priced at $23 for lunch/brunch and $39 for dinner. But out of the 250 options, some are not all they’re hyped up to be (subtweet Jed). So to methodically sort through the clutter between August 1 and September 30, you need a Chris Harrison.
Hi, we’re your Chris Harrison. Having been fans of Miami Spice since its inception in 2002, we get the struggle of choosing between 250 restaurants. So, unlike the less-than-helpful, pot-stirring host, we’ve gathered a list of the restaurants that are most worthy of your final rose.
Whether you’re a brunch snob or a meat-lover, here are Miami’s hottest deals that are sure to get your hearts racing and stomachs growling.
FOR THE ENDLESS APPETITE: BYBLOS OR BOULUD SUD
Every year, Byblos BRINGS IT when it comes to Spice (and all other times of year too, for that matter). We’re pleased to report that this year is no different. Not only is Byblos rolling out a Miami Spice brunch menu (for just $23), but the dinner options are quite possibly the best variety and offer the most bang for your buck from the entire Spice lineup. A few standouts include the lamb ribs, short rib kebab, and middle eastern fried chicken. From the brunch menu, don’t miss the shakshuka and the buttermilk pancakes. Aside from offering killer menus with options galore, Byblos also offers them every day of the week so you can indulge any time your heart desires (weekends included)!
When we talk about some of Miami’s best Mediterranean spots, Boulud Sud’s name is inevitably thrown into the conversation. And that doesn’t change during Spice. Like Byblos, the restaurant offers both brunch and dinner options, while also throwing a tempting lunch menu into the mix. With rotating menus every two weeks, Boulud Sud keeps diners on their toes, alternating between Daniel Boulud’s most drool-worthy dishes.
FOR THE BRUNCH SNOB: LOBSTER BAR SEA GRILLE
One of the best brunch deals on this year’s lineup goes to Lobster Bar Sea Grille, where you’ll find gourmet surf-and-turf items like petite filet mignon and egg toast bernaise, adding a more formal touch to your budget-friendly brunch experience. Other standout items include the house-smoked salmon tarte, whole lobster benedict and the belgian waffles & lobster morsels.
FOR THE CARNIVORE: QUALITY MEATS OR RED STEAKHOUSE
Our two favorite steakhouses in this city are hands down Quality Meats and Red Steakhouse…lucky for you, they’re both offering top-notch Spice menus this year. Quality’s menu features some of our all-time favorite dishes including the house-cured slab bacon with peanut butter & jalapeno jelly, followed by a grilled 10 oz Bavette or a Filet. Top it off with their signature steak sauce prepared table-side and you’ve got yourself a meat lover’s dream.
Red Steakhouse makes it on our list each year because they simply knock it out of the park every time. With rotating Spice menus each week, there’s truly something for everyone- from their famous mac n’ cheese to their grilled octopus to pastas and steak galore. Word to the wise: Bring your appetite.
As prices drop this August and September, the buzz in these restaurants are at an all-time high. While Marion, Baoli, and El Tucan are known for their vibrant, party atmospheres, their Spice menus are not to be missed. With risotto hot pots, wagyu beef, and stunning sorbet presentations gracing their menus, this trio of restaurants understands that the secret to a good party is in the food. Other highlights include Baoli’s tuna tart, Marion’s chicken lollipops, and El Tucan’s two-timing tuna roll.
There’s something to be said for the convenience of being able to walk out your door and enjoy a Miami Spice dinner without the hassle of parking. So for all our fellow Brickellites- this one’s for you. At both Katsuya and Fi’lia, you’re just steps away from an elevated dinner experience at a fraction of the price. Katsuya’s can’t-miss dishes include the rock shrimp and miso-glazed black cod, and Fi’lia’s knockout items include the chicken parm and the spaghetti carbonara. Side note: For those who don’t live in Brickell but want to get in on the #sushiporn, Katsuya South Beach also has an amazing spice menu with several vegan-friendly options. Lastly, for the Brickellites who want to get a few steps in to burn off all of these Miami Spice meals, take a walk over the bridge to Novikov. Here you can indulge in some of their knockout dishes including their truffle hamachi carpaccio and spicy prawn money bags.
FOR THE ONE WHO ALWAYS WANTS THAT NEW NEW:
Lots of impressive new restaurants have popped up in the past year, many of which are diving into the Miami Spice scene for the first time. So here’s a list of the best newbies to try for Miami Spice this year:
Cafe La Trova
The Jim and Neesie
La Petite Maison
Swan & Bar Bevy
Tigertail + Mary
So restaurants, if you do not receive a rose this Miami Spice, take a moment and say your goodbyes.