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Miami Spice 2021: Where To Eat From August 1 To September 30

For the past 20 years, the months of August and September in Miami are some of the busiest for anyone who loves food. Miami Spice is a two-month-long restaurant promotion, organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau's (GMCVB), in which participating restaurants offer three-course menus at reduced prices.



“Miami Spice Months launched in 2001 to breathe life into the hospitality industry during the formerly slow summer season and blossomed into a full-fledged celebration of Greater Miami and Miami Beach's rich culinary scene,” William D. Talbert III, C.D.M.E., President and CEO of the GMCVB shares with Forbes. “Knowing the potential of this program to bring restaurant-goers out in droves, we’re expecting the 20th year of Miami Spice to bring much-needed relief to the F&B sector.”

From August 1 through September 30, 2021, participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe Miami Spice menus of $28 for lunch/brunch and $42 for dinner. These prices include an appetizer, entrée and dessert. (Tax, tip, and libations are additional.) The slight increase in price this year, according to GMCVB is “a result of direct feedback from restaurateurs… to help offset rising costs of ingredients and operations.”


This year’s 140-plus participating restaurants span many different neighborhoods across the city and include a number of newcomers like Ambersweet at The Confidante Miami Beach, Café Americano South Beach, Chica, La Giuletta, Maia House, Mayami Mexicantina, Planta Queen, Red Rooster Overtown, Strawberry Moon at The Goodtime Hotel, and Wayku.

“Spice provides a price point that makes it extremely accessible for people who might not usually dine with us regularly and also gives people a chance to try new things,” says Ian Fleischmann, executive chef at Strawberry Moon, the Mediterranean restaurant at Pharrell Williams and David Grutman’s The Goodtime Hotel. Hummus, kefte meatballs and pide are some of the appetizers guests can choose from, alongside mains like swordfish shawarma and branzino. For an additional $29, they can have a sommelier’s pairing with each course.


Another first-time participant, Planta Queen, the Asian-inspired plant-based restaurant which just opened last November in Coconut Grove, will serve dishes like unagi eggplant, bao sliders with chick’n fried mushrooms and Singapore noodles. “Having joined the Spice program throughout the years with Planta South Beach, we've learned that this time of year creates a unique opportunity for diners to discover plant-based cuisine they otherwise might have not ventured to try,” says Steven Salm, founder and CEO of Planta Restaurants. “Now, adding Planta Queen into the mix, we hope to showcase our modern, plant-based dishes to more of the Miami community."


Also participating for the first time, Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster in Overtown will be serving their chicken-fried green tomatoes, amberjack tiradito and signature honey fried chicken.


Chinese hotpot specialist Da Tang Zhen Wei in Brickell (sister restaurant of Zhen Wei Fang in New York) has been participating since 2018, with the exception of last year due to the pandemic. “During the most difficult time last year, we still received constant support from our guests,” shares the company’s COO Grace He. “In return, we decided to be part of Miami Spice 2021 to demonstrate our appreciation and support to the community.” Their signature hot pot and dry pot, served in personal sizes, will be the focal point of the menu, with soup stocks and dipping sauces made by their chefs from scratch. Seafood is sourced fresh locally, and various types of wagyu imported from Australia and Japan. “Customers can choose what they want based on their dietary needs, and cook it in front of them. We have vegan, keto and paleo options, too.”


“Miami Spice has become more than a program, it has become a tradition,” shares Danny Ganem, executive chef at Fiola Miami, sister restaurant of the Michelin-starred flagship by Fabio Trabocchi in Washington DC. “You can hear neighbors, family members and friends that are marking their calendars with restaurants to visit and strategizing on how they can visit the most restaurants. For us, it is about showcasing what we can do to the community and give them a taste of our cuisine.” These dishes, which include a gorgeous smoked salmon bruschetta, bucatini fra diavolo and Duroc pork chop, were “crafted by having our local purveyors, farmers and fishermen in mind. Seasonality is key to what we do on a daily basis so bringing in beautiful produce, meats, fish and seafood is part of the experience.”


Summer dishes are the focus at The Betsy Hotel’s LT Steak & Seafood, now helmed by executive chef Andrew Zarzosa. “We are keeping it light and summer-focused,” he shares. Diners can expect enjoy local fish aguachile in tomato water, black bass with Catalan-style spinach, and a flat-iron steak with romesco and charred leeks. “For lunch, we are doing a Cuban pizza which was on The Alley menu before we closed.”


In Coral Gables, Tur Kitchen’s Chilean-born executive chef Christian Chirino has decided to put one of his signatures, cauliflower cooked three ways, served with a beets reduction and spiced aleppo, on the menu for the same reason, “It’s a great summer option, vegan, and it represents a true essence of the Mediterranean flavors.”


Byblos at The Royal Palm South Beach, which has been participating yearly since its opening in 2015, is known for their generous Miami Spice offerings, with two appetizers, a main course, a side and dessert. “We like that we have made new customers guests for life by providing the full Byblos experience, even with a lower price point,” shares Seko Sener, regional director of operations and development at Ink Entertainment Group.


Keeping it exciting and offering incentives for guests to make repeat visits throughout the summer months is Stubborn Seed, one of only three Miami restaurants on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ 50 Best Discovery list. “We love how the Miami Spice program offers an accessible price point and makes it exciting to try new restaurants they may have not been to before. Our menu will change throughout the Spice months making it even more fun,” discloses chef/partner Jeremy Ford. “Our truffle chicken dish has been on since opening and it's my favorite; the gnudi dish is another one of our craveable dishes that is a must try. Can’t wait to enchant all of our new guests!”


Here are the restaurants participating in Miami Spice 2021:


107 steak and bar

1111 Peruvian Bistro

7 Spices Restaurant & Lounge

94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

Addikt Modern Kitchen

Amare Ristorante

Ambersweet at The Confidante Miami Beach

Amore Restaurant & Bar

Anacapri Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar (Pinecrest)

Aromas Del Peru Coral Gables

Artisan Beach House at The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour

Atlantikós at The St. Regis Bal Harbour

Azabu Miami Beach

Back Door Monkey

Bakan

Baleen Kitchen

Baoli

Barsecco

Bellmónt Spanish Restaurant

Blue Collar

Blue Matisse

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

Boulud Sud

Bourbon Steak Miami

Brasserie Brickell Key

Brasserie Central

Bulla Gastrobar (Coral Gables, Doral, The Falls)

Byblos Miami

Café Catula Fine Restaurant and Art Gallery

Café Americano South Beach

Café La Trova

Caffe Vialetto

Caña Restaurant and Lounge

Cantina Beach

Cafe La Trova

Casablanca on the Bay

Chica

Corsair Kitchen & Bar

Crust

Da Tang Zhen Wei

Diya Miami

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen

Doma Restaurant

Donna Mare Trattoria

Drunken Dragon

Edge Steak & Bar

Esotico Miami

Estiatorio Milos

Estiatorio Ornos

Fi'lia Restaurant

Fiola Miami

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

Fontana

Fuego Y Mar at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

Gitano Miami at Casa Faena

Glass & Vine

Habitat

Hakkasan Miami Beach

Hard Rock Cafe Miami

Havana 1957 Ocean Drive

IL Mulino NY at Acqualina Resort & Residences

Jaguar Latin-American Kitchen

Jaya at The Setai

Juvia Miami

Kao Sushi & Grill

Katsuya South Beach

La Cerveceria De Barrio

La Giulietta

La Terraza Café & Bar

Le Zoo Restaurant

Lido Restaurant and Bayside Grill

Lightkeepers

LT Steak & Seafood

Marion

Mercato Della Pescheria Miami Beach

Mignonette

Maia House

Marea 1939 at National Hotel

Market at Edition

Mayami Mexicantina

Mercato Della Pescheria Miami Beach

Mi'Talia Kitchen and Bar

Mignonette

Nido Caffe e Ristorante

Novecento (Aventura, Brickell, Doral, Key Biscayne)

Ola Restaurant

Old Lisbon Sunset Drive

O'lima Signature Cuisine

Orange Blossom

Osteria Del Teatro

Palat

Pao by Paul Qui at Faena Miami Beach

Pascal's On Ponce

Peacock Garden Bistro

Perl By Chef IP

Phuc Yea

Pisco y Nazca Doral

Pisco y Nazca Kendall

Planta

Planta Queen

Pubbelly Sushi (Aventura, Brickell, Dadeland, Miami Beach)

Public Square

Red South Beach

Red Rooster Overtown

Reunion Ktchn Bar

Rioja Grille

Root & Bone South Miami

RWSB Miami

Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante

Sawa Restaurant & Lounge

Scarpetta by Scott Conant

Seasons 52

Serafina Aventura

Shula's Steak 2

Stiltsville Fish Bar

STK Miami Beach

Strada in the Grove

Strawberry Moon at The Goodtime Hotel

StripSteak by Michael Mina

Stubborn Seed

Sushi Garage

Sweet Liberty

Talavera Cocina Mexicana

Tanuki Miami

Tap 42 Craft Kitchen & Bar (Aventura, Coral Gables, Midtown)

Texas de Brazil Miami Beach

The Bazaar by José Andrés

The Strand at Carillon Miami

The Ocean Grill

Tigertail + Mary

Toro Toro

Toscana Divino

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab

Tur Kitchen

Two Chefs Restaurant

Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge

Wayku

Whitney's Restaurant

Zucca Restaurant


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