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(Miami) Spice Up Quarantine

Need to Get Out of the House? Dine at These Miami Spice Restaurants

Miami Spice looks different this year. Usually a two-month promotion starting in August, it turned into four, giving the restaurant industry a much needed boost post-shutdown. However, restaurants without outdoor dining had to switch to “Spice To Go” in early July when indoor dining rooms were forced to close again. Compared to last year, the number of Coral Gables restaurants participating in Miami Spice were cut in half. But we are still left with a dozen establishments with stellar three-course brunch/lunch menus for $25 and dinner menus for $39. We visited seven of the 12 restaurants below.

Amore Restaurant & Bar, Bachour, Bellmónt Spanish Restaurant, Brasserie Central, Bulla Gastrobar, K.a.o. Sushi & Grill, Pascal’s on Ponce, Sawa Restaurant & Lounge, Seasons 52, Talavera Cocina Mexicana, Tap 42, Tur Kitchen


Starter: The seared eggplant may have been the best dish of the night. Atop a layer of San Marzano tomato, the eggplant is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and complimented by its feta and sourdough toppings. Entrée: The wagyu steak caught our eye and it did not disappoint. The chef recommends cooking it medium rare for a truly flavorful cut of beef. And the polenta fries on the side are some of the best we’ve had. Dessert: With raspberry sorbet on the side, the lemon tart is sour and sweet all at the same time. But if you’re a decadent dessert lover, definitely order the chocolate nemesis tart. Though not included in the prix-fixe, we highly recommend their signature cocktails, especially the “El Faraon” if you’re into spicy drinks or “Thyme is of the Essence” for something fruity.