By Erica Greenfield
August is about to get even hotter when the summer’s spiciest event returns to the 305. On August 1, Miami Spice will be making its grand return offering mouth-watering prix-fixe meals at some of the city’s finest restaurants. The popular promotion, which offers lunch specials at $23 and dinner for $39, was created to encourage locals to explore new eateries while helping others stay afloat during the sluggish summer months.
Running from August 1 to September 30, the two-month long culinary event is a favorite among local foodies. With over 100 participating restaurants, there’s no shortage of delicious options to choose from. It’s sometimes difficult to narrow down the top picks, so here are some of our recommendations for this year’s notable newcomers.
Although a blend of Italian, French and Persian fare seems a bit odd, just take one bite and it will all come together. Located in the heart of the Arts & Entertainment District, this farm-to-table eatery serves up international cuisine in a bright and cozy space. Popular dishes include Asian Marinated Skirt Steak, Votano Meatballs and the Persian Sundae for dessert.
MORIMOTO SOUTH BEACH
The Iron Chef is known for his creative fusion of Western and Japanese ingredients and flavors. Hidden poolside at the Shelbourne, Morimoto offers an eclectic menu featuring Himachi Tacos, sushi samples, Seafood Toban Yaki and a tofu cheesecake to top it all off.
MARKET AT EDITION
Reminiscent of the great markets of Barcelona and Madrid, celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s 21st century food bazaar offers gourmet food in an airy setting overlooking Collins Avenue. Promotional menu items include Florida Red Snapper Ceviche, Mushroom, Garlic-Parsley Oil and Organic Farm Egg Pizza and a sinful Chocolate Marshmallow Cake with malted ganache.
QUALITY MEATS RESTAURANT
This is not your average steakhouse. Located in the heart of South Beach, Quality Meats is the first venture outside of New York for father-son team Alan and Michael Stillman and provides an old-world feel with a contemporary approach. Their Spice menu includes House-Cured Slab Bacon with peanut butter and jalapeño jelly, Honey Glazed Baby Back Ribs and Grilled Bavette Steak.
Classic favorites returning to the 2015 event include Area 31, Azul, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Hakkasan, MC Kitchen, Mignonette, Pubbelly, Scarpetta and Swine. Visit the official site of Miami Spice to view a full list of participating restaurants.
May all decisions be this tough. As always, bon appétit Miami!