Miami is known for its vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, and diverse culinary scene. Every year, food enthusiasts eagerly anticipate Miami Spice, a two-month-long culinary extravaganza that allows locals and visitors to indulge in the city's top restaurants at reduced summer prices. Enjoy three-course meals at top eateries for just $30/$35 for lunch/brunch and $45/$60 for dinner.
In this blog, we'll take you on a gastronomic journey through three charming neighborhoods in Miami: Pinecrest, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables, showcasing some of the must-visit Miami Spice spots.
Nestled in the southern part of Miami-Dade County, Pinecrest is a serene and picturesque neighborhood known for its lush greenery and upscale dining options. During Miami Spice, Pinecrest comes alive with a delectable array of cuisines. One of the standout restaurants in this area is Platea.
Bulla Gastrobar: Voted one of the "Ten Best Brunches In Miami" by the Miami New Times, Bulla — pronounced “boo-ya” — serves weekend brunch at several locations including one in the Falls. To start try the $19 bottomless mimosa or Bulla’s red or white sangria. Make sure to try the "Huevos Bulla," homemade potato chips topped with a fried egg, serrano ham, potato foam, and truffle oil. Brunchgoers with a sweet tooth can opt for the blueberry and ricotta pancakes or the churros con chocolate made with fried dough or the Hazelnut Waffles as a treat for a rough week. You deserve it. Find their Miami Spice menu here
Coconut Grove, with its Bohemian vibe and rich history, is another excellent destination for Miami Spice enthusiasts. This neighborhood boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants, making it a haven for foodies.
Amal: One of my favorite Lebanese restaurants, Amal, offers cuisine in a bright and airy environment. Diners can expect new takes on traditional entrees such as monk salad, truffle rakakat, pistachio kebab, and black cod harra, all prepared by chef Wissam Baki. There is also an ample assortment of Lebanese wines. Amal boasts a lunch menu for Miami Spice Mon - Fri. I suggest the Tabbouleh, Hummus, Fried Kibbeh, and Prawns (though the last option is sadly not on the Spice menu).
Ariete: This modern American eatery is Chef Michael Beltran's ode to his Cuban-American heritage. Ariete's Miami Spice menu might include dishes like the Chug Burger with a chorizo patty, or the delectable Chocolate Flan for dessert. The restaurant's cozy ambiance and inventive cuisine make it a must-visit during Miami Spice.
Lulu in the Grove: Known for its laid-back atmosphere and Mediterranean-inspired menu, Lulu in the Grove is a local favorite. During Miami Spice, you can sample dishes like the Grilled Lamb Chops and their signature Lulu Tiramisu. The lush outdoor seating area adds to the charm of this Coconut Grove gem.
Coral Gables, often referred to as "The City Beautiful," is renowned for its Mediterranean Revival architecture and upscale dining establishments. When it comes to Miami Spice, Coral Gables has some of the most sophisticated options.
Pascal's on Ponce: Pascal’s does classic French food. It's delicious and sumptous (theinfatuation.com says they think about their cheese souffle at least twice a week). They suggest starting with the steamed mussels, ordering the braised short rib for your main dish, and finishing with the fromage blanc “panna cotta.” Yum.
Cibo Wine Bar: As the name suggests, Cibo Wine Bar offers an extensive selection of wines to complement their Italian-inspired dishes. During Miami Spice, you can savor classic Italian fare like their Homemade Gnocchi or Osso Buco Milanese. The warm and rustic ambiance creates a perfect setting for a romantic evening.
Miami Spice is not just a culinary event; it's a celebration of Miami's diverse food culture. Miami Spice allows you to experience a blend of international and local flavors, all while enjoying discounted prix-fixe menus at some of the city's finest restaurants. So, grab your appetite and discover the culinary wonders of Miami Spice.