4 Miami Spice Newcomers to Try

July 29, 2014 | by Lane Nieset | Food & Drink News

These first-time Miami Spice participants are aiming to please with some of the most diverse menus around. 

1826 Restaurant and Lounge in Miami.

1826 is serving up Florida-inspired dishes for Miami Spice. 


Chef Danny Grant's Spice menu at 1826 Restaurant & Lounge is centered on in-season local ingredients, with dishes like the Florida avocado salad with grapefruit and hearts of palm; poached Florida grouper with shrimp, saffron, and potatoes; and yellow fin tuna tartare with heirloom tomato, black olive, and basil. Diners start the four-course meal with a snack; choose from hen egg black-garlic custard, beef tartare cornets, smoked salmon mousse, or a leek croquette. 1826 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-763-8860

15th & Vine

Viceroy Miami's 15th-floor restaurant, 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar, is putting a boozy spin on its Spice dinner menu by incorporating spirits into a handful of the 24 dishes and desserts. We recommend starting with the shandy oysters with bacon crumble, beer emulsion, and chimichurri salt, followed by Chef Frank Rog’s specialty: Southern pork loin with pecan and peach chutney and Abita beer-braised collard greens. For dessert, order a cocktail-inspired treat like the Moscow Mule, a vodka apple tarte tatin with ginger beer sorbet, or the Bellini, consisting of peach crème brûlée with Prosecco-marinated peaches. 485 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-503-0373

Traymore at the Metropolitan by COMO in Miami.

Traymore at the new Metropolitan by COMO is hosting Miami Spice-goers. 


Executive Chef Jonathan Lane at Traymore—located inside the new Metropolitan by COMO—has put seasonal seafood and Florida fare on his three-course Spice dinner menu, which will rotate every two weeks. For the first menu round, start with Campari tomato risotto with zucchini blossoms, thyme, and aged parmesan; have a main course of wild stripped bass with shredded potato and leek cake, shitake mushrooms, and scallion vinaigrette; and end your meal with Caramélia mousse. 2445 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-3600

Michael Mina 74

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s newest bistro, Michael Mina 74, is serving a Spice dinner menu that spans Mina's global tastes to all-American favorites. For your main dish, choose from the Florida snapper with shrimp fried rice, Berkshire pork belly with grilled stonefruit and cognac-peach coulis, or buttermilk-fried chicken with hot sauce and honey. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4636


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