As the end of summer nears, Miamians look forward to Miami Spice (From August 1 through September 30), the time-honored promotion that offers prix fixe menus at some of the Magic City’s most sought after locales. Here are five spots where you’ll be offered something extra.
For an experience that won’t leave you the least bit hungry, head to Lobster Bar Sea Grill Miami Beach. When you order from the prix fixe menu, you’ll be treated to full-size appetizers like jumbo blue gulf shrimp on ice and grilled Mediterranean octopus, which are sizable enough to be shared. The entrees, which range from a daily selection of European whole fish to lobster stuffed lobster, are also substantial, leaving barely any room for dessert. But who is going to pass up profiteroles drizzled in dark chocolate? 404 Washington Ave., 305-377-2675
Beyond offering a serene Japanese garden-inspired ambience, Jaya at the Setai is also including a selection of specially priced sake with the Miami Spice menu this season. If you haven’t been this Miami Beach haven yet, this is the ideal opportunity, and you’re in for a treat. Presenting an elevated roster of appetizers including truffle dumplings and wagyu bao buns, and mains such as tandoor sea bass, dining here is a given. 2001 Collins Ave., 855-923-7899
How often do you get to meander through the Italiante mansion that once belonged to the iconic designer Gianni Versace? If you make a reservation at Gianni’s at the Villa, Instagram-worthy photo opportunities will be abundance, along with a high end Italian and Mediterranean-inspired menu that will satisfy your carbohydrate cravings as well as your sweet tooth. We hear the chocolate lava cake is not to be missed. 1116 Ocean Dr., 786-485-2200
Chef Daniel Boulud’s namesake eatery opened earlier this year in Downtown Miami, so it’s the restaurant’s first time taking on Miami Spice. In the spirit of newness, the menu will rotate every two weeks with unique Mediterranean dishes that draw inspiration from locales like France, Spain, Greece, and Morocco. No matter what you order, expect an elevated experience featuring dishes that are equal parts artful and delicious. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way., 305-421-8800
A Complimentary Glass of Wine or Cocktail at Bird & Bone
Although the menu doesn’t include the fried chicken for which Chef Richard Hales is famed, it does include a libation of your choice (and you can always request an order of the chicken). Dreamed up in the vein of authentic Southern cuisine with a modern twist, the Miami Spice menu features a deviled Caesar salad, a roast pork shank with blueberry barbecue sauce, and crispy skin snapper with heirloom green beans. The result is addictive, down to the fried apple hand pies with salted caramel sauce. 4041 Collins Ave., 305-424-1234