August is my favorite month of the year because it’s when the planets align and bring us Miami Spa month AND Miami Spice. Don’t you love gluttony and indulgence? I sure do!
This year Miami Spice is hotter than ever with a broader range of restaurants including a few which are new on the scene. Participating restaurants offer three-course meals featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs at reduced prices: Lunch/Brunch $23 and Dinner $39.
If you’re interested in learning more about these and other restaurants, check out my Instagram Stories. I’ll be capturing behind the scenes #foodporn while I sample some of the hottest dishes during Miami Spice.
The Brunch List
We are starting off with my favorite meal, brunch. Who doesn’t love brunch!? Seriously guys, it’s like the best meal of the week! I look forward to the weekend every day just knowing brunch is just a Saturday and Sunday away. Here are the spots to check out during brunch this Miami Spice.
- Stubborn Seed. Jeremy Ford has been on an upward trajectory ever since winning Top Chef. At Stubborn Seed, he has come into his own by creating a menu that’s flavorful and elegant but never pretentious. 101 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 786-322-5211; stubbornseed.com. Spice offered for dinner Tuesday through Friday and brunch Sunday.
- Ariete. Chef Michael Beltran has earned accolades and devotees for his fine food in a casual and family-friendly Coconut Grove setting. I’m so excited they are offering a brunch menu for spice because I’m obsessed with their $20 bottomless. 3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133; arietemiami.com Call for reservations and menu offerings.
- Mignonette. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Miami because their brunch always delivers. On their brunch menu for Miami Spice is mignonettemiami.com. Spice offered for dinner seven days a week, lunch Monday through Friday, and brunch Saturday AND Sunday. 210 NE 18th St.,Miami; 305-374-4635;
- Planta. – Banana Pancakes and Falafel Tacos are two of my favorite foods and luckily they are served on the brunch menu for Planta. The restaurant was opened with the purpose of creating delicious food that promotes environmental sustainability and fills a void in the market of upscale, full service, plant-based dining options. I’m jazzed to try their brunch. 850 Commerce Street, Miami Beach, Florida 33139 1.305.397.8513
The Lunch List
Perfect for professionals on the go, I’m including two spots worth trying!
- Sushi Club. For those of you looking for a workday escape, check out Sushi Club in the Gables. Miami Spice lunch includes a chef’s sushi combination, with nine pieces at lunchtime. It’s a great lunch for the work week especially if you don’t want the food coma. Since it’s healthy, you can enjoy the dulce de leche ice cream from Freddo. 127 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 786-864-1212; sushiclubweb.us. Spice menus for lunch and dinner.
- Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann. Have lunch in the playful terrace, and enjoy the smoke and flame cooking from acclaimed Argentine grill master Francis Mallmann. Start with the Faena.com. Spice menu offered for lunch Monday-Friday and dinner Sunday-Thursday. ntree I’m coveting is the Cool off with the grilled pineapple with coconut ice cream. Faena Hotel, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-655-5600,
The Dinner List
Hoping my babe is taking notes! These dinner spots are so caliente… he is sure to win some major brownie points at date night. Double points if he shares his dessert.
- Amara at Paraiso. Michael Schwartz’s newest endeavor, Amara at Paraiso, has a Latin-inspired menu offers mouth watering dinner options. I’m craving the Crispy Flounder entree, and the Arroz Verde with a poached egg, and mushroom escabeche… yum. For dessert, cool off with a mango palette – they also make for a great photo opp. 3101 NE Seventh Ave., Miami; 305-702-5528; amaraatparaiso.com. Spice offered for dinner Sunday through Thursday.
- Three. While they have a limited Miami Spice menu Norman Van Aken’s return to the Miami dining scene is a worthwhile experience. The beautiful midcentury-modern dining room and the ambiance created by one of Miami’s first master chefs makes for a great evening. I’m excited to try the Grouper poached in bonito butter and the horchata-infused Arroz con Leche. 50 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-748-4540; threewynwood.com. Spice offered for dinner Tuesday through Saturday
- Habitat. Located at my favorite place on the planet (seriously sponsor me already), the 1 Hotel on SOBE, Habitat is home to the celebrated local chef Jose Mendin and chef de cuisine Angel Palacios. They have teamed to create Latin-Asian hybrid cuisine which has become one of the trendiest restaurants in town. Excited to try the Lechon Bao Buns appetizer and the Mussels Frites. 1 Hotel and Homes South Beach, 2395 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-6700, HabitatMB.com. Spice dinners Sunday-Thursday
- Azabu Miami Beach. Based on a sister concept in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood that earned a Michelin star for serving omakase, Azabu Miami Beach offers a sushi bowl on its nightly Spice dinner menu. An order includes a day’s selection of mixed sashimi, which is served over warm sushi rice. It’s a healthier option and a great ambiance! 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520; azabuglobal.com.
Check out these restaurants and the rest of the participating locations via this website. For your convenience, I tagged my outfit details within the post! Now go get spicy in Miami!!