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By: Matthew Meltzer

No place wraps up summer better than Greater Miami & Miami Beach, especially from a culinary perspective. For foodies, it’s an exciting time: Throughout August and September 2022, the destination’s top restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus as part of Miami Spice restaurant months. The two-month event allows locals and visitors alike to discover restaurants in Miami they might not usually try, with lunch and brunch for $28 and three-course dinner menus for only $45. This year, for the first time, select restaurants will also offer “deluxe” Miami Spice dinner menus for $60, presenting some of their finest offerings at substantial savings.

If you’re looking to make the most of Miami Spice, here are some of the top menus to try. Click on the links in the article to access listings for each of the restaurants; you’ll find direct links to their Miami Spice menus there, too.

Blue Collar, MiMo District

In an unusual move in the world of prix-fixe menus, the Miami Spice menu at comfort food favorite Blue Collar will be identical to what you can find there all year. Diners are invited to choose anything they like from the full appetizer, main course and dessert menus. If you’re longing for shrimp and grits followed by a Corben sandwich with braised brisket and potato latkes, it’s all yours. If you’d prefer to start with Cuban sandwich spring rolls and then move on to filet mignon, nobody’s going to stop you. After the meal, throw aside any thoughts of caloric restrictions and ask for one of Blue Collar’s amazing desserts, such as butterscotch Heath Bar bread pudding or the hummingbird cake. Guests can also enjoy a free beer or glass of wine.

Mojito at Cafe La Trova
Start with one of Julio Cabrera's award-winning cocktails

Cafe La Trova, Little Havana

Cuban classics abound at Cafe La Trova, a Little Havana restaurant and cocktail bar that recently earned a nod from the vaunted Michelin Guide. You’ll definitely want to start with one of Julio Cabrera’s award-winning cocktails, even though they’re not on the Spice menu. Sip it as you choose from ceviches, jerk chicken wings, ropa vieja and watermelon caprese appetizers. Then settle in with a big plate of lechon asado, picadillo, arroz con pollo a la plancha, shrimp Creole or other Caribbean staples for your main. Cap it all off with flan, tres leches or Chef Michelle Bernstein’s special Key lime pie.

Kitchen 305, Sunny Isles Beach

You won’t find a better spot for waterfront Miami Spice dining than Kitchen 305 at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles Beach. Marvel at the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying an appetizer of scallop and watermelon aguachile, pork belly with sweet corn, roasted heirloom carrots or cauliflower and corn fritters. Dive into your entree of snapper, lamb loin, swordfish or roasted chicken. Finish with coconut tres leches, apple fritters, pistachio panna cotta, or cherry and almond cobbler.

LEKU at Rubell Museum, Allapattah

The restaurant at the Rubell Museum in Allapattah is a work of art in and of itself, offering Basque-inspired cuisine inside a lush garden adorned with modern art. LEKU’s Miami Spice menu includes such appetizers as short rib sliders en leche and Key West pink shrimp in garlic sauce – complementing entrees of slow-cooked rack of lamb and braised Wagyu beef cheeks. Inventive dessert options include smoked ice cream with beet juice, chocolate ganache tart and a Basque cheese tart. Dinner is $45 per person on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and $60 on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant also offers a Miami Spice lunch menu Wednesday through Sunday.

LPM Restaurant & Bar, Brickell

Brickell’s finest traditional French restaurant goes all in for Miami Spice, plating its intricate cuisine for a $60 set price. Appetizer offerings include salmon carpaccio with guacamole, ratatouille with feta cheese, veal stuffed with veggies, and burrata. LPM’s famous Duck L’Orange leads the entree selections. The Bavette steak with chimichurri is the move for meat eaters, while pasta lovers should go for the rigatoni Bolognese. For dessert, the French toast with spiced ice cream never disappoints – though you can’t go wrong with the house-made sorbets or vanilla cheesecake with cherry compote.

OLA Miami, South Beach

If you’re looking for a breezy outdoor lunch spot to enjoy Miami Spice, head to OLA in South Beach. This mid-century modern space serves up some of the top Latin American food in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. OLA’s special Miami Spice lunch menu is available seven days a week. Start off with the corvina ceviche for something light and refreshing, or the mini lobster or short rib empanadas for some authentic Argentinean flavor. Entrees include skirt steak with chimichurri, crab cakes, portobello mushroom churrasco and OLA’s legendary spicy wings. Desserts are unique, with options like the OLA yucca cake or homemade sugar cane pudding giving lunch a sweet finish.

Prime Fish, South Beach

Seafood lovers looking for a Miami Spice deal are going to love what’s going on at Prime Fish. This seafood outpost has a stellar menu that starts off with lobster bisque, Key West calamari, ceviche misto or homemade seafood dumplings. Entree options include baked branzino, swordfish schnitzel and Asian-inspired wok-charred King salmon. The menu also includes a Wagyu Denver steak for carnivores and grilled vegetables with quinoa for vegetarians. Prime’s famous fried Oreos are on the dessert menu, as well as chocolate pudding s’mores with bourbon popcorn brittle.

Toro Toro dining room
Try Toro Toro's Miami Spice offerings

Toro Toro, Downtown Miami

Richard Sandoval’s steakhouse at the InterContinental Miami hotel serves up some of the top Latin-style steaks in Miami. For Miami Spice, Toro Toro is changing things up a bit, starting off the menu with amarillo tuna ceviche, Mexican chipotle BBQ pork ribs and elote corn salad as appetizer options. For mains, the lone steak offering is a flat iron yuzu flank steak with carrot puree and huancaina sauce, though you can upgrade to an 8 oz. filet for $49 and a 29 oz. Prime tomahawk for $149. Dessert options include raspberry lime cake, blueberry pavlova and the Instagram-ready La Bomba – a chocolate sphere that melts when sauce is poured on top. (There’s a $20 upcharge for this one.)

Remember to check out all the wonderful restaurants participating in Miami Spice during August and September. Coming to Miami at a different time of year? Find more great places to dine in Greater Miami & Miami Beach.

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