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By: Patricia Azze

You’ve put your toes in the sand, checked out Art Deco gems on Ocean Drive and done your share of epic shopping along Lincoln Road. But until you’ve dined at one or more of these fabulous Miami Spice restaurants, your Miami Beach experience just isn’t complete. Take advantage of prix-fixe menus during August and September to expand your culinary horizons – or to return to favorite haunts.

One of Greater Miami’s famed foodie destinations, Miami Beach is known internationally for its trendy restaurants and iconic institutions. Diners can expect to find fare inspired by the Atlantic Ocean and the freshest local produce, or to do some culinary exploration with menus influenced by cultures from across the globe. No matter where you dine, expect the unique vibe of Miami Beach to enliven every dining experience here.

Below, we’ve given you a sampling of typical entrees at some of the participating eateries. The prix-fixe menus for each location will be posted on the Miami Spice site as they become available.

Interior of Byblos Miami
Byblos Miami inside the Royal Palm South Beach Hotel beckons you to book a table

Byblos

The chic interior at Byblos is probably enough to sway you to book a table, but it’s the food that will entice you to return. The bright and airy two-story space, located inside the Royal Palm hotel in South Beach, is home to the cuisines of the Eastern Mediterranean. The family-style menu showcases classic dishes with a modern spin, such as duck kibbeh with dried fig, date molasses and tahini. While the flavors are distinctly Mediterranean, you won’t forget you’re in Miami Beach. Between the lounge-y atmosphere, the breezy decor and the fresh Florida fish on the menu, it’s the sort of place that can only exist here.

Casa Isola Osteria

Located in the bayside pocket of Miami Beach known as Sunset Harbour, Casa Isola Osteria is a new Italian restaurant by the James Beard Award-nominated team behind the popular Pubbelly restaurants. Specializing in Italian dishes with a Sicilian slant, Casa Isola serves food that’s perfect for vacation indulgences, with menu items such as braised rabbit ragu and short rib & truffle ravioli. The indoor and outdoor seating areas, set just steps from the water, feel both breezy and intimate.

Drunken Dragon BBQ
The BBQ at Drunken Dragon lets you grill your meat right at your table

Drunken Dragon

Two good-time dining experiences come together at Drunken Dragon in South Beach: Korean barbecue and tiki. Though its location in a strip mall looks unremarkable from the outside, Drunken Dragon is a raucous restaurant where Korean barbecue, modern Asian tapas and all the kitschy fun of tiki-themed libations come together for a memorable night out. Whether you choose to grill your own meat at the barbecue tables or order a signature item such as stone pot rice, Wagyu beef gyoza or truffle, nori and pecorino popcorn, you’re sure to enjoy your time at this lively spot.

Juvia

If it’s a rooftop vibe you seek, Juvia is the place to be for Miami Spice. This open-air restaurant atop the iconic 1111 Lincoln Road building is a South Beach classic, due in part to its location crowning the part parking garage, part architectural masterpiece that is a destination in its own right. At this restaurant and lounge, expect inventive cocktails and an eclectic menu perfect for the breezy setting. Start with a summer lychee, made with grapefruit and rose vodka, lychee liquor, lime juice and lychee puree. The cuisine is an elegant blend of French, Japanese and Peruvian cooking styles, the result of a collaboration among three innovative chefs.

LT Steak at The Betsy
LT Steak & Seafood serves high-quality steaks and fresh-caught fish

LT Steak & Seafood

A luxury boutique retreat on South Beach’s famed Ocean Drive, The Betsy Hotel is often found atop “best of” lists. LT Steak & Seafood – The Betsy’s in-house restaurant – upholds this tradition of excellence. In fact, Chef Laurent Tourondel heads up a dozen fine restaurants around the world. For LT Steak & Seafood, Tourondel was inspired by his native France, as well as travels in Asia and Latin America. The menu lives up to the restaurant’s name, focusing on high-quality steaks and fresh-caught fish. Don’t skip the cocktails: The Hemingway Daiquiri is the perfect summertime refresher.

The Strand

Oceanfront dining and expertly prepared, contemporary Mediterranean cuisine are the main attractions at The Strand at Carillon Miami in North Beach, where chefs source ingredients from local organic farms. Choose from the bright, relaxed dining room, or dine outside on the lovely blue and white patio where you’ll be close enough to the water to hear the sound of the waves. For dinner, dig into the ricotta spinach ravioli with heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil, order the fresh catch of the day, or splurge on the T-bone Wagyu steak Florentine for two. Breakfast and lunch are served daily, while dinner is offered Wednesday through Sunday nights. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available, making it easy to please everyone in your dining party.

Stripsteak by Michael Mina inside Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel
Stripsteak by Michael Mina offers an elegant and memorable dining experience

Stripsteak by Michael Mina

Located in the historic Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in Mid-Beach, Stripsteak by Michael Mina offers an elegant dining experience along with expertly aged steaks, fresh seafood and decadent desserts. Start with the seafood tower or tuna tartare, then order main course items from the grill such as the dry-aged bone-in ribeye or the over-the-top 50-ounce Australian Tomahawk steak. Like many traditional steakhouses, sides are à la carte and range from creamed spinach to crispy Brussels sprouts. If you can, save room for a delicious slice of chocolate ganache cake. If you’re celebrating a birthday or special event – or simply want to treat yourself to a memorable dining experience – Stripsteak is an excellent choice.

Tanuki

In an homage to the Far East, Tanuki brings together the best of Japanese and Chinese cuisine, with both sushi and dim sum among its offerings. The restaurant is decorated in a minimalist style. It has a clean, industrial feel, with bamboo and wood wall coverings warming things up. Expect surprising combinations such as salmon pizza and beef-and-foie xiao long bao. Vegans take note: Tanuki’s regular menu is filled with tempting options such as a soba and shiitake maki and vegan dim sum.

Remember to check out all the wonderful restaurants participating in Miami Spice during August and September.

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