Hot Miami Beach Restaurants To Try During Miami Spice

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The unique entrance at Chotto Matte

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Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann at Faena

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Miami Spice kicks off August 1 and runs through the end of September. During this time, diners enjoy $39 three-course prix fixe dinners, and $23 lunches and brunches at participating restaurants. With over 160 restaurants participating across Greater Miami and the Beaches, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites on Miami Beach. Happy eating!

Azabu at The Stanton South Beach

The South Beach outpost of this Michelin-starred New York City sushi den is tucked away in a stylish-Zen dining room inside The Stanton hotel. Take advantage of Azabu’s Miami Spice dinner menu to sample a little bit of everything. Start with the Japanese wagyu tataki with truffle ponzu or the grilled octopus with coriander mayo. For your entrée, choose from a selection of sashimi over sushi rice, branzino with umami butter or the kobu skirt steak. And for dessert, save room for Masa’s chocolate cake, matcha cheesecake or yuzu key lime pie.

Upland

A winning collaboration between celebrated chef Justin Smillie and renowned restaurateur Stephen Starr, Upland became an instant hot spot when it opened in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. During Miami Spice, come out for weekend brunch or a weekday dinner to get a taste of the menu. Favorites at dinnertime include the wahoo crudo, ricotta gnudi with spring peas, fava, parmigiana and shiso, mortadella pizza with pecorino and mozzarella, flax seed-crusted cod and coal-roasted short rib with castelvetrano olives. As you can see, the list goes on and on! At brunch, you can’t go wrong with the avocado toast and cacio e pepe pasta. And the California dreamsicle made with blood orange, yogurt and chocolate crunchies is a winning dessert any time of day.

Chotto Matte

Indulge in upscale Peruvian Nikkei cuisine at the new Chotto Matte tucked away behind a monumental door just off Lincoln Road’s 1111 Building. With dramatic interiors by renowned landscape architect Raymond Jungles, the scene is set for a lively dining experience. They’re offering Miami Spice at lunch and dinner, but we think dinner is the way to go with a full family style meal of eight different items including ceviche, shrimp spring rolls, eggplant miso, beef short rib, chicken with cilantro potatoes and a spicy tuna roll.

Leynia at Delano South Beach

The Delano recently refreshed its dining and nightlife offerings and introduced Leynia as its marquee restaurant with seating on its iconic tiered terrace overlooking the pool. The Argentinian grill is infused with the flavors of Japan for a stunningly creative menu. Enjoy lunch or dinner here during Miami Spice with crave-worthy dishes including ceviche, beef carpaccio, cauliflower with sweet chili, smoked almonds and crema de limon, grilled strip loin chimichurri, branzino a la plancha and omakese sushi.

Byblos

Byblos is a Toronto transplant dishing up fresh and fragrant Eastern Mediterranean fare highlighting by both traditional and local ingredients—and it’s become a local’s favorite during Miami Spice. Start your dinner with a choice of two mezzes such as duck kibbeh or the jeweled kale salad with pomegranate, crispy carrot and kefalograviera cheese. The Turkish pide bread with black truffle, buffalo mozzarella and haloumi is a heavenly indulgence ($10 supplement charge). For entrees, you can’t go wrong with the short rib kebab or the yogurt baked Atlantic cod with toasted breadcrumbs, walnuts and brown butter.

Matador Room at The Miami Beach EDITION

When chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten serves a Miami Spice dinner, it’s wise to make dinner reservations ASAP. His pan-Latin Matador Room dabbles in the flavors of Spain, the Caribbean and South America for a playful and eclectic menu inside a sumptuous dining room. During Miami Spice, they’re highlighting the famous arroz con pollo dish made with crackling skin and lemon zest, as well as the manchego and spinach pizza. You can also choose from charred octopus, maitake mushrooms with goat cheese and Key West shrimp with lime emulsion. Save room for dessert and choose from churros with pineapple cajeta, tres leches cake or chocolate mousse.

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallman at Faena

Cascading in lush red velvet and tiger print, the gold-flecked dining room of Los Fuegos by Francis Mallman at the Faena is all luxury. It’s the first North American outpost by the legendary Argentine chef and asado grill master. The spacious outdoor terrace and bar is where chefs literally cook with flames in an open kitchen. During Miami Spice, it’s a carnivore’s dream at lunch or dinner. You must try the New York strip with chimichurri and crust potatoes. The wood oven flatbread with wild mushrooms, mozzarella and lemon zest or the black and blue salmon with horseradish cream, cucumber and dill are great places to start. Enjoy a sweet ending with their dulce de leche flan.

Stiltsville Fish Bar

Powerhouse chef couple Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis recently opened a neighborhood fish house in Sunset Harbour with Stiltsville. The airy dining room overlooks Biscayne Bay for a casual, yet chic setting appropriate for a delicious meal any day of the week. In addition to lunch and dinner, Stiltsville is also serving a Miami Spice weekend brunch menu. Grab a seat on the terrace in the sunshine and delight in their sweet corn spoon bread made with buttermilk cream and scallions, eggs benedict with pork belly bacon or shrimp ‘n grits with creole sausage and sweet peas. They’ve even developed a healthy Skinny Mermaid menu for those who want a delicious and nutritious meal. Items include ceviche, smoked fish dip and a hammock salad made with grapefruit, hearts of palm, avocado and heirloom tomatoes.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres at SLS South Beach

The Bazaar by Jose Andres is a Miami Spice All Star. It’s the perfect time to sample a wide variety of the avant-garde Spanish chef’s creations inside the surrealist dining room crowned by an enormous shell-encrusted chandelier by Philippe Starck. Their Miami Spice tapas-style dinner menu allows you to choose three entrees in addition to your first course and dessert. We love the Cuban coffee rubbed churrasco steak, slow-cooked garlic chicken thigh, sautéed shrimp, patatas bravas and croquetas de pollo. For dessert, go with the Jose’s interpretation on key lime pie.

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