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By: Matthew Meltzer

If you love to try out new (or new-to-you) restaurants, don’t miss Miami Spice from August 1 through September 30, 2022, when top restaurants in Greater Miami & Miami Beach offer prix-fixe menus to entice curious diners to experience places they otherwise might not try. Plenty of Miami Spice favorites are participating this year, but if you’re looking to try out a new spot – or at least a restaurant that’s new to Miami Spice – here are some fantastic places that have joined the program for the first time this year.

The set prices for Miami Spice meals are $28 for lunch or brunch and $45 or $60 for dinner. The menus vary by location, but all restaurants offer a three-course menu with options for appetizers, main courses and dessert (and some add even more). Some spots also offer add-on supplements for such premium items as lobster or filet mignon.

Each of the restaurant paragraphs below describes the type of food and dishes you might expect to see throughout the year. Official Miami Spice menus are posted on each restaurant’s listing page (click on the links listed in this article) and on the Miami Spice website as they become available, so check back often for updates.

Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen, South Beach

Tel Aviv and Miami are both beach cities, and their flavors meet on the sunny front patio at Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen in South Beach. Start your meal by dipping fluffy laffa bread in black-and-white tahini with harissa, or try the fire-roasted matbucha. The falafel and fresh daily fish are both winners, too. Pair Abbalé’s health-conscious dishes with the restaurant’s selection of exotic Israeli wines. Abbalé is a partnership between chef Samuel Gorenstein and Omer Horev, founder of Pura Vida Miami.

Botanico Gin & Cookhouse, Coconut Grove

Gin and tonics are the pride and joy of this boisterous Coconut Grove restaurant, but dinner at Botanico Gin & Cookhouse is about much more than crazy gin creations. Executive Chef and co-owner Gerardo B. De Negri brings an international vibe to this hotspot, and the menu brings some serious Latin flair to steak and seafood. Don’t leave without trying the Ecuadorian shrimp ceviche made with tomato lime marinade. The French burger on a croissant bun might not be the low-calorie choice, but it is sure to satisfy.

CH’I, Brickell

The scene at CH’I in the Brickell neighborhood is reason enough to make it a must-go for Miami Spice. Whether you’re lounging in the elevated outdoor garden, wandering through the market or posting up in the opulent Asian-inspired dining room, you’ll feel fully immersed in the aura of Asian fusion. The menu is among the most original in Miami, bringing Latin and Chinese influences to such cross-cuisine creations as ropa vieja spring rolls and grilled swordfish lo mein.

Full Bloom, South Beach

On the front porch of an Art Deco hotel in South Beach, you’ll find one of the most cutting-edge gourmet vegan restaurants around. (TripAdvisor named Full Bloom the top vegan restaurant in the U.S. in 2021.) Whether or not you’re a vegan, you’ll be impressed by Full Bloom’s menu with black garlic curry, seitan lomo saltado, and ravioli with fresh truffle, piquing everyone’s plant-based curiosity.

Hutong, Brickell

This London import is an upscale Northern Chinese restaurant that oozes elegance in everything from its high ceilings to detailed Asian artwork. Hutong’s menu is also full of masterpieces – and a dim sum of such spicy delicacies as Sichuan peppercorn prawns or hot and sour xiao long bao is only the beginning. The kung po chicken, packed with peppers and intense flavor, is a heat head’s dream. The seafood and duck fried rice dishes ensure you’ll have plenty to take home, too.

Jattö, Wynwood

Eating in the dining room at Jattö feels a little like sitting in a forest. The deep green walls and live plants give the narrow Wynwood restaurant a natural serenity. Things are equally natural on the menu, with nearly everything locally sourced. The cuisine ranges from Spanish patatas bravas to jerk chicken with plantain chips and maduro emulsion. Raw fish options include yellowfin tuna, salmon and black grouper in a variety of unusual preparations.

The Key Club, Coconut Grove

The old-school supper club is back – with a decidedly tropical vibe – at this destination steak and seafood restaurant on the ground floor of CocoWalk. The Key Club opened earlier this year to great fanfare and has lived up to the hype with a menu of such sharable hits as maple butter hush puppies and crab cakes with basil aioli. The entrees skew a little more interesting than in supper clubs of yesteryear, as The Key Club offers guests a plant-based chicken pot pie and jah mama baby back ribs alongside a stellar selection of steaks.

Leku, Allapattah

Make it a high-culture date night at this elegant restaurant inside the Rubell Museum in Allapattah. Once you’ve perused the museum’s extensive contemporary art collection, sit down in Leku’s balmy courtyard and surround yourself with even more colorful works. The food is an upscale take on traditional Basque cuisine, boasting plenty of meat, seafood, potatoes and roasted veggies.

Playa, South Beach

Playa means “beach,” but this Lincoln Road hotspot is done up in plants and light woods that create a see-and-be-seen atmosphere that’s perfect if you’re looking for the South Beach experience. You can go light or heavy with a menu ranging from arugula pear salad to tomahawk steaks and a Cajun-spiced ribeye.

Raspoutine, South Beach

You’ll rarely find the opportunity to dine in a space as deliciously opulent as Raspoutine for a relatively affordable price as you will during Miami Spice. Indulge in grilled Maine wild fresh scallops, beef pelmenis ravioli with sour cream or other caviar-filled delicacies. At midnight, the deep-red dining room transforms into a house-party venue with a great selection of vodka and signature cocktails.

ZeroZero – Osteria Underground, Wynwood

By day, this brick-walled Italian eatery looks like a typical Neapolitan pizzeria – but come nighttime, the neon flickers on and the pizzas give way to live DJs and a glitzy nightclub vibe. Whether you stay to party is up to you, but with a fresh mozzarella bar, homemade pastas and delectable wood-fired pizzas, you may linger longer at ZeroZero than you intended.

Remember to check out all of 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.

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