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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

It’s the most delicious time of the year in Greater Miami & Miami Beach – Miami Spice is back. The program offers locals and visitors a chance to try some of the best restaurants throughout the destination, with special menus at discounted prices.

Miami Spice Restaurant Months runs from August 1 through September 30, 2022. Diners can indulge in three-course meals at top eateries for just $28 for lunch and brunch. Miami Spice dinners are $45 or $60. Many of the restaurants showcase their best menu items and even create new dishes specifically for this much-anticipated dining event.

This year’s offerings include restaurants that focus on sustainability and green practices – meaning they minimize food waste, avoid plastics, use local and organic ingredients, or only use meat from animals that are humanely raised and processed. The food at the Miami Spice restaurants in this list is good for your body and for the planet.

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.

Est 33 Beer
Try beer featuring local ingredients at EST.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen

EST.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen, Brickell

At EST.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen, located on the fourth floor of Brickell City Centre, you’ll find a hyper-local Brickell brewery that’s run by a former biology teacher. Head brewer Todd Space strives as much as possible for sustainability, partnering with other area purveyors to use local ingredients in their creative, seasonal beers (check out the beer made with coffee from Great Circle Coffee Roasters). To avoid waste, Space also sends spent grain to local farmers to feed their animals. The Thai/American barbeque restaurant’s menu features such unique items as crab croquetas with red curry, a smoked platter that comes with lemongrass chicken, and the popular brisket that’s roasted for more than 12 hours. Save room for the local mango coconut sticky rice.

Full Bloom Flowers
Enjoy vegan dishes at Full Bloom

Full Bloom, Miami Beach

This is plant-based eating at its best. You’ll find that the food at Full Bloom in Miami Beach tastes as good as it looks. The restaurant is 100 percent vegan and non-GMO, and the owners grow their own oyster mushrooms at their local Marvelous Mushrooms farm. Popular items include the “buffalo wings” made with cauliflower, a lox montadito made of carrots instead of fish, summer truffle pasta, a tuna crudo that swaps watermelon for tuna, and a faux double cheeseburger that tastes like the real thing. The restaurant is doing its best to be plastic-free, and offers biodegradable to-go containers.

KYU Dining room
Don't miss KYU in Wynwood

KYU, Wynwood

Located in the artsy Wynwood neighborhood, KYU is one of the hottest restaurants in Miami. Popular mainstays include the roasted cauliflower with rich goat cheese, Superior Farms avocado salad, Thai fried rice stone pot with king crab, Korean fried chicken, and maitake mushrooms with smoked pumpkin miso. Ask your server how you can plant a tree with a donation to “Trees for the Future.” This restaurant was named one of the “Five Best Green Restaurants in Miami” by the Miami New Times.

Plant Miami, Wynwood

As part of The Sacred Space Miami, Plant Miami is a modern, plant-based restaurant that serves up vegan, kosher-certified and gluten-free food. At this sanctuary for wellness, it’s all about natural spaces and nourishing, living foods. Most of the restaurant’s ingredients – including specialty microgreens, fruits, vegetables and a huge variety of edible flowers (which make for beautiful dishes) – are sourced from the organic Paradise Farms in Homestead. Farm workers even come to the restaurant at certain times of the year to set up a market where customers can buy fresh produce. Plant Miami goes the extra mile in sustainability by foregoing plastic and offering biodegradable to-go containers and straws. Popular items include jackfruit tacos, heart of palm ceviche, cauliflower steak and a tres leches dessert.

PLANTA SOBE
Experience the plant-based creations & environmental sustainability theme at Planta

PLANTA, Coconut Grove & Miami Beach

Eating a plant-based meal is easy and delicious at PLANTA, with flavor-packed dishes that’ll impress even dedicated carnivores. PLANTA’s dedication to environmental sustainability is deeply woven throughout the business. The restaurants offer reusable containers and to-go packaging made from 100 percent compostable materials. They also make use of every part of fruits and vegetables for anything from garnishes to juices so that nothing goes to waste. At the plant-based Asian concept PLANTA Queen in Coconut Grove, you can nosh on edamame dumplings, Singapore noodles, red Thai curry noodles and mapo tofu during Miami Spice. At always-busy PLANTA South Beach, you’ll enjoy harissa carrots, BBQ jackfruit lettuce wraps and a shaved Brussels sprout salad.

The Restaurant at The Palms, Miami Beach

Nestled inside The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, The Restaurant at The Palms is a tropical oasis offering seating in a bright indoor dining room or on a breezy Caribbean-style terrace that fronts a lush garden. The hotel is centered around green operations and supports environmental sustainability – it even has its own “Green Team” that focuses on best practices. The hotel’s good-for-the-environment ethos means it regularly participates in beach cleanups, collects water samples from the ocean each week as part of Surfrider Miami’s Blue Water Task Force Program, and conserves water and energy on property. The Restaurant at The Palms is plastic-free when it comes to cutlery and straws, and the chefs select premium, sustainable ingredients from carefully selected purveyors in Florida. For Miami Spice, expect such items as a local greens salad, Stracciatella sourdough toast, crispy branzino and braised short ribs. Pair your meal with organic spirits and natural wine.

Sérêvène, Miami Beach

You’ll find Sérêvène, a contemporary Japanese-French restaurant, tucked away in the adults-only Hotel Greystone in Miami Beach. Managing Director and Executive Chef Pawan Pinisetti prioritizes sustainability by responsibly sourcing meat and fish and making sure nothing goes unused. He also utilizes seasonal, local produce as much as possible. “Sustainability is a big part of my philosophy and culinary journey and, at Sérêvène, we do our best to embrace that sentiment to the fullest,” Pinisetti says. “It was one of the focal points when we built the food and beverage program for the hotel. It wasn’t an afterthought.” During Miami Spice, you can savor beef tartare or the gualamoki prepared with tomato petals, bacon lardon and edible confetti. Move on to entrees such as Japanese green curry or lobster uni Alfredo, and end with an adults-only popsicle made of seasonal fruit and a perfectly paired liquor.

True Food Kitchen, Pinecrest

With its new location at The Falls shopping center in Pinecrest, True Food Kitchen focuses on seasonal menus that follow the anti-inflammatory food pyramid of integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil. Sustainability is at the restaurant’s core. Eco-friendly materials are used throughout the restaurant, including dining chairs made of 100 percent recycled Coke bottles. The restaurant grows its own herbs (diners can see the herb garden outside the restaurant). True Food Kitchen only selects partners that are respected stewards of land and sea, and match their mission of sustainability. On the Miami Spice menus, you’ll find nutrient-dense staples such as salads, teriyaki quinoa bowls, poke bowls, appetizers such as the wild-caught tuna tostada, and entrees including lasagna Bolognese. Diners can also choose between a seasonal dessert or flourless chocolate cake.

Remember to check out all of the wonderful restaurants participating in Miami Spice during August and September. Whether you choose one participating restaurant or save up your calories for several restaurants, be sure to make a reservation. Coming to Greater Miami & Miami Beach at a different time of year? Find more great places to dine.

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