Miami Spice 2010

by MiamiDade

in Events,Restaurants

Miami Spice is back! For two months, until the end of September, Miami-Dade diners can get a steal of a deal at select restaurants. Lunches are $22 and dinners are $35 for three-course meals.

While the selection the restaurants put out for Miami Spice might not be as free flying as what you can get off the menu, the opportunity to try some of these extraordinary chefs for this little money is rare. Participating restaurants can be found at ilovemiamispice.com. Organizers have divided the county into four sections, basically north and south for both the beach and the mainland. Sometimes the listed restaurants put their menus online. Just click on them to see.

A debate about which restaurants are must-visits is already prompting passionate responses on the Internet. For example, here are picks from The Chowfather. Needless to say, if there is a restaurant you like, make a reservation soon.

These three jumped out to us. Most all are trendsetters, nationally known, and usually quite expensive. They each advise that menus and days when it’s available can change so call ahead.

Starting from the south, we’d grab dinner at Palme D’ Or. This restaurant has earned an incredible 28 rating from Zagats, which calls it the top restaurant in South Florida. Its also in the extraordinarily beautiful Biltmore Hotel. Zagats has called Chef Philippe Ruiz’s French Nouvelle Cuisine “as close to perfection as you can get,”  What you save on dinner, you can spend on sampling the restaurant’s award-winning wine list.

Dress is upscale casual. Palme D’ Or only offers the Spice menu for dinner and only Sunday through Thursday.

Palme D’ Or can be found in the Biltmore Hotel at:
1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL
(305)445-8066 ext 2411

On Miami Beach, we’d check out OLA Restaurant. Latin Chef Douglas Rodriguez has won all kinds of plaudits including being named by Newsweek as “one of the 100 Americans that will influence the coming millennium”.  His pan-Latin cuisine is a must if you’re going to be on the Beach.

OLA can be found in the Sanctuary Hotel at:
1745 James Ave.
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 695-9125

The Miami Spice special is also not available for lunch and the dinner will only be offered Sunday through Thursday.

Heading north, wed go to Michy’s. Chef Michelle Bernstein is winning all kinds of notice of late – even a recent appearance on Top Chef. Michy’s is the only restaurant on our list that has put its Miami Spice menu online, so go check it out and see if it turns you on.

Bernstein’s food as described as pan-European, what she calls “luxurious comfort food.”

Once again, lunch is not offered. The Miami Spice dinner is offered only Tuesday through Friday and Sunday.

Michy’s can be found at:
6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138
(305)759-2001

Finally, on North Beach, we’d have to go with Timõ Restaurant & Bar on Sunny Isles. Chef Tim Andriola’s Italian-Med cuisine gets high marks. The Miami Spice menu is offered for lunch here all week except for Saturday and Sunday. The Miami Spice dinner is served all week.

Timõ Restaurant & Bar
can be found at:
17624 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles, FL 33160
(305)936-1008

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