You want to take advantage of the Miami Spice deals ($23 for lunch and $39 for dinner) and bring the family along as well but sometimes the options offered may be too sophisticated for the younger palate. Here are seven good options around the 305 to get your Miami Spice on with the rugrats in tow between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30.
The guacamole, served up in a big mortar with a mound of chips is a definitive starter on any visit to this gourmet Mexican chain. Whichever location you choose, the options will be fresh and the atmosphere vibrant. With choices like slow-braised pork carnitas tacos, a trio of signature enchiladas (beef, chicken and cheese) or fish tacos made with mahi mahi, everyone’s bound to find something they like. The Spice menu however, is not available on Saturdays. 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
Located on a side street in downtown Coral Gables, BrickTop’s’ Miami Spice menu features a good variety from their menu of gourmet American dishes. The whole family is sure to love deviled eggs and bacon or a lightly battered tempura shrimp for an appetizer. Then you can move to slow roasted baby back ribs with slaw and fries and a classic, two scoops of ice cream for dessert, you choose the flavors. 2418 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
Comfort food, served up in an unpretentious, friendly atmosphere, the Blue Collar menu is such a sure-fire winner that whatever they put on the Spice menu is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Introduce the family to their creamy, unctuous shrimp & grits with bacon and NOLA barbecue sauce then you can’t go wrong with half roasted pedigree chicken with pan gravy. Spice dinner menu only, no lunch. 6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Just the staying power of Mark Soyka’s signature restaurant located just off Biscayne Boulevard is a testament to the food they’re serving here. If you’ve never been or it’s been a while, get to know it again or discover what they’re doing here. Chorizo meatballs with parmesan cheese and house pomodoro as a starter then keep it classic with meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy and sautéed green beans. Not available Friday dinner or Sunday lunch and no Spice menu on Saturday. 5556 NE 4 Ct., Miami
Fried chicken, that’s what to get here, no question, hands down, you have to try it. For Miami Spice they’re serving up as the Blue Plate Special, with two pieces of fried chicken, a buttermilk biscuit and watermelon. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the deep South but actually you’ll be sitting in one of South Beach’s most popular restaurants. Oh, and deep fried Oreo cookies and cream ice cream for dessert? The family’s gonna be begging to come back. Mon-Fri lunch Spice menu only. 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach
Located on Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile, Seasons 52 – known for creating dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients which translates to great flavor – has a Spice Menu that’s a crowd pleaser. The all-natural pepperoni flatbread topped with fresh roma tomatoes is one example of something the whole family will love. The all-natural roasted half-chicken with summer vegetables and Yukon gold mash or wood-grilled pork tenderloin with sweet potato mash, bacon sautee and summer vegetables are nice entrée options. 321 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
A newcomer to the bustling Wynwood area which is now known as much for the art murals as for its restaurant scene, KYU is pronounced cue, as in barbecue. It’s Wynwood though so this is barbecue with Asian inspiration. The duck and pork sausage steamed bun is pillowy soft and stuffed with juicy duck and pork sausage. For the entrees there are two offered: a Wagyu beef brisket burger served with elevated toppings like heirloom tomatoes and yuzu pickles or the pork belly BLT served on a toasted potato roll that’s spread with lime cilantro aioli. 251 NW 25 St., Miami