You promised yourself this wouldn’t happen.
This was the year you were going to hit all your favorite restaurants during Miami Spice to take advantage of the fixed-price menus. How can you beat a $23 lunch, $39 for dinner, at some of Miami’s top spots?
But you looked up to see today is the last day of Miami Spice 2016. Fear not. Here are some of the places Miami Herald food critics and some of our friends in the culinary world said they had atop their list.
“Peruvian-inspired cooking with modern techniques and only the freshest ingredients.”
Having: Crispy chicken steamed buns with aji de gallina sauce, “pescado a lo macho” seafood medley and tres leches with berries.
Carlos Frías, Miami Herald Food & Dining Editor
1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
“Haute and hot! Byblos offers a ton of choices, so it makes it fun to go with three or four friends and not all eat the same thing.”
Having: eggplant kibbeh and zesty harissa shrimp finished with the incredible texture bomb of pizzelle with baklava ice cream with salted caramel.
Victoria Pesce Elliott, food writer and Miami Herald dining critic
2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
“Casual and lively Spanish tapas hangout.”
Having: huevos Bulla — eggs, homemade potato chips, serrano ham, potato foam, truffle oil; rabo de toro — braised oxtail, shishito peppers, bomba rice; copa Bulla — strawberries, green apples, Greek yogurt, toffee foam.
Kendall Hamersly, Miami Herald features editor and dining critic
210 NE 18th St, Miami
“Miami native chef Daniel Serfer keeps it fresh and briny, the only way to spend summer in the city. I still have dreams about the clams “casino” appetizer with bacon and white wine, but for Miami Spice, here’s what I’m having:”
Having: Oysters Frank with smoked bacon and sherry, pan-roasted grouper with czarina sauce, and butterscotch Heath bar bread pudding with cayenne whipped cream (love that kick in the sweet cream).
Jodi Mailander Farrell, Miami Herald dining critic
3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove
“Chef Michael Beltran is making a name for himself with his farm-driven dishes at this handsome Coconut Grove spot.”
Having: tuna conserva, gnocchi with hunter sausage and house-made doughnuts for dessert.
Sara Liss, First Look columnist for Miami.com
Quinto La Huella at Brickell City Center (LUNCH ONLY)
788 Brickell Plaza, Miami
White-hot Uruguayan steakhouse in the new East Miami hotel.
Having: Grilled sweetbreads, grass-fed flap steak and passion fruit pie.
Evan Benn, Editor in Chief, INDULGE magazine
1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
“Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth bring American dim sum to the Shelborne. That’s one combo I can get behind.”
Having: braised short rib dumplings, sarsaparilla fried chicken and seasonal dessert.
Cassie Glenn, Senior Community Manager, Yelp Miami