Why you should try these restaurants new to Miami Spice

Sarsaparilla Club's dumplings are among the newbies to Miami Spice.

You’re a Miami foodie, so of course, you want what’s new.

Of the 243 restaurants participating in Miami Spice, the annual fixed-price menu deal available in August and September in Miami, more than 60 are first-time participants. So here’s a look at the newbies First Look columnist Sara Liss is looking forward to as the promotion hits the halfway point.

Bianca at Delano South Beach 

The Delano’s iconic dining room is still one of most stylish spots for a night out.  

Ordering: OCTOPUS potato, mushroom, chermoula and squid ink aioli, LAMB caponata and charred eggplant puree, TROPICAL ZEN GARDEN pavlova, fresh mango, coconut gelee, sicilian pistachio paste, caramelized pineapple.

1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 305-674-5752


Los Fuegos by Francis Mallman

Argentine super chef Francis Mallmann showcases his “open-flame” cooking techniques, inspired by South American gauchos and European migrations, at Los Fuegos, his first restaurant in the United States.

Ordering: WOOD OVEN EMPANADA hand-cut prime fillet, llajua sauce, SKIRT STEAK A LA PARRILLA heirloom tomato, mixed greens, salsa criolla, DULCE DE LECHE FLAN mascarpone cream.

3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 786-655-5610


Sarsaparilla Club

American Dim Sum with southern flair. Think comfort food with Asian and Mediterranean tweaks.

Ordering: CARROT AND BEET TARTARE ground rainbow roots, black garlic, mustard, capers and root chips, SARSAPARILLA FRIED CHICKEN green curry fried chicken, kaffir lime powder, cilantro, lime & toasted coconut with a side of fresh corn grits, Sarsaparilla float for dessert. 

One 18th St., Miami Beach (inside the Shelborne Wyndham Grand). 305-341-1400



Innovative cuisine in a New-American-meets-New-World way by Chef Michael Beltran, one of Miami’s top chefs.

Ordering: ARIETE NUGGETS oxtail, venison, tamarind ketchup, CHUG BURGER double rib eye and chuck, american cheese, and house-made pickles on a freshly-made bun, SEASONAL PIE vanilla ice cream. 

3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove. 305-640-5862


Pao by Paul Qui

Celebrated chef Paul Qui’s renowned brand of modern Asian cuisine, drawing from his background and range of international styles, including Filipino, Spanish, Japanese, and French. 

Ordering: CITRUS-CURED FLUKE tapioca, avocado, yuzu kosho, cucumber, fennel, JAPANESE SWEET POTATO KATSUDON koshihikari rice, savoy cabbage, curry sauce, seasonal pickles, BUKO PANDAN coconut, pandantapioca, condensed milk ice cream.

3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 786-655-5630


Drunken Dragon

South Beach Korean barbecue restaurant presents with a do-it-yourself method of tableside grilling, paired with modern Asian tapas.

Ordering: BEEF TARTAR tenderloin, yukwe, quail egg, asian pear, crispy tortilla, pine nut, SAMBAL SNAPPER steamed banana leaf, balinese sambal, zucchini, kabocha, coconut cream, THAI TEA CRÈME BRÛLÉE white chocolate snow, fresh blackberries, dehydrated blueberries, pashion fruit, pickled coriander.

1424 Alton Rd, Miami Beach. 305-397-8556


Pisco y Nazca Doral

This homegrown brand of hip Peruvian continues to woo suburbanites looking for creative cooking in an unlikely setting. (Bonus: Miami Spice is offered seven days a week for both lunch and dinner.)

Ordering: CEVICHE CHIFA mahi, pickled vegetables, peanuts, sesame oil, TACU TACU SALTADO stir-fried tenderloin, soy sauce, vinegar, lima bean tacu tacu, SUSPIRO dulce de leche custard, dulce de leche sauce, quinoa crunch.

8551 NW 53rd St, #A101, Doral. 786-805-4344


Sugar Factory

Celeb-friendly eatery specializing in upscale comfort food and over-the-top desserts. 

Ordering: MAC N’ CHEESE POPS homemade macaroni and cheese, battered and deep fried and served with creamy tomato-herb sauce, THE BIG CHEESY MONSTER BURGER grass fed angus beef topped with creamy mac and cheese, smoked applewood bacon and served with bbq sauce on a toasted brioche bun, CHOCOLATE CAKE layers of chocolate devil’s food cake, dark and milk chocolate mousse topped with bittersweet chocolate fudge sauce and chocolate pearls.

1144 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach (inside the Hotel Victor). 305-604-0323