Feast on our picks for Miami Spice 2011
August is days away, which means we're minutes from the 10th annual Miami Spice smorgasbord. Two months of $22 three-course lunches and $35 three-course dinners. There are over 130 restaurants throughout Miami, Miami Beach, Midtown & the northern beaches participating this year - hundreds of excuses to eat, drink & be merry for less. Today we're dishing up some of our favorites, but first a few quick tips...
Do your homework. Offerings and availability vary by restaurant - make sure to check availability online
Menu scan. Most restaurants display their Spice menus online -it's worth scanning in advance. If the choices don't appeal to you, skip the restaurant
Reserve now. Weekend dinner reservations go quickly
Linger over lunch. At $22, lunch is a particularly great (and often overlooked) Spice option
Stuff your wallet. Spice bills inevitably ring in over $22 or $35. Make sure to factor in tax, tip and the cost of any beverages or additional menu items
Indulge your favorite carnivore...
BLT Steak at the Betsy. Great food (don't skip the popovers), friendly service & prime Ocean Drive views (if you can stand the heat)
Bourbon Steak. Michael Mina's reason to visit Aventura (dinner only)
Chart House. Old school steak with a view in the Grove (dinner only)
Fogo de Chao. Gluttony (and a food coma) await at this Brazilian outpost (dinner only)
Red, the Steakhouse. Celebs (that tend to hideout in private rooms), an extensive wine list (pack some extra $$$) and beef galore (dinner only)
Slip on your stilettos for a side of scene with your Spice...
Blue Sea at the Delano. Locals, tourists and the chaos of Collins served with sushi (lunch only)
Cecconi's. Your discounted ticket into the SoHo Beach House restaurant (lunch only, the restaurant is open to the public, SoHo Beach House remains exlusive to members)
The Forge. Slip into an oversized chair and watch the scene (menu changes weekly, dinner only)
Sustain. Seasonable & sustainable eats in Midtown
Sugarcane. Asian tapas served with a crowd in Midtown
Get the Most Bang for Your Buck
Our favorite, priciest picks...
Azul. The former stomping grounds of Michelle Bernstein & Clay Conley maintains its appeal with fluke crudo, braised Kobe beef cheeks and coconut lime panna cotta (dinner only)
db Bistro Moderne. Your discounted ticket into the over-the-top world of Daniel Boulud awaits (start dieting now)
Il Mulino. Over the top Italian eats in Sunny Isles
The Restaurant at the Setai. Travel around the world with pristine service and an awe-inducing setting (dinner only)
Zuma. Sushi, robata and traditional Japanese eats at their best - and priciest (lunch only)