Miami Spice Update (2019)September 7, 2019
It’s every foodie’s favorite time of the year! Miami Spice ends September 30. During this time, diners enjoy $39 three-course prix fixe dinners, and $23 lunches and brunches at participating restaurants. With over 200 restaurants participating across Greater Miami and the Beaches, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites around town. So, what are you waiting for? This is just a sampling of what you can expect. Happy eating!
Byblos is a Toronto transplant dishing up fresh and fragrant Eastern Mediterranean fare highlighting both traditional and local ingredients—and it’s become a local favorite during Miami Spice for its generous offerings. Indulge in mezzes such as duck kibbeh or the jeweled kale salad with pomegranate, crispy carrot and kefalograviera cheese. The Turkish pide bread with black truffle, buffalo mozzarella and haloumi is a heavenly indulgence. For entrees, you can’t go wrong with items like the short rib kebab or yogurt baked Atlantic cod with toasted breadcrumbs, walnuts and brown butter.
Azabu at The Stanton South Beach
The South Beach outpost of this Michelin-starred New York City sushi den is tucked away in a stylish Zen dining room inside The Stanton hotel. Take advantage of Azabu’s Miami Spice dinner menu to sample a little bit of everything. Start with items like the Japanese wagyu tataki with truffle ponzu or the grilled octopus with coriander mayo. For your entrée, choose from a selection of sashimi over sushi rice, branzino with umami butter or the kobu skirt steak. And for dessert, save room for dishes like Masa’s chocolate cake, matcha cheesecake or yuzu key lime pie.
Boulud Sud at JW Marriott Marquis
Celebrated French chef Daniel Boulud debuted a new concept at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami with Boulud Sud. Bringing a Mediterranean twist to his classical French cuisine, the menu includes items like crispy artichokes, Catalan grilled skirt steak, pumpkin and sage agnolotti and Andalusian gazpacho. Housed inside a chic, high-ceilinged dining room, it’s the perfect place for a power lunch or romantic dinner.
Zuma at Kimpton EPIC
A perennial hotspot since opening its doors, Zuma is a favorite restaurant for celebrities like Beyoncé and David Beckham. This stylish Japanese stunner located inside the EPIC Hotel is a London transplant serving the freshest and most crave-worthy sushi in town. It’s prime for power lunches, sexy drinks at the bar or romantic dinners overlooking the Miami River. It’s also popular for its weekend champagne brunch, which features a lavish buffet, made-to-order entrees and a dessert spread fit for royalty. Begin with items like salmon/tuna tartare, followed by truffle rice donburi with mushrooms, quail egg and Japanese vegetables. Don’t leave without ordering the chocolate caramel cremeux.
Chef Bradley Kilgore is one of Miami’s top culinary stars. His sophisticated Wynwood eatery Alter specializes in artful, chef-driven tasting menus. The James Beard Award nominee’s daring dishes change seasonally and include items like snapper sashimi with feta, labneh, cucumber, kaffir lime and chili vinegar, as well as duck breast cured with sake and grilled over pine cones. It’s a one-of-a-kind culinary experience that should be on the top of every serious foodie’s list and Miami Spice is the perfect time to dig in.
A James Beard Award Best New Restaurant semifinalist and Time magazine’s best restaurant in Florida, KYU has swiftly become one of the hottest reservations in town. With a vertical garden exterior wall and a chic, minimalist industrial interior, the scene is buzzy and sophisticated from lunch to happy hour and dinner. Serving a diverse menu of beautifully executed pan-Asian, wood-fired cuisine inspired by chef Michael Lewis’ world travels, this is the kind of place where you’ll want to order one of everything. A few recommendations: cauliflower drenched in shishito-herb vinaigrette and goat cheese, hamachi with white ponzu and green chili, Thai fried rice stone pot, Korean fried chicken, red snapper with brown butter-white miso, and wagyu beef brisket.
A collaboration between nightlife impresario David Grutman and musical artist and producer Pharrell, it’s safe to say Swan is one of Miami’s hottest new restaurants. Set in lush digs in the Design District with a gorgeous patio and rooftop, the interior design pops in shades of pale pink and mint. Start with cocktails at Bar Bevy and then grab your table for favorites like hamachi tartare, crab taglioni pasta and the fennel sausage pizza. Be sure to try Pharrell’s favorite dish: corn corn corn, made with creamy polenta, popcorn and brown butter.
An understated Italian eatery tucked away just north of the Design District in Buena Vista, Palat dishes up an impressive menu of pasta, small plates and entrees in a sophisticated, yet relaxed environment. Start with fried zucchini and eggplant crostini and then indulge in decadent pastas like the taglioni cacio e pepe and cavatelli in tomato sauce with pecorino or try the rack of lamb. They have an excellent wine list to match—go for the Barolo from Piemonte.