When we go out to eat, our first instinct is to order one of everything. There’s so much delicious food out there waiting to be tasted and someone’s gotta do it—it might as well be us, right? Alas our wallets are not infinite so our strategy is to work our way through the menu over several visits or to lay claim to as many dishes as possible in one meal by sharing with the table. (We’re not particularly fond of sharing our food, but we’ll do whatever it takes to eat all the foods.) Once a year though, when Miami Spice rolls around in all its prix-fixe glory, we proclaim “To hell with our cost-conscious strategy!” and straight up indulge.
Like with last year’s Miami Spice adventures, this August and September we’ve been extremely selective about the participating restaurants we’ve chosen to visit. Past experience has taught us that some spots resort to low quality food for their Miami Spice menus even if their regular menus are legit. So, these days, we do tons of research and build a priority list that will give us the most bang for our buck. At the top of our list are those restaurants that are not usually within our budget and that don’t sacrifice the quality of their food to make a quick buck.
In 2015, the stand-out for us was Bulla Gastrobar. This year, we have two favorites—a lunch pick and a dinner pick—that we’re excited to share with you because we know you will absolutely love them. While you work your way there, we’ll be strutting our stuff to Sunny’s at The Hall (their poke bowl is AH-MAZE) and to The Forge so we can complete our priority list for this Spice season. Remember: Miami Spice ends on September 30 so we only have 4 days left to eat all the foods!
Best Miami Spice Lunch 2016: Bianca at the Delano
Bianca at the Delano has been on our priority list from the very beginning. In fact, the first time we were introduced to the concept of Miami Spice was in 2012 with lunch at The Delano. During our visit, we decided to sit outdoors. The vibe is much more laidback outdoors, plus the greenery, the décor and the views are quintessential Miami. Bianca’s Miami Spice 2016 menu offers three options for appetizer, three for entrée and varied sorbet flavors for dessert. Per usual, we had a hard time picking between the various options but we took a leap of faith with the curry chicken cups and the salmon with quinoa tabouli. We hit an absolute home run with both options. If you go, it’s watcha want. Trust.
Best Miami Spice Dinner 2016: Red, The Steakhouse
Our #FoodieFriends are always raving about Red, The Steakhouse—Exhibit A: Miami Food Pug’s latest Red, The Steakhouse review—so when we were looking for a place to celebrate our birthday night we knew exactly where to go. Our meal was ex-qui-site, albeit expensive because we went ham with the upgrades and Red's Miami Spice 2016 menu has a ton of upgrade options for every course. We kicked dinner with the burrata, followed by a perfectly cooked filet mignon with a crispy outside and medium rare center. For dessert, definitely go for the panna cotta. 8 out of 9 people at the table got the chocolate option and we all suffered food envy as our 9th friend devoured her delicious panna cotta.