From August 1 to September 30, Miami Spice, an annual summer restaurant promotion, will showcase the very best of Miami cuisine with dining deals at some of the Magic City’s hottest restaurants. This two month long dining event is an excellent opportunity to explore cocktail menus along with three-course meals, featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs at reduced price.
Here are our drink and food recommendations at three hotspots participating in Miami Spice 2019: Cleo South Beach, Fi’lia South Beach and Lobster Bar Sea Grille
Cocktails & Miami Spice Dinner
Cleo South Beach at the Redbury
At this Miami outpost of Chef Danny Elmaleh’s original Mediterranean restaurant in Los Angeles, enjoy signature mezze style dining with his acclaimed specialty cocktail program using fresh juices and ingredients.
Vodka, Strawberry, Basil and Lime.
Gin, Aperol, Mint, Lemon and Orange Bitters.
Vodka, Basil, Serrano Chili, Lemon and Orange.
Cleo’s Miami Spice prix fixe dinner menu is perfect for sharing; starting with mezze (small plate) options. A great choice is the Lebaneh – a tasty Lebanese cheese spread of feta, Greek yogurt, spicy za’atar and olive oil served with warm Laffa flatbread. Next, a choose a Nish Nash (snack), like Crispy Brussels Sprout ‘Chips’, before your shared main course, such as the deliciously sweet and spicy Apricot Lamb Tagine, served from a cone-shaped Moroccan earthenware pot, with fluffy Basmati rice.
You may have room for dessert if you select the baked to order Apple Galette served with vanilla ice cream – and so worth the 20 minute wait.
1776 Collins Avenue (lobby of the Redbury), Miami Beach; sbe.com/restaurants/cleo-south-beach
Cocktails & Miami Spice Lunch
Fi’lia South Beach at the Berkeley Shore
This ultra chic restaurant serves delicious, but unpretentious, Italian cuisine with an excellent selection of cocktails and wines.
Spice infused Don Julio Tequila, Grapefruit, Aperol and Prosecco.
Johnnie Walker Red, Disaronno, Lemon and Orange Juice, then, topped with Egg White.
Absolut Lime Vodka, Cucumber, Parsley-Lemon Syrup and Club Soda.
Start with Antipasti, like the yummy Tempura Fried Zucchini Flowers stuffed with Italian cheeses and topped with rich tomato sauce. For your Secondi, a hearty choice is the Tagliatelle Bolognese – homemade Tagliatelle pasta and Bolognese sauce made with veal and beef ragu; and the Espresso Chocolate Mousse topped with whipped cream as your Dolce.
Tip: Go for the excellent Risotto al Funghi Misti –with wild mushrooms, creamy mascarpone and herbs on their Miami Spice dinner menu.
1610 Collins Avenue (lobby of the Iberostar Berkeley Shore Hotel), Miami Beach; sbe.com/filia-south-beach
Cocktails & Miami Spice Brunch
Lobster Bar Sea Grille – Miami Beach
This upscale seafood restaurant, located in the heart of Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood, has a stellar cocktails for brunch and dinner.
St-Germain Liqueur, Prosecco and Club Soda.
Pureed In Season Peaches and Prosecco.
Fresh squeezed Florida Orange Juice and Prosecco.
Begin with the enjoyable Chops® Chopped Salad –created with fresh hearts of palm, chickpeas, triple cream blue cheese and drizzled with lemon basil ranch dressing. For your brunch entrée, your decision is harder, but, you can’t miss with the scrumptious Nova Scotia Whole Butter Braised Lobster Benedict – brioche toast topped with shell-off lobster and slow cooked egg, then, topped with Hollandaise sauce, and served with grilled asparagus and potato cakes. As your sweet, go for the Key Lime Bar topped with toasted meringue and seasonal berries. Miami Spice Dinner menu also available.
404 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; buckheadrestaurants.com/lobster-bar-sea-grille-miami-beach
Tip: Exclusively for Miami Spice diners during the month of August, check out with XYZT: Abstract Landscapes, an interactive and exploratory exhibition that allows guests to immerse themselves in digital artwork within a giant digital cube. Following their visit, guests will receive an invitation to continue their evening at for Lobster Bar Sea Grille for their Twilight Happy Hour all night long. For admission deal and more details, visit: miami.artechouse.com
Miami Spice 2019 Details
Participating restaurants are offering three, or more, course prix fixe menus for lunch and/or brunch at $23, and $39 for dinner. For more info, visit: miamiandbeaches.com/miami-spice-months
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