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what are the best restruants offering the best specials during Miami Spice month?

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      1. re: tpigeon

        +1 scarpetta
        Bourbon steak
        Hakkasan lunch (weekend only: an incredible deal)

        Didn't do Palme d'or last year but will try to this year

        Surprised to see timo not participating (good lunch experiences there in past spices)

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        Hakkasan
        Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

      2. New Times gave this a little more thought than the current responses (mine included):
        http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shorto...

        The upshot: New Times gives its top marks to 4 places:
        1500 at Eden Roc (never been/never heard of
        )Scarpetta (i concur)
        SushiSamba Dromo (meh); and
        Tudor House (who?)

        Related story here (interesting facts: restaurants now charged a GRAND to participate!): http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shorto...

        1. My list would include Azul, Bourbon Steak, Michael's Genuine, Michy's, Meat Market, Scarpetta.

          I was a little more expansive in my thoughts here ->
          http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...
          http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

          Note that the four "great" Spice menus in the New Times piece was just for South Beach - they have more posts on Gables/Grove, Midtown/Design District ...

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          Michy's
          6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

          Bourbon Steak
          19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

          Meat Market
          915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

          New Time
          2120 NE 123rd St, North Miami, FL 33181

          South Beach Cafe
          121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

          Azul Restaurant
          500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131

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          1. re: Frodnesor

            Sra. Martinez must also be in consideration as she is offering her mighty Garbanzo Beans dish.

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            Sra. Martinez
            4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

            1. re: tpigeon

              Also a nice way to do the menus with 3 tapas (+ dessert) per person. Can put together a pretty good spread between even just a couple people if you mix it up.

          2. Kane Steakhouse seems like a great deal.. Should be mentioned. The newcomer on the trendy steak scene in the old Tuscan and El Scorpion (shortly lived) spot. Normally their Filet alone runs more than the whole spice price and you get a salad or app, side and desert. I'm trying it.

            1. Going to throw BLT Steak into the mix. They change it up every couple of weeks, at least in years past, plus meal comes with the insane popovers and chicken liver spread.

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              1. re: lax2mia

                Good point. Popovers and spread alone make it worthwhile.

              2. Just got back from Scarpetta....very good Spice menu. It is interesting to see the progression of Spice. A few years ago it seemed the choices were limited to ceviche app and choice of salmon, churrasco or chicken. Some restaurants hid menus and treated Spice customers as second class citizens. The Spice menu was on the front page and the service was great. Tonight our party of four all had something unique. I had spaghetti, burrata and cheesecake. I think the winning order was short rib, branzino, chocolate cake. Everything we had was great and the restaurant was packed. Next on the list is Meat Market. I think its going to be a good month!

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                Meat Market
                915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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                1. re: scscr

                  The winning order would have been ANYTHING, as long as you start with the polenta.
                  (Scarpetta's polenta app is unquestionably on my "death row last meal" list.)

                2. I've done 3 spice meals this year which I think surpasses my combined total for the last two years. Anyway, all 3 were for lunch and all 3 were winners.
                  Hakkasan's dim sum lunch is a lot of food and all very good to great. Their dumplings alone are worth it... offered on sat/sunday only.

                  I did spice lunch at the newly opened Tudor House 2x already. They are offering several choices from their menu. My starters were the Greek Panzanella and the Nicoise Salad. Both were very good and I would call it a draw. I also got to sample the bruschetta tasting which featured crab, burrata and chick peas. This was unique and may have been the best starter pf the three. All worth trying.

                  For the mains I opted for the ricotta gnudi w/ heirloom beets. This was done very nicely and definitely worth ordering. On my second visit I opted for the "Cuban Style" pork belly sandwich. Oh man that was an awesome sandwich. Not a dessert fan but enjoyed the strawberry shortcake and key lime ice cream sandwich.

                  Thus far, I am 3 for 3.

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                  Hakkasan
                  Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

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                  1. re: The Chowfather

                    Alright Chowfather, I wasn't going to go all the way to South Collins to try Tudor House, but because I respect your opinion, now I'm going to have to (Sunday lunch).

                    And although Hakkasan dim sum brunch has already spawned its own thread (come on, people), I'll post my endorsment here, with a photo of some of the many, many offerings.

                    Apparently Hakkasan does a dim sum weekend-only lunch all year, for $28 (pretty close to the Spice $22), but it may be less overkill (I don't think it has dessert, and that vanilla pot de creme is a meal in itself!). My only complaint is that you have to leave the restaurant in the elevator that stops at the gym, and gym sweat is not good for the ambiance scores.

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                    Hakkasan
                    Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

                     
                    1. re: non sequitur

                      Report from Tudor House: thumbs up. I still think Hakkasan wears the lunch value crown, but we had a 3-person tasting of most of the spice menu (3 different apps, mains and desserts), and enjoyed it a lot.

                      My gripe at Hakkasan was sharing the elevator with the gym. At Tudor House it was people walking through the dining room shirtless (presumably from the beach to their hotel rooms). Sheesh.

                      Pictured are the mains from our spice lunch.

                      Next up: Scarpetta this week, Bourbon Steak next week.

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                      Bourbon Steak
                      19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

                      Hakkasan
                      Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

                       
                      1. re: non sequitur

                        I've been to Hakkasan countless times and the elevator has never stopped at the gym floor. Maybe because I've mainly gone for dinner but I still think you're reaching for a complaint there.

                        I still have a hard time getting into Miami Spice...

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                        Hakkasan
                        Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

                        1. re: non sequitur

                          Reading my last post, I forgot to update that Bourbon Steak was great, as usual. I was hoping they would change up the menu for the second month, but if you didn't go in August its worth it in September (the only change in the second month was the desserts). The Wahoo main was so good, but the (upgrade) steak was a little inferior to the steak choice they had last year (and better still was 2 years ago when they had one topped with Foie - YUM!).

                          BLT Steak put on a great lunch (pictured). I'd been once before and was disappointed there were no popovers at lunch then, but there was this year - MMMMM! So $22 for popovers, soup, awesome burger and cake with ice cream - DEAL! (wish it were not just weekdays - we went labor day).

                          PS: the portion size of those fries - absolutely insane (a family of 4 would not finish one, and we had 2 - I felt bad, but if I'd eaten them all on Monday, I would have been in the cardiac ward on Tuesday).

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                          Bourbon Steak
                          19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

                           
                    2. Scarpetta - spectacular as usual

                      Hakkasan lunch - probably the steal of this Spice season.

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                      Hakkasan
                      Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

                      1. Went to Timo last night Didn't think they were offering the Spice menu this year, so we were pleasantly surprised to see it offered. Four out of five of us ordered it covering each of the 3 appetizers, each of the 3 main courses, and both of the 2 desserts. All were declared winners, with the veal meatballs and tagliatelle with duck ragu the standouts.

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                        Timo Restaurant
                        17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33160

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                        1. re: zook

                          We did Michael's Genuine last night. Started out a little disappointing because the spice menu we were given was completely different from the menu online, and, of course, we had already chosen our entire meal and had prematurely salivated over it all day! Oh well...We had each of the 3 starters: eggplant stuffed with minced lamb, mint, yogurt - fantastic! Sliced figs with honey and cheese were also really delicious and the 3rd was spicy octopus with crunchy fingerling potatoes. This was good but the octopus was completely lost in the mix. For entrees we had one skirt steak with salsa verde which was pretty good, but the rib eye listed online was what has originally enticed us and the skirt steak did nothing to fulfill our original steak longing. At least we got two of the pork belly hot pot which was outrageously good. With kimchee, noodles, pork belly, duck egg, radishes, allspice (I think) it was truly amazing and we slurped up the soup with spoons. Desserts were good but honestly we were stuffed. The chocolate cherry "pudding" was like a very thick chocolate pudding and the key lime cheesecake flan was refreshing. A winning meal.

                          Has anyone tried Sustain? We're thinking of that next...

                        2. So far I've hit Sugarcane and the Forge. Sugarcane was great as usual. The stars of their menu were the local fish crudo (excellent acidity) and the head cheese. The slices of head cheese were very thin and worked well with the cherries. Some of the items we ordered are regularly on the menu, so I won't dig too much into it. The duck confit and the mousse parfait were good, but not great. Both of those dishes had textural issues and felt kind of clumsy, in my opinion. The flavor was there on all dishes though.

                          My visit to the Forge was my first. Though I liked nearly everything that I and my companions ordered, nothing wowed me. We had the salmon croquettes (meh, barely tasted like salmon), liver crostini (good, bread was nice and crusty, chicken liver pate was tasty), mushroom risotto (damn good in both texture and flavor), Salmon (meh, tasted fishy), Burger and Bourdeaux (meh, the burger itself was crumbly, short rib topping was tasty but mushy). Both desserts were good. The best items of the night were the bread and the libations...and that mushroom risotto.

                          1. Mercadito is probably the funnest of the Spice offerings given that they start you off with a cocktail.

                            Red's was not good.

                            1. Capital Grille on Brickell's Spice offering is great. The Spice menu was brought along with the regular menus (which in my Spice experience has not always been the case). First course choices included a Caesar, a fairly standard mixed greens salad and clam chowder. Our waiter refused when I initially asked for the wedge salad as a substitution, but then surprised me with the wedge salad, explaining that the waitstaff has been instructed to enforce a strict "no substitutions" policy.

                              The bone-in sirloin was delicious and actully quite big. My wife had a nice looking piece of salmon but was eyeing my steak even after trying a few bites of mine.

                              We had the creme brulee and flourless chocolate cake which were both excellent versions of pretty standard desserts.

                              Between all of the aforementioned, included sides of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach and the great, overflowing bread basket, we left stuffed -- a feeling I have been unfamilar with after most Spice meals.

                              The bottom line to me is that this was a true Capital Grille experience at Miami Spice prices. The steak alone typically goes for more than $40 according to the menu, unless the Spice portion was smaller. However, it looked every bit of the 14 ounces of its $40+ counterpart on the regular menu.

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                              Capital Grille
                              444 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131

                              1. We had a very nice Miami Spice experience at Bourbon Steak this weekend. 3 choices each among apps, mains and desserts, we had a sungold tomato gazpacho generously garnished with Alaskan king crab, with a nice undertone of spice from some serrano chile; an American Wagyu NY strip ($10 upcharge) which came with delicious short rib "croutons" and cilantro rice; and a rich bourbon & peach bread pudding for dessert.

                                The steak is smaller than their normal portions (about a 5oz serving) but I often prefer that, especially with richer wagyu beef. With app and dessert it was more than enough food and given the level of service & atmosphere a real deal for $45 even with the upcharge. There's no upcharge for the other 2 entrées, a wahoo dish and a pasta with chicken and burrata cheese.

                                I also was able to try one of the other Spice apps, a house-smoked salmon with lemon aioli and little disks of roasted beet and fingerling potato that was gorgeous stuff.

                                I've only done one other Spice so far (at Egg & Dart, which I didn't think was great, but the place is newly opened and may need some more time), but just from looking at menus and seeing how restaurants are pitching it, it seems that this is one of the better Spice seasons in recent memory. The program seems to have done a better job of picking places where the prices really represent a value, and the restaurants seem to be offering it more eagerly instead of begrudgingly.

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                                Bourbon Steak
                                19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

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                                1. re: Frodnesor

                                  Thanks for the Miami Spice report for Bourbon Steak. We will definitely add it to our Spice places to try this year. We also have had very good Spice experiences this season at Hakasan and Sra. Martinez. There does seem to be a "new" attitude at the participating restaurants and a much better choice in menu options. I'm not sure why they've come around, but it's very appreciated and, I think, very smart.

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                                  Bourbon Steak
                                  19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

                                  Sra. Martinez
                                  4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137