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Now that it's over,which Miami spice meals did you think we're best?What changes to the program would you recommend?

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travlnmike Oct 2, 2012 08:26 AM

I only tried 2 Miami spice meals I liked-city hall for lunch (loved their chicken wings),and pubbelly for dinner and would go back to both next year for the same meals.Which meals at which restaurants did you think were best?What changes to the spice program would you recommend?I think scrapping the special menus entirely in lieu of a straight up 20 percent off the regular menu items would give people a fairer impression of that restaurants food.Do you agree?

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    tpigeon Oct 2, 2012 11:58 AM

    The only spice I did this year was the dutch and it was a very strong menu both in august and september.

    I normally don't do spice but theirs was an exception because they had interesting stuff that you cold not get on their normal menu on their spice menu.

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      kevdog Oct 2, 2012 12:50 PM

      City Hall was good...more for the selection than anything.
      Pubbelly was also good, we also did Mr. Collins, and were very happy with the initial offerings, but the entrees were a bit disappointing. However, they did have the most generous portions of spice offererings that I have seen so far.

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        jessierandall Oct 2, 2012 07:14 PM

        Bourbon Steak. The food, service and atmosphere were a delight. I wish I could go back 10 more times.

        Scarpetta was also a hit.

        Hakkasan was pretty mediocre this year. City Hall was very nice for for lunch.

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        mrmagee Oct 2, 2012 08:18 PM

        Bourbon Steak was also the only meal I did on spice this year. Fantastic food, great service, and although the portions were not massive we were all full at the end of the meal. Cannot wait to do that one again next year.

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          madtheswine Oct 3, 2012 07:15 AM

          Only did Bourbon and Scarpetta this year. Both were very good. Bourbon improved upon last year, imo. Scarpetta has always been solid. Wish I could've done Pubbelly.

          1. taiga Oct 3, 2012 11:12 AM

            Why don't some of these places have Miami Spice promotions year round or on more than these two months? Isn't it good for business/the bottom line in general?

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              Frodnesor Oct 3, 2012 12:32 PM

              It is not good for the bottom line to sell your product at a lower cost than you can sell it at otherwise. Restaurants do Spice in the summer months because business is slower and it helps fill tables. But if you're busy in season without offering a promotion, then there's no reason to do it.

              And since busier restaurants would be unlikely to participate in the busier months, it would be difficult to get the benefit of the "collective" promotion that Miami Spice provides. Of course, any restaurant can offer specials throughout the year, and many do. Just a for instance, Sardinia is still running a "Fall Special" with Spice-like pricing for 3-course lunches and dinners.

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                jessierandall Oct 3, 2012 05:54 PM

                Might be nice to offer a spice- type deal on Mondays and Tuesdays when a lot of restaurants aren't as packed.

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