Miami Spice 2014 Edition
Here we go again people: spice is around the corner, and here is the usual post to update with your experiences as they happen. The 2-month promotion has already been alluded to in 2014, but to keep it on track I'll include all the links here: beginning with the official site (reinvented again this year, and for the first time under the umbrella of the visitors bureau):
There is a whopping 567 participants this year, and one thing that hasn't changed is the infuriating randomizing restaurant list that shows only 5 participants at a time. So only 100 page changes until you have a complete picture, which is why this thread is an essential boiling down with the help of chowhound expertise.
There is a July 31 kick-off event which includes an iron chef type competition judged by Allen Susser: http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/event/...
Another difference this year: Pubbelly can't wait until August, and i like that! Pictured is the Pubbelly Spice menu, which is being served already (and they've put on a great show in prior years).
Thanks to CFByrne for posting the prior year's wrap-ups:
2013 Thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9091...
2012 Thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8596...
Wading through the list, it quickly becomes obvious that something has gone wrong in compiling it. When i started reading through it, i joked to myself "what, are they going to include Denny's" - and they did. Also 3 McDonalds on the list - yikes! So to highlight some notables:
Pubbelly (not sure about Pubbelly Steak, and Sushi);
Prime 112 & Prime Sushi;
The Michael Schwartz restaurants;
the 50 eggs places (swine, yardbird);
The Fountainbleau restaurants (Scarpetta and Hakassan, but no Gotham);
Bourbon Steak (a fave serving spice dinner 7 days a week)
Also some great new places I'm looking forward to trying:
Michael Mina 74
AQ by Aqualina (Dewey LoSasso's new place in Sunny Isles).
Lots of gems, but this year they are "hidden gems" in a field inexplicably including fast food outlets, hot dog joints and scoop shops.
Most Surprising omission: Blackbrick
Most Unsurprising omission: Naoe (I've still never been)
Re Blackbrick: you are correct - the current lunch deal for $15 is simply too good a deal already to be included in Spice. And they couldn't add anything to it to make it worth $22 (it's more than enough. Food as it is).
Didn't realize Gotham Steak was RIP - I loved Gotham as a NYer, but never even checked out the miami outpost because steakhouses saturated the market.
PB steak I confirmed is in (already - in July too), with a "go fish/go steak" theme (attached)
Can't wait for the usual roasted1/2chicken,churrasco,chilean salmon,and penne pasta choices that alot of restaurants fob off during miami spice.What a shame that what started out as a good idea with restaurants attempting to showcase innovative dishes has degenerated into a fundraiser for tourism bureau who wacks the participating restaurants approx $500 to $1000 each for "advertising".Every year i suggest participating restaurants just give a 20 percent discount on their regular menu so customers can try their regular dishes.For many people a free dessert which is what the spice deal amounts to is no bargain.