Miami Spice 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's end of summer which means Miami's favorite foodie program is in high gear.  Miami Spice, runs the months of August and September and now in its 10th year, features over 100 upscale restaurants that offer discounted dining for a three course meal. Lunch is $22 and dinner is $35 (excluding tax and gratuities) which translates into savings ranging from 30-50%. It's an affordable way to dine out while sampling Miami's finest culinary restaurants.

So here are my picks!
La Marea at the Tides hotel.  Now while it's official that the most exclusive hotel on Ocean Drive is for sale, a little birdie told me it was sold. Therefore don't be surprised if the restaurant is slow or empty. While no promotions may abuzz this restaurant, trust me it's open for business and still my favorite seafood restaurant if you don't mind the quiet serenity. The sea turtle shells that line the walls still catch my breath every time.

The Tudor House. This unassuming building from afar grows appealing as you approach it. The restaurant spills over onto the terrace with dreamy contemporary design. The Miami Spice Menu is varied with both American cuisine (Buttermilk Fried Chicken), and a Cuban sandwich for that latin flavor. I recently dined there so CLICK HERE for my review. The most memorable were the mini pretzel appetizers and the English pea soup!

The Forge. While I have not had the opportunity yet to try their Miami Spice menu, friends and clients rave about it. This former steak king still reigns supreme in menu, decor, ambience and A-list customers.

So join Miamians as we escape the sweltering eat and hibernate indoors by grazing or enjoying food from the  top talented chefs in our own backyard.

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