Taste the Best of Miami During the 2013 Miami Spice Celebration
Started by an enterprising New York chef in 2001, Miami Spice was a inventive way to get locals back into restaurants during what is considered the off-season in the Magic City. Each year from August 1 through September 30, more than 175 of Miami’s best restaurants offer three course, fixed price menus for both lunch and dinner. At $19 or $23 for lunch, and $33 or $39 for dinner, Miami Spice is an incredible bargain and offers unprecedented opportunities to try some of Miami’s best restaurants of all kinds.
The first Miami Spice had 54 participating restaurants; for 2013, there are 183 searchable listings on the Miami Spice website. Restaurants can be narrowed down by geography and by kind of cuisine, such as French cuisine in Coral Gables, which returns four listings. Clicking through each listing shows the restaurant’s hours, a map to the location, the menus for the Miami Spice lunch and dinner offerings and a link to make a reservation. Participating restaurants include Argentine, Italian, French, Asian, Cuban, Caribbean, Brazilian and many other exotic options, as well as a variety of steak and seafood offerings.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Miami Spice will kick off with Iron Fork 2013 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, just north of Downtown Miami on Biscayne Boulevard – an especially convenient treat for Brickell and Downtown’s condo dwellers. Join hundreds of other fine dining fans and foodies to watch two of Miami’s best chefs compete, head-to-head, in an Iron Chef-style competition. Ticketing info is available online, including VIP ticket availability. Iron Fork is just the first event during Miami Spice; besides the Miami Spice website, you can follow Miami Spice on Twitter and Facebook for updates.