South Florida has an evolving, ever-growing culinary scene, which makes it THAT much exciting to keep up with. This Top 10 list features some of Miami’s Top 25 veterans, but here we are taking a closer look to learn more about the top five restaurants. Read below to learn overall scores for all ten restaurants!Read More
It’s summertime and the livin' is easy in South Florida, except for the fact that it’s blazingly hot and humid. Fortunately, August isn’t only one of the hottest months of the year in terms of the weather. It also happens to be one of the hottest months for the restaurant scene.
Why is that? It’s because Miami Spice begins August 1st!
This is a two month-long restaurant promotion, where the best restaurants in the city offer three-course meals at significantly reduced prices. Lunch or brunch is about $23 and dinner is $39.
It’s definitely a great time to try those pricier restaurants that you have never been to and have been dying to try.
Not to mention, restaurants in downtown Miami’s city aren’t the only ones participating. Many restaurants in different Dade county cities, including north Miami, Aventura, Doral, Coral Gables, and much more are serving Miami Spice menus.
Not sure which restaurants to visit? Well, we are here to help!
Foodable’s Miami Top 25 Restaurants ranking, pulled from Foodable Labs social data, highlights the local gems that local foodies can’t get enough of. Through Social Restaurant Visits, we are able to track which restaurants are getting the most social traction and foot traffic.
For example, Yardbird saw the highest daily average of SRVs at 25.6 and had 793.6 SRVs total for the month of July. We will be measuring how the SRVs fluctuate during the Miami Spice months.
Several others Miami Top 25 restaurants that continue to land on our list are participating in Miami Spice! Check out the map below to see the many restaurants that have made it on our coveted Top 25 ranking.
We also decided to revisit the restaurants that we have delicious footage from and to take a look at some of the best restaurants heating things up and getting (Miami) spicy during August and September.
This waterfront restaurant known for its Peruvian fare with Andean and Asian flavors landed at No. 1 on our last Miami Top 25 Restaurant ranking. Located at the chic Mandarin Oriental in Brickell, the restaurant will be serving a Miami Spice lunch menu from Monday to Saturday and a Miami Spice dinner menu from Monday to Thursday.
Some of the lunch menu items include the Tiradito Bachiche, an appetizer featuring scallops in 22-month aged parmesan cheese with leche de tigre, basil oil, garlic chips and fake fish skin and the Cachetes de Ternera, an entrée with veal cheeks, aji panca, chicha morada sauce, lima beans, mushrooms, and roasted cippolini onions. The dessert is the Paleta de Lucuma, which is ice cream made with “Peruvian’s favorite fruit.”
As for the dinner menu, it has the same items as the lunch items mentioned, but diners also have two options not on the lunch time menu.
There’s the Paiche Charapa an appetizer with amazon anticuchera, banana tacacho (traditional banana garnish from the Peruvian amazon), smoked bacon, sachaculantro chutney and the Picante de Mariscos entrée, which is a sea food stew with creamy spicy aji amarillo, golden potatoes, botija olives, and quail egg. The dinner Miami Spice menu also has a different dessert option, the La Pina, which is coconut ice cream with dulce de leche foam, ginger jelly and orange sauce.
If you are looking to indulge in some elevated American fare, the No. 2 Top 25 Miami eatery, 27 Restaurant & Bar is also participating in the Miami Spice program.
Located at the hip Freehand, this eatery is only serving a Miami Spice dinner menu that is available from Monday to Thursday and also on Sunday.
The current posted Miami Spice menu gives you a choice of one of the three appetizer options, one of the three entrée options, and one of the three dessert options.
To give you a taste of the menu, you can pick the Lamb Ribs appetizer, which is a Denver Co Lamb, with pomegranate molasses, and pickled cauliflower. For an entrée, you can get the Daily Catch of the day with coconut-curry broth, ancient grains, and avocado. Then to finish the meal off, there is a delicious warm brownie as a dessert option.
Arguably one of the best Miami restaurants in town, this Top 25 Miami Restaurant list veteran, is another American eatery serving a Miami Spice Menu through September 30.
Chef, owner and James Beard Award winner Michael Schwartz has created a menu made up of locally sourced comfort food and unforgettable desserts. The menu also changes daily and the restaurant hasn’t announced its Miami Spice menu, probably because it will likely change several times.
So if you are looking to be surprised and to get some drool-worthy food porn pics, Michael’s Genuine is the place. Also, there is an impressive Happy Hour menu available from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bar with bar snacks, oysters, cocktails and wine.
Another Top 25 Miami Restaurant veteran, The Forge is a swanky restaurant serving upscale New American farm-to-table fare. Its executive chef Julia Doyne has created a 65-item menu and some of the items have made its way on the Miami Spice menu.
The Forge has only a Miami Spice dinner menu, but it’s available every day of the week. Some of the options include the Wild Mushroom Ravioli, an appetizer with goat cheese and green asparagus. Diners can also pick from entrees like the Canadian Salmon with lemon potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, topped with a smoked paprika vinaigrette, or the Petite Filet Mignon with bbq rub, collard greens, smashed red bliss potatoes, and smoky jus, or the King Crab Risotto with summer corn and black garlic.
For chocolate lovers, there’s a Grasshopper Chocolate Lava Cake with mint chocolate chip ice cream and cocoa nib soil.
Check out some of the other restaurants participating in Miami Spice below!
Want more? Since we have the inside scoop in the Miami food scene, we will be releasing more data following the Miami Spice program. Stay tuned for details about which Miami Spice restaurants got the most social traction during August and September.
Brunch has become weekend sacrament and the hallmark of our Sunday Fundays.
However, determining where to “brunch” is often passionately debated within our group chats and text message exchanges. One must not only please the palate with unique vittles, but also maintain an endless stream of mimosas.
For those who seek diversity with their side of bacon, Mina’s Mediterraneo is the brunch you’ve been hunting for.
This eclectic eatery located in Miami’s upper eastside serves a medley of Mediterranean cuisine with novel combinations of Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Italian, French and Turkish flavors.
The hearty dishes are representative of the owner’s heritage, which channel her grandmother’s recipes. The dining room’s open-format is reminiscent of a family room, with that nostalgic comfort akin to your mother’s kitchen table.Read More
The city of Miami has a vibrant culinary scene with not only an array of different cuisines, but also restaurants with some of the coolest spaces. We decided to take a look at a few restaurants in the city that have some of the most unique atmospheres.Read More
By Kerri Adams, Editor-at-Large
Dining and drinking have been a part of America's social fabric since colonial times, and the setting of this activity was often Taverns.
These establishments were and always have been where all different walks of life to socialize over a drink and some bites.
But, taverns have come a long way from what they used to be.
"From colonial times to the mid-19th century you had taverns, which provided food and lodging. They had a tapster in a cage—as opposed to at a long bar—and it was open to all members of the community, including women and children. Then you start to see the dedicated saloon, which didn’t necessarily serve food, and mixed cordials and spirits at a long bar. Women were rarely allowed. Hotel bars existed on the high end, catering to business travelers. During Prohibition there were speakeasies, and after that people went back to the term tavern, though it was more like the old saloon," said Christine Sismondo, author of "America Walks into a Bar," to "Smithsonian."
The concept of a tavern is still very much alive today. But now, taverns range from being small, dimly lit, dingy bars to high-end restaurants that offer an impressive bar menu.
One of the most popular restaurants in Miami (that is a Foodable top 25 veteran) is Cypress Tavern, a restaurant that channels the esthetics of a refined tavern, while serving top notch food and an array of hand-crafted cocktails.