Best of Miami Spice 2010

La Marea, the Tides South Beach, 1220 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-604-5070. Offer good Sunday through Thursday. Dip your toes into the Tides' offerings by way of seafood-jícama salad, tomato soup with lobster grilled cheese, or a popper trio with hamachi, tuna, and shrimp. Mains are either yellowtail snapper with jasmine rice and edamame; braised short rib with truffled salsify purée; or New York strip steak with foie gras, tempura, and wild mushroom fricassee. Dessert: cheesecake lollipops or buñuelos with Mexican vanilla ice cream.

La Palma Ristorante, 116 Alhambra Cir., Coral Gables; 305-445-8777. Offer good every night. Apps are choice of crab cakes, caesar salad, or prosciutto di Parma with Parmesan mousse and fruit. Mains include 14-ounce New York strip, veal scaloppine, tortelloni, and salmon. Dessert is any item from the pastry trolley.

Meat Market, 915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-532-0088. Offer good Sunday through Thursday. Alaskan crab tail with baby bok choy and passion fruit butter sauce is one of four first-course options. Others are ceviche, caesar salad, or baby-back lamb ribs in spicy hoisin barbecue sauce. The main course brings Harris Ranch short ribs with polenta fries; a New Zealand lamb duo (grilled chops and meat braised in pastry); broiled Angus rib eye steak; or striped bass with Asian-style bok choy. Dessert is milk chocolate panna cotta with pecan biscotti.

Raw yellowtail with baby greens from Scarpetta
Raw yellowtail with baby greens from Scarpetta

Location Info

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Blue Door at Delano

1685 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

Charlotte Bistro

Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Restaurant > Bistro

Region: South Dade

Gibraltar Restaurant

4 Grove Isle Drive
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Category: Restaurant > Seafood

Region: South Dade

FB Steakhouse

4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Category: Restaurant > Steakhouse

Region: Mid/North Beach

Hakkasan

4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Mid/North Beach

Meat Market

915 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Steakhouse

Region: South Beach

Scarpetta

4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Mid/North Beach

Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille

17850 W. Dixie Highway
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Category: Restaurant > Raw Food

Region: North Dade

Details

Miami Spice: Through September 30. Various locations. Visit ilovemiamispice.com for a full list of participating restaurants. View our Scarpetta slide show.

Scarpetta, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-276-1388. Offer good nightly except Saturday. The Fontainebleau scores a triple play. Perhaps that's not fair, but how can we turn down these selections? Raw yellowtail with baby greens; burrata cheese with heirloom tomatoes; braised beef short ribs with vegetable and farro risotto; and creamy polenta with truffled mushrooms. Next comes signature spaghetti with tomato and basil; branzino with lobster fricassee; spice-roasted chicken with polenta and morel mushrooms; or bone-in Prime aged sirloin of beef with Trumpet Royale mushrooms. Dessert is either chocolate cake with toasted almond gelato and salted caramel sauce, or mocha swirl cheesecake with espresso sorbet.

Tuna's Raw Bar & Grille, 17850 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach; 305-932-0630. Offer good nightly except Friday. There are seven starters to choose from, including Blue Point oysters Rockefeller and escargots bourguignon in mushroom caps. A classy intermezzo of lemon sorbet with a splash of champagne follows. Among the entrées: one-and-a-half-pound Maine lobster, Prime New York steak, shrimp Française, lamb chops Provençale, and veal medallions forestière. Funny that Tuna's should tout the most French-sounding fare. Swiss chocolate mousse cake, peach melba, and apple strudel à la mode are the pastry picks.

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