If you've been Miami Spicing it up all weekend, good job. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Are 174 restaurant menus at half off not enough for you to eat your way during the week? It's time to Pac-Man chomp your way through these deals.
See also: The Good of Miami Spice 2014, Part One
Every Monday for the next two months
Spice It Up
The restaurant promotion, which began August 1, lasts two months but you'd be crazy not to take advantage from the get go. Plenty of places are offering lunch specials during the week to get you in and out of three courses in an hour. We've even rounded up the good picks. Stay tuned for the best and ones not worth your valuable time. Visit ilovemiamispice.com.
Illegal Activity at Taperia Raca
The company whose motto is "so good it's gotta be illegal," and whose products are usually found in local farmers' markets is popping up with their forbidden treats at Taperia Raca starting today at 8 a.m. You know what they say -- early bird gets the worm. Or in this case, the illicit French macaroons served for breakfast.
Spiaggia Pop-Up at Harry's Pizzeria
Harry's Pizzeria knows how to throw a pop-up. Since 2011, the pizzeria has held family-style dinners with guest chefs and Tuesday makes No. 25. This dinner features Tony Mantuano, the man behind Chi-town's Spiaggia and SoBe's Lorenzo. Mantuano will cook up a welcome cocktail, passed appetizers, and three courses. Harry's will provide free-flowing wine all night long. Well worth the $150 price tag, which also includes a token of appreciation from Mantuano. Event starts at 7 p.m. First come basis.
National Oyster Day
Yes, it's another made up holiday, but we'll take it -- because oysters.
Macchialina Happy Hour
If you don't get to take advantage of the $1.50 Oyster Day special that's okay, because Wednesday's happy hour at Macchialina is probably the best on South Beach. Dollar oysters and five dollar beer, wine, and bubbles is what you'll be eating, drinking, and paying. Also on the $5 menu: clams oreganata, chicken liver spiedino, Sicilian prawns, bottarga salad, and hand-carved porchetta sandwich. Shell out two bucks more and get the citrus-smoked salmon or steak tartare crostino. Happy yet?
Take Your Lady To George's in the Grove
If you've been to George's then you know if you don't take your lady someone else will -- at least that's what the wall says. Well, take her on Wednesday. She'll drink gratis champagne starting at 7 p.m. till close. And you, you'll get premium cocktails for $5. The phrase we're looking for here is win-win.
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Tunes and Booze at Living Room
If you like live music and hand-crafted cocktails, you've come to the right place -- the Living Room at the W. Their swank bar turns it up the first Thursday of every month with the Speakerbox series. Miami native Brendan O'Hara is a man of many musical talents, jumping from piano to bass to horns. We're not sure what he'll be playing but we know it will be served with a Miami Manhattan -- handcrafted specifically for the evening. If the hunger strikes, snacks by Conor Hanlon are available on the Living Room's bar menu. Go dutch.
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