Miami Spice 2016 Last Call: Five Restaurants to Try Before September 30

Miami Spice appetizers at the Dutch's Bar Primi pop-up.
Miami Spice appetizers at the Dutch's Bar Primi pop-up.
Photo by Laine Doss

It's hard to believe, but fall is upon us, and Miamians are already carving their pumpkins in anticipation of a new season. Sure, summer was tough with 90-degree days filled with humidity and the threat of Zika. But there's one thing we'll miss when September draws to a close: Miami Spice.

The annual two-month restaurant promotion that offers three-course lunches for $23 and three-course dinners for $39 will end this Friday, September 30. There's still time, however, for one or two more Spice meals before it hibernates till next year.  

Here are five restaurants to try before Friday. Note that prices do not include tax and tip and that menus are subject to change. 

Scallop at Izzy's Fish & Oyster
Scallop at Izzy's Fish & Oyster
Photo by Laine Doss

5. Izzy's Fish & Oyster
Jamie DeRosa's ode to New England seafood shacks is perfect for those waxing nostalgic for Northeast summer days on the beach that give way to cool evenings spent eating fried clams and drinking cold beer.

The Miami Spice dinner menu includes your choice of Bangor Maine scallop with sweet local corn, beef tartare, or a charred romaine salad for starters. For your entrée, there's a half-split roasted chicken, a Florida Keys daily catch, or a vegetarian white bean stew. You should, however, opt for the clam bellies or lobster roll (served warm or cold) for a true experience. Finish the meal with Del's frozen lemonade, a Rhode Island staple. You can also forgo your dessert for a glass of house wine, a summer ale, or a Miami Spice cocktail. 

Miami Spice is offered for lunch and dinner seven days a week. 

DB Bistro's French fare.
DB Bistro's French fare.
Photo by Laine Doss

4. DB Bistro Moderne
Think of DB as a Parisian bistro in overdrive. It's a gorgeous space — with tonal, modern furnishings and impeccable service — that serves classic bistro comfort foods by executive chef Clark Bowen. The offerings for Miami Spice stay in the traditional range, with soulful renditions of your favorite French items.

For your appetizer, there's salade du marche or scallop carpacchio, but allow yourself the chef's coupe du jour. For an entrée, choose between mussels, pompano with blistered potatoes and focaccia ($10 additional), seafood paella ($12 additional), or fettuccine with lamb ragout, mint, and ricotta. For dessert, there are creme puffs with chocolate sauce, bread pudding, or a tropical fruit sundae. Nothing, however, is more French than finishing with a generous cheese plate.

Miami Spice is offered for lunch Monday through Friday and for dinner Monday through Saturday.



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