Miami Spice 2016: The Ten Best New Restaurants to Try

Rock shrimp
Rock shrimp
Courtesy of the Sarsaparilla Club

5. The Sarsaparilla Club
Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth return to Miami, this time with an American dim sum restaurant at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. The homey restaurant welcomes you to dine as servers roll around dim sum carts offering both sweet and savory selections. Menu items are based on seasonality, but combine American comfort favorites such as fried chicken with Asian flavors like kaffir lime, toasted coconut, fresh lime, and cilantro.

Miami Spice is offered for dinner nightly.

Izzy's whole Maine lobster roll
Izzy's whole Maine lobster roll

4. Izzy's Fish & Oyster
Named for chef/owner Jamie DeRosa's daughter, Izzy's is a tribute to summers spent on New England's beaches, where sunburned families chow down on clam bellies and lobster rolls. This casual eatery, named New Times' Best Seafood Restaurant and helmed by chef de cuisine William Crandall, offers the same experience in South Beach. Lobster rolls, clam bellies, and chowders are satisfying options. For Spice, start with complimentary Parker House rolls before choosing from Black Angus beef tartare, charred baby romaine salad, or Bangor Maine scallops for an appetizer. "Maine" courses (pun intended) include thyme-scented chicken thigh and a Florida Keys local catch, but opt for the lobster roll, served hot or cold. For dessert, there's a true taste of the Northeast — a glass of Del's frozen lemonade. Sub out a glass of house wine, beer, or specialty cocktail for dessert. 

Miami Spice is offered for lunch and dinner daily.

Blue Collar
Blue Collar

3. Blue Collar
Danny Serfer's flagship MiMo District restaurant is a favorite for those seeking comfort in their meal. Many items on the Spice menu are new to the restaurant, including crispy goat cheese and cantaloupe with aged balsamic; old-school salad with ranch croutons, chopped egg, carrots, and bacon; fried pork chops with black-eyed peas and red-eye gravy; pork tenderloin with creamed kale and chutney; lamb chops with harissa-stewed chickpeas; curried goat; and whole fish. For dessert, Serfer is making a cobbler from his neighbor's mangoes. 

Miami Spice is offered for dinner nightly.

Beef jerky
Beef jerky

2. NaiYaRa
Named New Times' Best Restaurant in South Beach, NaiYaRa, helmed by Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, better known as Chef Bee, turns out beautiful versions of traditional Thai street food such as beef jerky and curries. The Spice menu is filled with favorites such as popcorn shrimp, kimchee fried rice topped with a sunny-side-up egg, and Chiang Rai curry with skirt steak. As a bonus, Spice diners will receive a glass of wine with dinner.

Miami Spice is offered for dinner nightly.

Agnolotti of stinging nettle with heirloom tomato, lila onion, and ricotta at Ariete
Agnolotti of stinging nettle with heirloom tomato, lila onion, and ricotta at Ariete

1. Ariete
New Times' 2016 pick for Best Restaurant in Coconut Grove, Ariete is led by chef/partner Michael Beltran, who has elevated Coconut Grove dining with a perfectly roasted chicken and pastrami-cured short rib. The Spice menu will rotate every ten days, but expect hits such as the chef's tuna conserva, local fish, gnocchi with hunter sausage, and the Chug burger. Leave room for a slice of seasonal pie or house-made doughnuts for dessert. 

Miami Spice is offered for dinner nightly. 


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