This week was pretty exciting in the Miami food scene, rainy days notwithstanding. This weekend is no slouch, either, with a host of free events, openings, and, of course, the last weekend in which to indulge in a three-course Miami Spice meal.
Weekend starts now!
Dance with a chicken?
Photo by Laine Doss
Beach Party in Aventura Courtesy of Pollo Tropical
Pollo Tropical is having a grand opening of their newest restaurant in Aventura, at Grand Opening in Aventura, at 20403 Biscayne Blvd., in the Promenade Shops. To celebrate, they're turning the land-locked city into a beach -- with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Florida.
Today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy live music, a recreated beach, and a surfing challenge where local media personalities take their turns on a surfing simulator.
In addition, the first 100 guests will receive a coupon for a free "create your own" family meal, redeemable on a future visit to any Pollo Tropical location. And one lucky winner from those first 100 people will win free chicken for a year. The drawing will take place at 11 a.m. and participants must be present to win.
Courtesy of Ball & Chain
Viernes Culturales and Pastelito Daiquiris
Every once and a while it's good to get off the beach and seek some culture. Tonight, Calle Ocho is hosting Viernes Culturales. Think of it as Wynwood's art walk with a lot more sabor. Take a free cultural tour tonight at 7 p.m. (the tour meets at the Tower Theater), then head over to Ball & Chain (across the street) for a pastelito daiquiri.
Cocktails and a view with your brunch at 15th & Vine
Courtesy of 15th & Vine
Brunch at 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar
There's a new brunch in town and it comes with gorgeous views and bottomless cocktails. 15th & Vine Kitchen & Bar is introducing their weekend brunch, available every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu items include blueberry-lemon pancakes; grilled flatbread topped with roast pear, blue cheese, caramelized onion and arugula; ropa vieja panini and the Viceroy burger. For those watching their carbs, the popular eatery also offers healthy items like salmon a la plancha and pan roasted chicken breast.
For $15 each, chase down brunch with unlimited mimosas or bloody mary cocktails. Brunch at 15th & Vine is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday.
Courtesy of Pinkberry
The world is divided into two sets of people. Those who love froyo and those who are so joyless they wouldn't appreciate a basket of puppies. For people who are of the I-love-frozen-treats-and-baby-animals ilk, head over to Pinkberry in Midtown Miami this weekend for their one year anniversary celebration. Enjoy DJs, a clown, and face painting, and if you find a sticker under your cup of yogurt, it's free. Plus, on Saturday and Sunday, the first 10 guests will receive a free small frozen yogurt and evey guest will receive half-priced treats before noon.
Mussels at Il Mulino. Spice is nice.
Photo by Laine Doss
Last Chance for Miami Spice
October is closing in on us and that means the last chance for Spice. Those fantastic three-course $23 lunches and $35 dinners disappear on September 30 and this is the last weekend to take advantage of the fantastic deals at restaurants -- including ones you've been dying to try out like Mignonette, J & G Grill, and Haven South Beach.
Visit ilovemiamispice.com for the full list of participating restaurants, or check out some of our Miami Spice guides for our best picks.
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See also: Five Best September Miami Spice Menus