Miami Spice is finally here and the choices can be daunting. Just the other day, we got into a discussion with someone in the Miami restaurant scene who makes it a point to check out as many Spice menus as possible. Her opinion? "Go to a steak house. They have the best deals."
Recently, we were invited to preview Red's Miami Spice menu.
Unlike some other restaurants, Red offers their Spice menu for dinner seven days a week. Since there are few restaurants in the luxury category that offer weekend dinners, that's already a win.
And, in case you're hankering for a new experience every week, chef/partner Peter Vauthy changes up the menu frequently -- sometimes opting for a traditional steak house experience, sometimes choosing an Italian theme. But, no matter what other options might be offered, there's always a good steak on the menu.
You're not going to eat that steak with a Coke, so Red's Sommelier offers daily specials on wine for Spicegoers.
Although Red's Spice menu offers many upcharge items that can pad your bill, (escargot appetizers are $15 additional; a four ounce Maine lobster tail with dinner is a $19 upgrade; and a Prime New York Strip with dinner will set you back an additional $24), there are plenty of offerings on the $39 Spice menu to choose from.
A soup of the day is offered as an appetizer. Ours was a smoky tomato bisque.
Locally made burrata is creamy and flavorful ($15 upgrade on the Spice menu).
Watermelon salad is a refreshing and light way to start your meal.
Yes, there are main course offerings like scampi-style shrimp; salmon with basil pesto; and bucatini with a rather large meatball. But you came for the steak. Ours was served family-style, so this is not a representative portion. A petite five ounce C.A.B. filet is included on the Spice menu, with additional cuts like a C.A.B. Prime Ribeye ($19 upgrade) offered. Each entree comes with a baked potato and broccoli.
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Lobster mac & cheese. You know you want it.