Grilled octopus at Kyu.
Grilled octopus at Kyu.

The Best Miami Spice 2016 Deals for Brunch, Dinner, and Beyond

With just a few weeks left of Miami Spice, it's time to up the game and get in as many restaurants as you can. The program, which lasts until the end of September, features more than 240 local restaurants offering three-course lunches for $23 and three-course dinners for $39.

That's a great opportunity to try a new restaurant or take advantage of a date night at an establishment that normally is out of your budget. 

New Times has covered Miami Spice extensively so far this year, from offering the best new restaurants to try to breaking down values by neighborhood. Here's a rundown of our favorites so you can make the best of Miami Spice.

Hakkasan's dim sum
Hakkasan's dim sum
Photo by Laine Doss

5. The Five Best Miami Spice Weekend Brunches
Technically, Miami Spice doesn't offer brunch, but guess what? Take a weekend lunch deal, add some friends and a cocktail, and you've got brunch. From dim sum at Hakkasan to a trip to Italy with Via Verdi's twin chefs, these are the best three-course weekend meals you'll find.

Banh mi lettuce wraps at Plant Food + WineEXPAND
Banh mi lettuce wraps at Plant Food + Wine

4. The Six Best Vegan- and Vegetarian-Friendly Options for Miami Spice 2016
Here's the scenario: You want to take advantage of Miami Spice this weekend, but your bestie is vegan — or maybe you are and most Spice menus clearly state "no substitutions." The good news is there's never been a better time to savor a plant-based diet in Miami, because chefs are committed to cooking healthier for both their guests and their families. From Matthew Kenney’s Wynwood plant-based palace to Danny Serfer's Blue Collar and Mignonette, here are the best places to enjoy a meatless Spice menu.

Quality Meats
Quality Meats

3. The Six Best Miami Spice 2016 Deals in South Beach
It's a truth — once you move off the Beach, it takes nothing short of a miracle to get you to drive over the causeway. Sure, South Beach has traffic that's unbearable and tourists that resemble boiled lobsters, but there are also some amazing restaurants. Consider Miami Spice your annual miracle — after all, the prospect of a three-course dinner for $39 in SoBe is akin to parting the Red Sea. Rekindle your love affair with Pubbelly or chomp down on steak at Quality Meats. Then work off your meal with a stroll on the sand.

Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth of the Sarsaparilla Club.
Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth of the Sarsaparilla Club.
Courtesy of the Sarsaparilla Club

2. Miami Spice 2016: The Ten Best New Restaurants to Try
Are you in a culinary rut? It's time to break out and try a new restaurant or two, and Miami Spice is the prefect time to explore eateries. This year, some real standout restaurants opened, such as Chef Bee's NaiYaRa and Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth's Sarsaparilla Club — and both offer Spice deals. If you're a homesick New Yorker, try Prime Italian's meal for a taste of home. Any way you slice it, here are the best restaurants that are new to Miami Spice.

Dish from Alter's Spice menu.
Dish from Alter's Spice menu.
Photo by Laine Doss

1. Miami Spice 2016: Full List of Participating Restaurants
If you want to explore all the Miami Spice options, there's a world of possibilities — more than 240. Behold the list of all 2016 Spice participants. Bon appétit!

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