The Five Best Miami Spice Power Lunches

Zest offers weekday lunch as part of Miami Spice.
Zest offers weekday lunch as part of Miami Spice.
Courtesy of Zest

We're halfway through Miami Spice, giving us about 30 more days to sample 200-plus eateries. If your evenings are packed, squeeze in a midday grub session — many of Spice's restaurants offer rich lunches for a mere $23. Even better, book a lunch meeting with a client or a briefing with a co-worker, and work while you play (or in this case, eat). This next month marks a lot of work to be done and many meals to be had from South Miami and Brickell to Wynwood and South Beach. Don't waste time — the clock is ticking, and your stomach is growling.

Photo by Michael Pissari

5. Zest 
When Cindy Hutson's Zest opened in March, it brought vibrance to Miami's otherwise gray downtown. Now the chef's signature "Cuisine of the Sun"-inspired restaurant offers an alluring Spice lunch. The ethnically diverse and seasonally driven menu features beloved items such as the 50/50 meatball, which blends 50 percent Niman ground lamb and 50 percent Angus chuck beef to create one colossal ball of meat; the coffee-and-cocoa-crusted salmon, showered in a chipotle-agave glaze and served with creamy corn polenta; and a handful of red velvet whoopie pies served with a light chocolate sauce. Most of Hutson's heartier menu items range from $15 to $30, making the restaurant's lunch deal not only satisfying but also affordable.

End your lunch at Los Fuegos with flan.
End your lunch at Los Fuegos with flan.
Photo by Clarissa Buch

4. Los Fuegos 
Miami Beach
When weeks begin to blend together, it's time to add some spice — literally. Los Fuegos, the Argentine eatery inside the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, does just that. Trade stacks of papers and back-to-back meetings with seemingly endless food courses. The eatery's Spice lunch menu is hearty, offering everything from empanadas, which boast a soft center and crisp shell while stuffed with hand-cut prime filet and served with a touch of tangy llajua sauce, to a lomito sandwich packed with tomato, mustard, and arugula, along with three to four slices of thick-cut prime beef. If that weren't enough, there's a puck-size dulce de leche flan for dessert too. Food aside, the restaurant's opulent decor, accented in red and gold, is enough to evaporate life's daily stresses for an afternoon of taste and luxury. 

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