The Six Best Miami Spice 2016 Deals in South Beach

Quality Meats brings the beef.
Quality Meats brings the beef.

Ah, South Beach. When was the last time you were there? Probably some years ago, when you moved out of that dishwasherless, first-floor hovel of an apartment the final day of your lease. Since then, you've avoided the MacArthur Causeway like it's the plague, especially during the Venetian Causeway's nearly yearlong closure. 

It's easy to say Miami Spice is the ideal time to make your grand return to the Beach, but you won't run out of excuses to stay away. There will be traffic, you say. Take an Uber. But surge pricing! Try Lyft. If you're going to drive yourself, don't complain about $40 valet parking. That's for tourists and their rental cars. Avail yourself of South Beach's many public parking garages even if you have to walk a couple of blocks. Now off to dinner and $15 cocktails!

Prime seafood at Prime Fish.
Prime seafood at Prime Fish.
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6. Prime Fish
The most understated tentacle of the Prime empire is the one worthiest of your attention. You're not jammed into Prime Fish the way you are at Prime One Twelve. Here, you're given plenty of elbow space to dive into the lobster bisque ($26 by itself on the regular menu), cluttered with sweet, buttery knobs of lobster meat that appear en masse in each bite. Also snap up the swordfish schnitzel, which at a regular $38 price tag, costs as much as the entire Spice dinner, which encases a juicy fillet in a crisp crust topped with a bright fried egg.

Lamb ribs are up for grabs at Byblos.
Lamb ribs are up for grabs at Byblos.

5. Byblos
This Mediterranean gem is dishing out a wide variety of bites, kicking off with an appetizer section that commands you to select two choices. Labneh and kibbeh? Lamb rib and pide? The choice is yours. Then, choose short-rib kebabs, Persian fried chicken with tahini and za'atar, or yogurt-baked mahi-mahi. There's also a quartet of side selections, but the duck-fat-seared cauliflower and couscous seem the obvious choices. Finish things off with baklava ice cream laced with salted caramel.

Miami Spice is the ideal time to get your Korean barbecue fix.
Miami Spice is the ideal time to get your Korean barbecue fix.

4. Drunken Dragon
Miami Spice is the perfect time to check out this swanky, albeit high-priced Korean spot. Start with the hamachi, beef tartare, or Peking duck bao. But to maximize your spending, you'll have to opt for the duck confit board (usually $30) — a do-it-yourself fiesta complete with steamed buns, pickles, and a variety of house-made sauces. Tack onto that your choice from three rices and either kimchee or pickled daikon, and you've got all the makings of a solid meal.



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