Miami Spice

Miami Spice 2022: Five New Restaurants to Try

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Cote's "Butcher Feast"
Though Miami Spice has just started its two-month run, it's very much in full swing.

Over 200 restaurants are participating this year, with the program bolstered by the newly minted Florida Michelin Guide and a heated demand for Miami in general.

The program, which runs through September 30, offers a three-course, prix-fixe lunch and brunch for $28. This year, dinner works on a two-tier system with options for $45 and $60 for three-course menus for the evening meal. All prices exclude tax, tip, and, in most cases, beverages.

There are plenty of new restaurants to try, each with exemplary values.

Each of the five world-class restaurants listed below in alphabetical order should be tops on your Miami Spice to-do list.
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Dishes at Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen/Sam Gorenstein

Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen

864 Commerce St., Miami Beach
abbatlvkitchen.com
Chefs Sam Gorenstein and Hedy Goldsmith are Miami Beach's culinary one-two punch at this charmer of a restaurant. Gorenstein is in charge of the savory, while Goldsmith creates magic with her pastries and desserts — all in one of Miami Beach's most charming and colorful settings. This restaurant offers up a host of Israeli-inspired dishes that are flavorful and bright. Plus, vegetarians and vegans will surely delight in the restaurant's Miami Spice lunch menu, which is filled with fragrant carrots, a kale salad, pickled vegetables, and more. For dinner, you simply must try the fish — Gorenstein knows his way around seafood. Whatever you do, if Goldsmith's sweet and savory date and feta cake is offered that day, order it. Miami Spice is offered for lunch ($28) Tuesday through Saturday; dinner ($45) Tuesday through Thursday, and dinner ($60) Friday and Saturday.
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Cote in the Design District
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Cote Miami

3900 NE Second Ave., Miami
305-434-4668
cotemiami.com
If you've been waiting to dine at this Design District stunner, now's the time. Cote Miami just received a Michelin Star for its premium cuts of meat and delectable sides. Cote only offers Miami Spice during lunch on weekdays, but that's a great excuse to take a client (or a co-worker) out for a meal. Cote offers its Optimus Prime steak sandwich (eight-ounce USDA prime rib, thinly sliced on a Sullivan Street baguette) or its lunchtime-only fried chicken sandwich, but splurge for the Butcher's Lunch to get the full Cote treatment: USDA prime hanger steak and dry-aged rib-eye grilled tableside, accompanied by lettuce, scallion salad, and ssamjang ($12 upcharge per person). Miami Spice is offered for lunch ($28) Monday through Thursday.
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Lion & the Rambler is a sleek, eclectic neighborhood spot in Coral Gables.
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Lion and the Rambler

804 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
305-603-7612
lionandtherambler.com
Chef-owner Michael Bolen offers both a multi-course tasting menu and a la carte items at this Coral Gables fine dining establishment, with a rotating menu of small plates that are elevated takes on favorite comfort foods. For Miami Spice, Bolen offers a dinner menu sure to please most everybody: white asparagus ajo blanco or yellowtail crudo are appetizer options, followed by either sweet corn and ricotta agnolotti or pork short ribs for dinner (a Koji-aged NY strip is available for a $15 upcharge). For dessert, there's house-made ice cream in a variety of flavors. Miami Spice is offered for dinner ($45) Sunday and Wednesday through Saturday.
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Orno in Coral Gables
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Orno

1350 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables
305- 667-6766
ornomiami.com
Chef Niven Patel's beautiful Coral Gables restaurant, tucked inside the Thesis Hotel, offers fire-grilled meats along with vegetables that the chef pulled from his own farm, Rancho Patel. Patel's drive to serve only the freshest produce and the finest meats shine through at Orno, reflecting the chef's fine dining background. Patel's passion pays off: Orno was listed in this year's Florida Michelin Guide. Patel is also generous: a pan-roasted snapper, a grilled Wagyu bavette, or corn risotto are all offered as Miami Spice entrees with no upcharges. Miami Spice is offered for dinner ($60) daily.
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Sexy Fish in Brickell
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Sexy Fish

1001 S. Miami Ave., Miami
305- 889-7888
sexyfishmiami.com

Sexy Fish sounds like a restaurant that Bill Hader's Stefan character would describe: "It has sushi, cocktails, a giant aquarium, servers in metallic-scaled jackets, mermaids, and 007 taking a whiz in the men's room." But for all of the pomp and whimsy, the restaurant's chef director Bjoern Weissgerber gives the kitchen direction and purpose. Whether you're celebrating an occasion, like good food, or simply need to add some clout to your Instagram, Sexy Fish is the place to be. Miami Spice is offered for lunch ($28) Monday through Friday.