Miami Spice

Five New Restaurants to Try During Miami Spice 2018

Order Planta's house burger during Miami Spice.
Order Planta's house burger during Miami Spice. Courtesy of Planta
The moment you've been waiting for all year is almost here: Miami Spice returns this August. For two months, indulge in prix fixes at some of the area's best restaurants for $23 for lunch or brunch and $39 for dinner.

Running through September 30, the program was started 17 years ago by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau as a way to promote the city's restaurants to visitors and locals. Since its inception, Spice has grown to include hundreds of participating restaurants across Miami-Dade County.

This year, more than 240 eateries, including two dozen new spots, will offer Miami Spice menus. Among them are David Grutman's vegan restaurant, Planta; Jose Mendin's Habitat; and Helene Henderson's farm-to-table spot, Malibu Farm.

Here are menu highlights from five of this year's new Miami Spice participants:
click to enlarge Planta makes its Miami Spice debut. - COURTESY OF PLANTA
Planta makes its Miami Spice debut.
Courtesy of Planta
1. Planta. David Grutman's buzzy vegan restaurant located off South Pointe Drive in South Beach will offer the best of its brunch and dinner menus during Miami Spice. Standouts are coconut ceviche topped with corn nuts, date guajillo, and pickled cucumber; steamed dumplings with shiitake mushrooms, sweet corn, and hot chili oil; the Frenchie pizza, which swaps cheese for an almond-based substitute and adds squash, mushrooms, and a truffle vinaigrette; and the Planta burger, a veggie patty made of black beans, mashed lentils, and beetroot, along with lettuce, tomato, dill pickles, and a gooey cheese made of carrot and potato. 850 Commerce St., Miami Beach; 305-397-8513; Miami Spice offered Sunday through Thursday for dinner and Saturday and Sunday for brunch.
click to enlarge Wagyu beef “milanesa” carpaccio at Habitat. - PHOTO BY CANDACEWEST.COM
Wagyu beef “milanesa” carpaccio at Habitat.
2. Habitat. The newest restaurant by the five-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Jose Mendin, Habitat, will serve Miami Spice dinner during the week. Try steak tartare sliders garnished with Parmesan fondue, green mustard, and black truffle; Wagyu beef gyoza with sweet potato and a spicy dipping sauce; a beet salad with burrata, pistachio vinaigrette, and green apples; or an eight-ounce hanger steak with a niçoise olive chimichurri. For dessert, dig into a daily rotating selection of sweets by pastry chef Maria Orantes. 2395 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-6700; Miami Spice offered Monday through Friday for dinner.
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