Miami Spice 2011: Complete List of the Good, the Great, and the Grudging

Over the past several days, we have reviewed Miami Spice menus. The $35 prix fixe, three-course promotion began yesterday and runs till September 30. Some restaurants embrace this program with more of a giving attitude than others. We categorize those that are extremely generous with choices and availability as "great." Worthwhile deals offered in the right spirit are "good." And those whose Spice deals look like the result of a severely twisted arm are listed under "grudging."

We haven't eaten these Miami Spice dinners, so we are not taking portion size into account. And our assumption is that food quality will be fine because we've plucked the better establishments from the MS list. We're really judging the menu and attitude rather than the meal.

Last Wednesday we looked at menus from Miami Beach establishments. The next day was the Design District, midtown, and north; Friday we covered the Gables, Grove, and points south; yesterday we gauged menus that had trickled in during the weekend. Today we publish the composite list of the Good (30 restaurants), the Great (16), and the Grudging (12).

The Good

Asia de Cuba
Atrio Restaurant at Conrad Miami
BLT Steak at the Betsy
Bourbon Steak
Blue Door Fish
Caffe Abbracci
China Grill
DB Bistro Moderne
Egg & Dart Greek Cuisine
Gotham Steak at the Fontainebleau
Graziano's Restaurant
Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau
National Hotel
Novecento 900
Palme d'Or
Petit Rouge
Quinn's South Beach
Red the Steakhouse
Rosa Mexicano
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Sawa Restaurant & Lounge
Sra. Martinez
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Tantra Restaurant & Lounge
The Dining Room
Two Chefs

The Grudging

Ago Restaurant at the Shore Club
Bizcaya at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove
Blade at the Fontainebleau
Eden South Beach
The Forge Restaurant/Wine Bar
Kane Steakhouse
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Lou Lou Le Petite Bistro
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
OLA at Sanctuary Hotel
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana
Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante

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