Miami Spice starts August 1, with around 200 of Miami's finest restaurants offering special three-course meals for $39 for dinner and $23 for lunch.
As always, the restaurants at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach have embraced Spice. Scarpetta, Hakkasan, Michael Mina 74, and StripSteak at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach will participate in the program, with all four of the resort's signature restaurants offering their own special reasons to dine at their establishments.
Though there are no real surprises on the menus, each restaurant offers their tried and true staples at good values that will leave you sated. Best of all, valet parking, normally an extravagant add-on to an evening at the Fontainebleau, is reduced to $12 for diners taking advantage of Miami Spice (just remember to have your ticket validated at the restaurant). Here's a run-down of each of the restaurants and what they're offering.
StripSteak by Michael Mina offers Miami Spice dinners Sunday — Thursday. Appetizers include a choice of spicy salmon tartare with avocado purée, pickled cucumber, and
If you're looking for a weekend dinner (or a steak), your better bet is Michael Mina 74. There, a Miami Spice dinner is offered daily (even on weekends) and includes Black Angus on the menu options. Start with your choice of summer crab roll made with Alaskan king crab, jumbo lump and snow crab, cilantro, and warm buttered ponzu; lamb meatballs with ricotta gnudi, date chutney, and onion yogurt; or tabouli salad with Florida mango and avocado. Entrees include
Scott Conant's Scarpetta offers Miami Spice dinners Sunday - Thursday. Alas, Conant's famous spaghetti is not offered this year (bummer), but the equally savory polenta is featured on the menu. For starters, there's seared tuna or mozzarella in
As always, Hakkasan steals the Miami Spice show at the Fontainebleau by offering not only a good dinner on Sunday - Thursday, but a weekend dim sum lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
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For dinner, Hakkasan makes Miami Spice simple by doing most of the work for you. For an appetizer, there's crispy duck salad. Then, the table will receive stir-fried beef with Szechuan sauce, steamed red snapper with dried turnips, and pak choi with shiitake mushrooms for a shared family-style meal. Only at dessert is there a choice — coconut
Hakkasan's dim sum weekend lunch is the real winner. For $23 (less than most neighborhood diners on a weekend), you'll enjoy a steamed dim sum platter of lotus root chicken
Miami Spice menus are subject to change. To check out a list of participating restaurants and peruse menus, visit ilovemiamispice.com.