Brunch

Miami Spice 2016: The Five Best Weekend Brunches

The weekend is here, and you and your friends are busy making brunch plans. You peruse the Miami Spice website in hopes of taking advantage of a deal and find the impossible: According to Spice, brunch does not exist!

Hold on, young grasshopper. Miami Spice brunch does exist — it's just referred to as lunch. If you use your imagination, plenty of the city's best restaurants offer a three-course weekend lunch menu during the two-month promotion. 

Brunch, lunch. Who cares what it's called? An afternoon meal with your besties or boo on a Saturday or Sunday is what you want. 

These five restaurants offer generous three-course meal deals for your weekend dining pleasure for $23 (tax and tip additional). Just a note while Spice brunching: That $23 deal can quickly turn expensive when you add afternoon dranks, so temper yourself with rounds of water if you're on a budget.


Each restaurant listed here offers the deal both Saturday and Sunday.
5. Pisco y Nazca 
So many choices abound at this new Doral tribute to Peru. The restaurant features modern takes on traditional Peruvian cuisine and craft cocktails. The Miami Spice menu offers four appetizers and five entrées to choose from, so it's best to bring a group so you can try everything. For starters, don't miss the ceviche cremoso of mahi, shrimp, and creamy leche de tigre. By all means, order the quinoa chaufa with salmon, tri-color quinoa, bell peppers, and pickled salsa criolla as your entrée. For dessert, there's arroz con leche cheesecake. 
4. Via Verdi
If you've always wanted to take a trip to Italy but never got around to booking your Alitalia flight, don't fret. Simply reserve a table at Via Verdi and allow twin chefs Fabrizio and Nicola Carro to show you la dolce vita. The restaurant is offering rotating fare from different regions of Italy. First stop: the island of Sicily. Start with caponata or arancini with beef ragu, peas, and mozzarella before your choice of caserecce al pesto trapanese (twist pasta with vegetarian Sicilian pesto) or veal bocconcini with Parmesan-and-bread-crumb-sauteed broccolini. A cannoli with chocolate ricotta ends your culinary journey.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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