Miami Spice 2018: The Best Freebies and Deals

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Arriving like a cool breeze to distract locals from the oppressive summer heat, Miami Spice returns August 1.

For two months, take advantage of prix fixes ($23 for lunch and brunch, and $39 for dinner) at more than 240 restaurants across town.

When planning for Spice, keep an eye out for these nine restaurants that will give you more bang for your buck through added perks such as free prosecco and house-made sangria, complimentary fourth courses, and discounted drinks.

La Centrale
La Centrale
Photo by Karli Evans

Stagionale at La Centrale. Inside La Centrale’s vegetable-focused restaurant, sip a free glass of prosecco while dining on plant-based items such as blueberry flatbread with feta, almonds, and honey; hummus with Italian parsley and rice chips; and brown rice spaghetti with lemon zest. Then top off your meal with chocolate and caramel mousse, as well as a complimentary nutrient capsule filled with organic and natural herbs, including turmeric, bee pollen, and spirulina, to aid in digestion. 601 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-720-2401; lacentralemiami.com.

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Cubarita cocktail.
Courtesy of Caña

Caña. Brickell’s recently opened Caña is participating in Spice the first time with abuela-approved dishes such as pescado a la plancha and vaca frita. In addition, all diners receive a complimentary order of chicarrón de viento, along with a free cocktail or glass of wine. 1102 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami; 786-535-1653; canamiami.com.

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Wagyu tataki with truffle ponzu
Courtesy of Azabu

Azabu Miami Beach. Another Miami Spice first-timer, Azabu kicks off every Spice meal with a starter of the chef’s choosing, such as chilled edamame soup shooters or Japanese escabeche. Other menu selections include Japanese Wagyu tataki with truffle ponzu; branzino with umami butter; a fresh sushi bowl; and matcha cheesecake. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520; azabuglobal.com.

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Bird & Bone's patio
Courtesy of Bird & Bone

Bird & Bone. Chef Richard Hales’ restaurant at the Confidante will serve a three-course menu of Southern-inspired fare, along with a complimentary glass of wine or a cocktail such as the Bone Bramble, made with gin, blackberry, cucumber sage, and lemon. Menu highlights are skillet heirloom cornbread, Miami Beach ceviche, crispy skin snapper, and fried apple hand pies. 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-424-1234; theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com.

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Bulla's sangria
Courtesy of Bulla Gastrobar

Bulla Gastrobar. At Bulla's Doral and Coral Gables locations, score a free glass of house-made sangria during Spice. On the menu, look out for chicken croquettes, veal and pork meatballs, herb-marinated pork loin, and cumin-marinated chicken skewers. Multiple locations; bullagastrobar.com.

Crispy duck leg confit.
Crispy duck leg confit.
Courtesy of GK Bistronomi

GK Bistronomie. During Spice, save $5 on any pisco sour (normally $12) with your meal. For lunch, choose from options such as the Icy Hot shrimp salad or the pork sandwich. Dinner standouts include a Thai black grouper ceviche, crispy duck leg confit, and truffled Peruvian gnocchi. End the meal with churros for dessert. 218 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-477-5151; gkbistronomie.com.

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Truffle dumplings
Courtesy of Jaya at the Setai

Jaya at the Setai. The Miami Beach restaurant has teamed up with Joto Sake to offer four sake bottles for $24. Sip on a select bottle and dine on truffle dumplings and Wagyu bao buns. Be sure to finish off with a peach crisp or warm chocolate chip bread pudding. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 855- 923-7899; thesetaihotel.com/jaya.

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Taglione con pesto
Courtesy of Sette Osteria

Sette Osteria. One of Wynwood's newest restaurants, Sette Osteria will offer a Miami Spice menu with four courses rather than three. Highlights include fried calamari, cacio e pepe, fettuccine alla bolognese, grilled salmon, and beef ribs. Top off the meal with a classic tiramisu or a tortino al cioccolato — a warm chocolate cake crowned with vanilla gelato. 2103 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-576-8282; setteosteria.com.

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Pisco y Nazca's pisco sour.
Courtesy of Pisco y Nazca

Pisco y Nazca. Pair your Spice meal with a free pisco sour at Pisco y Nazca's Kendall and Doral locations. Highlights from this year’s menu are tostones with pulled pork and avocado; mixed ceviche with fish, shrimp, octopus, fried calamari, sweet potato, and leche de tigre; and dulce de leche custard with meringue and a passionfruit glaze. Multiple locations; piscoynazca.com.

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