Miami Spice is upon us, and with more than 200 participating restaurants, plus rotating menus at select eateries, narrowing down your favorites can be a challenge. But if a juicy filet mignon swimming in smoked bone-marrow butter and crisp duck-fat fries make you quiver with excitement, opt for one these menus. All six are beautifully crafted to sate your inner cave dweller, so sharpen your knives and get ready to slice into one of these top meat menus.
Miami Spice runs August 1 through September 30, when three-course menus cost $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner. Restaurant offerings and schedules vary.
Wagyu tataki with truffle ponzu
Courtesy of Azabu
Miami Spice newcomer Azabu presents a menu brimming with beef and seafood. Begin your three-course journey with lightly seared Japanese Wagyu served alongside a light truffle ponzu, or opt for robata-grilled octopus paired with coriander mayo. Continue with a six-ounce skirt steak, seared to perfection and presented atop a bed of stringed kelp. For dessert, the matcha cheesecake boasts formidable green tea flavor and a dollop of fresh whipped cream. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520; azabuglobal.com. Miami Spice offered for dinner Monday through Sunday.
2. BLT Prime.
Sesame Tuna at BLT Prime
Courtesy of Elena Vivas
Start off Spice at BLT Prime with a selection of either shrimp ceviche marinated in leche de tigre or a hearty portion of crostini layered with goat cheese and beet salsa. For entrées, choose from an eight-ounce filet mignon bathed in red wine jus and accompanied by duck-fat fries. Another noteworthy entrée is sesame tuna on a bed of sticky coconut rice and baby bok choy. 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral; 305-591-6606; bltrestaurants.com/blt-prime/miami. Miami Spice offered for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Sunday.
3. Edge Steak & Bar.
The Brickell steakhouse offers a rare Miami Spice find: Creekstone Farms' rib-eye steak. The robust slab of beef sits pretty on a plate of puréed celery root and bone-marrow gravy. For pork fans, Edge's heritage Berkshire milanese is served with blistered tomatoes and lemon-infused rapini. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-381-3190; edgerestaurantmiami.com. Miami Spice is offered for dinner Monday through Sunday.
Wagyu beef skirt steak ($32)
Photo by Libby Volgyes
The thoughtfully crafted Spice menu at Novikov covers all the Asian favorites. Pork skewers or shrimp cilantro dumplings — along with vegetarian-friendly options such as tempura vegetables — start the meal. Entrées include Peking duck or robata-grilled hanger steak. Other menu items are wok salmon with black bean sauce, and chrashi donburi — layered sashimi over a bed of rice. 300 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-489-1000; novikov-restaurants.com. Miami Spice is offered for lunch Monday through Friday.
5. Obra Kitchen Table.
Lamb from Obra
Courtesy of Elena Vivas
Obra's Miami Spice menu comprises wildly creative Venezuelan cuisine. Tuna with dehydrated pineapple, as well as roasted tomatoes, are among the starters. Entrées include octopus bucatini, tender octopus carbonara with al dente pasta, and lamb in a coconut curry. 1331 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami; 305-846-9363; obramiami.com/en. Miami Spice is offered for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Thursday.
6. Wolgang's Steakhouse.
Appetizers include a decadent French onion soup, a classic caesar salad, and a sizzling portion of Canadian bacon. Among the entrées are a USDA Prime black filet mignon with au poivre sauce, and seafood pasta packed with calamari, sea bass, and shrimp. 315 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-487-7130; wolfgangssteakhouse.net/miami. Miami Spice offered for lunch Monday through Friday and for dinner Sunday through Thursday.