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Miami Spice Last Call: Five Restaurants Not to Miss

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Hard to believe, but Miami Spice is nearly over. The two-month-long dining event ends Monday, September 30, taking with it well-priced three-course lunches and dinners.

The good news: You still have a few days to get your Spice fix. We've made it easy for you by offering five restaurants you simply cannot miss (and why).

See also: Miami Spice -- The Ten Best Weekend Deals

Tongue & Cheek

Didn't make it to Tongue & Cheek's Kitchen Collab dinner with Lindsay Autry? Don't fret, because the awesome meal, which featured dishes by T&C's Jamie DeRosa and Top Chef alum and Sundy House executive chef Lindsay Autry, will be featured on a special Miami Spice menu through Monday. Menu items include chilled tuna with yogurt semifreddo, puffed rice and spiced pear dashi; crispy fried pork torchon with grilled fig, pumpkin seed, and mostarda; ricotta gnocchi with octopus bolognese, uni, and bottarga; and rabbit "à la moutarde" with carrot, sunflower seed risotto, and marshmallow.

Miami Spice is offered here for dinner only, Friday through Monday.

See also: Miami Spice for Weekend Brunch

Alba Seaside Italian

The weather forecast for this weekend calls for low humidity and gorgeous cooler weather, which means it's perfect to head to Alba Seaside Italian and dine on the beautiful patio overlooking the ocean. Miami Spice lunch options include pizza (for an appetizer), moules-frites or a lobster and crab sandwich for entrée, and cookies and milk for dessert. For dinner, try the short-rib pizza, brimming with cheese and melt-in-your-mouth meat, as an entrée. An additional $15 gets you unlimited wine or sangria. If you're feeling lucky, play the Vinny D split. If your number comes up, the meal is on the house -- but be sure to leave a tip!

Miami Spice is offered for lunch and dinner Friday through Monday.

See also: Alba's Ralph Pagano and the Vinny D Split: Do You Feel Lucky?

Restaurant Michael Schwartz at the Raleigh

Executive chef Daniel Ganem has been enticing us from his Facebook page for the past two months as he takes exquisite photos of his dishes on the Miami Spice menu. Frankly, it's making us hungry right now just thinking of the Harvey Cedars fish stew for lunch or the succulent pan-roasted chicken for dinner. We say keep taking those pictures and we'll keep eating!

Miami Spice is offered for lunch Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Dinner is offered Friday through Monday.

The Forge

Where else can you dine on a three-course meal that includes fresh grouper and yellowtail ceviche for an appetizer, a Creekstone Farms filet mignon for an entrée, and fennel panna cotta for dessert for only $39? Only at the Forge and only for Spice.

Miami Spice is offered only for dinner Friday, Sunday, and Monday.

See also: The Forge's Miami Spice Dinner Menu: Best Bargain?

Mercadito Midtown

Miami Spice at Mercadito just says "party with friends." The restaurant's Spice menu is undeniably the most fun. Where else does the Spice experience offer a free margarita and guacamole and ceviche -- just to start off the night? Then, choose three tacos for your entrée before moving on to dessert. For sheer volume, creativity, and a free drink, you must make it to Mercadito Midtown before Spice ends.

Miami Spice is offered only for dinner Friday through Monday.

See also: Mercadito's Custom Margaritas

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