Miami Spice: What's New and Notable for September Dining

There are still 20 dining days until Miami Spice ends its 2012 season of deals.

While we're sure many of you took advantage of specials at the beginning of the Spice season, we think it's time to revisit Spice at least one more time before the clock runs out.

With that in mind, we're offering some of our favorite Spice deals. Some of them offer additional "freebies and extras", some have exceeded expectations regarding menu choices, and some of them are just "gotta try" deals.

Let the Spicing begin.

The Federal Food Drink & Provisions
The Federal's Spice menu reads like a "best of" list, playing all of your "top 40" Federal hits. That means it's a great time to revisit or to try The Federal out for the first time. Favorite starters like "Buffalo style" pig wings and Jar-o-Duck are offered (pick two for Spice) and entrees include barbecue St. Louis-style pork ribs, Grove Farms lamb burgers, and grits and 'shrooms.

Bonus: An extra $15 gets you unlimited house wine, beer, or bubbly.

$33 dinner served Tuesday-Friday and Sunday.

Lantao Kitchen
Lantao Kitchen's Asian offerings include a "Miami style" Banh Mi (cue the cilantro), duck crepes, and rock shrimp lettuce wraps for starters. Move on to your choice of street noodles, salmon bulgogi, or grilled chicken marinated in fish sauce with pickled watermelon. Choose the forbidden black rice pudding for dessert, served with dragon fruit puree.

Bonus: Parking in South Beach a turnoff?  Pull right up to the valet and let him park your car for a mere (discounted) $10 with a Spice meal.

Choose two beverages with your Spice meal (import beer, sake, white or red wine) for $15.

$33 dinner served seven days a week.

Mercadito Midtown
A large, festive menu just screams "party with your friends'. Spicers get to choose one guacamole and one ceviche or botana for the table before choosing three types of tacos and one side. A shared dessert is offered as well.

Bonus: Did we mention you also receive your choice of complimentary beverage (including Margaritas, wines, and micheladas)?

HInt: Only "con" we can think of is arguing over the shared menu -- so make sure you come with like-minded friends.

$33 dinner served seven days a week.

The restaurant at the Miami Culinary Institute wants to take you on a voyage. Each week,Tuyo chooses a different exotic destination. This week, your palate will venture to Brazil where you'll start with either black-eyed pea acaraje fritters or African adobo -rubbed tuna before your main course of a coconut milk stew vatapa or churrasco de Sao Paulo. End the evening with some Brazilian coconut kisses.

Bonus: A wine pairing with the first two courses is offered for an additional $19.

$39 dinner served Tuesday - Friday.

It's all about choices at Pubbelly's Miami Spice menu. Start by choosing three options from the Start Up menu (some options include fried snapper salad, heirloom tomatoes, and croquetas), before diving into dumplings (pick two from duck & pumpkin, pork belly & scallion, pastrami & sauerkraut, or short rib & corn). Pig out by choosing two of Pubbelly's pork offerings (barbecue "pork wings", pork belly, or pork tenderloin), before choosing a dessert from the chalkboard.

Bonus: Choices, choices, and more choices make this menu a winner in our book.

$33 dinner served Tuesday - Sunday.

BLT Steak
BLT Steak believes that a steak house should actually offer steak during Miami Spice -- and we reap the rewards. Start our with salmon ceviche, crispy pork belly, or heirloom tomato salad before the main course where the offerings include a 10-oz., dry-aged cab Delmonico (with no up charge). There's also snapper and a play on a traditional surf and turf -- but go for the steak! A side and dessert round off the meal.

Bonus: A three-course sommelier selections wine pairing is offered for an additional $25.

$39 dinner served seven days a week.

The Dutch
King crab. New York strip. Beer steamed clams. Lots of pork. If we could write a Miami Spice menu and include all our decadent favorites, we might have come up with The Dutch's offerings. Appetizers include chilled carrot soup, summer greens, beer steamed clams, and king crab ($10 supplement). Move on to your choice of ravioli formaggio, crispy mutton snapper, a tasting of pork, or a generous 12-oz. New York strip ($20 surcharge). Have the caramel-chocolate tart for desert -- trust us on that.

Bonus: A special collection of cocktails ($9) beers ($5), and wines (starting at $7 glass, $25 bottle) have been curated just for Miami Spice.

Hint: be mindful of some of the up charges before ordering.

$39 dinner served seven days a week.

Essensia at The Palms
If you're looking to dine on locally sourced, organic and seasonal ingredients, Essensia has come up with a flavorful menu for September, taking advantage of summer fruits, cool greens, and clean proteins. Starters include a watermelon gazpacho, grilled stone fruit and burrata salad, and seared diver scallop. Choose between lobster ravioli, coffee crusted 6-oz. sirloin filet, or zahar spiced Loach Duart salmon for a main course. We'll opt for the chocolate chili mousse for dessert.

Bonus: The beautiful Miami Beach boardwalk is adjacent to the property. Perfect for walking off your multi-course meal.

$39 dinner served seven days a week.

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