Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Miami Spice and Hedy's Watermelon Tequila Ice Pops

Happy Friday. If you're still not recovered fully from our Iron Fork shindig, don't fret -- the work week ends in a few short hours.

There's no better way to celebrate the weekend than by enjoying a fantastic three-course Miami Spice meal. The two-month-long promotion kicks off today and with 174 restaurants participating, you've got to start now to get through all your favorites.

If your weekend plans involve a little beach time or a picnic, why not make a batch of Hedy Goldsmith's frozen watermelon tequila & lime pops? Miami's mistress of desserts shares her recipe, perfect for backyard parties.

Of course, you can always check out some of the new restaurants that opened up in July like Finka Table & Tap or Prost, using our handy recap of restaurants that opened and closed in July.

Your weekend starts now!

See also: July 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

Miami Spice Begins

Today is August 1 and that means the start of a two-month eating binge in Miami's finest restaurants. We're talking, of course, about Miami Spice, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau's annual dining deal that features three-course meal deals that cost $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner. 174 restaurants are participating, so where to start? We suggest reading part one of our three-part guide. The "good" of Miami Spice gives you insight into restaurants that are doing it right by offering a good value for your buck. Next week, we'll tell you about the restaurants that fall under our "great" and "grudging" categories.

If you're into cocktails more than cheesecake, Tongue & Cheek's Miami Spice menu allows you to exchange your dessert for a crafted cocktail, wine, or beer. Plus, Jamie DeRosa's restaurant offers Spice for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Good deal for all you booze hounds out there.

Get the full roster of all participating restaurants and check out their menus at ilovemiamispice.com.

See also: The Good of Miami Spice 2014, Part One

Cool off With Hedy Goldsmith's Boozy Frozen Treat

We understand that there's life outside of a restaurant. That means from time to time, our readers (and us) like to enjoy the fresh air with a little beach or backyard time, which still doesn't mean you can't have a little chef-driven refreshment. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink's executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith has shared her recipe for the coolest treat in town! Her watermelon, tequila, and lime popsicles are a sophisticated (and easy) alternative to cutting a hole in a watermelon and filling it with Everclear. Make a batch and enjoy the weekend.

Watermelon, Tequila & Lime Popsicles

Courtesy of Hedy Goldsmith; Makes 21, 4.5-ounce pops

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups watermelon juice
  • 2 cups tequila
  • 3 limes zested and juiced
  • Sugar to finish
  • Preparation:

    In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, simmer the sugar in 1 cup of water until dissolved, about three to five minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool, about 45 minutes. Add watermelon juice, tequila, and lime zest and juice, stirring to combine. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for four hours. Serve in a rocks glass with sugar-dusted rim and a slice of lime. If you can find citric acid, mix it in with the sugar for a tongue-puckering kick!

    Last Call for PB Steak

    It's not goodbye forever, but if you want to bid PB Steak a fond "see ya later," you've got a few days left before the Pubbelly Boys' Miami Beach steakhouse closes on Sunday, August 3, in anticipation of a relocation "over the bridge."

    That means it's your last chance for a while to savor the Blue crab bread pudding in a savory custard, served with a side of Old Bay hollandaise ($18), mac 'n' cheese, and (of course) a perfectly cooked steak until the restaurant finds a permanent home in either midtown, Wynwood, the Design District, or Biscayne corridor.

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