Coral Gables has only 30 restaurants participating in Miami Spice, but an outsize share of those places is doing the two-month special the right way. Maybe they don’t have the novelty or the glitz of South Beach or Brickell spots, but unlike those unknown quantities, the quality of the meal won’t be a crap shoot. So as you use Spice to knock off some of the 121 restaurants spread across downtown and the Beach, don’t forget about Coral Gables.
The best of the Gables are mostly tried-and-true contenders. Moreover, each year, they reliably put out Spice menus that offer the creativity and value that make the promotion's $23 lunches and $39 dinners worthwhile.
5. MesaMar Seafood Table
Lilia “Fifi” Molina, the chef behind the understated yet beloved Fifi’s Place, opened this quiet gem about a year ago. It concentrates on well-executed seafood dishes drawing on the cuisines of Latin America. Most important, however, is that during Miami Spice, MesaMar is offering a whole fish, fried or grilled, simply served with a few dabs of olive oil and garlic butter. What more do you need?
If you’ve been craving a good steak, Miami Spice at Christy’s is the place to do it. The rest of the year, the iconic restaurant's eight-ounce filet mignon costs $42 alone, three bucks more than the entirety of the Spice meal. Bookend it with a caesar salad and a slice of key lime pie for a classic steakhouse experience.