It's mid-August, and many restaurants are weathering the summer doldrums, so imagine how Wynwood restaurateurs feel with the additional strain of being in a Zika transmission zone.
Luckily, life is coming back to Wynwood. Last week, the Wynwood Yard reopened
, and Art Walk was well attended. Today local radio hosts Paul Castronovo and Young Ron Brewer are taking listeners for a tour of Miami's most artistic neighborhood.
If you want to inject some dollars into Wynwood's economy, there's nothing better than enjoying a Miami Spice
lunch or dinner in the area. After all, some of the Magic City's most innovative eateries call Wynwood home.
These five restaurants offer generous three-course meal deals for $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner. Remember to note the days Spice is offered and that tax, tip, and drinks are additional.
5. Plant Food + Wine
Matthew Kenney's food is so good you might not care that it's raw and vegan — but it is. If you have vegetarians in your life, this is the place to take them for a drop-dead gorgeous meal.
For lunch, try the fennel tostada with anise guacamole and black radish or cauliflower and huacaína. Then decide on the mushroom ropa vieja with heirloom tomato sofrito or the MK bowl. Finish with a papaya dessert.
Dinner offers a choice of green gazpacho or báhn mì rolls for starters. Then it's between achiote cauliflower tacos with culantro creme and chayote slaw or barbecued mamey with yellow corn cream, pickled ginger, and horseradish foam. Lucuma quinoa dessert tops off the evening.
The Miami Spice menu is offered for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday.
4. R House
With a working art gallery built into the restaurant, R House is truly an extension of the neighborhood in which it resides. You might recognize chef/owner Rocco Carulli from Bravo's Best New Restaurant
, where his restaurant was featured.
R House's Spice menu offers much for fans of surf or turf. Start with lobster soup with roasted corn relish, avocado, jalapeño, cilantro, and cream or artisanal Italian sausage; for a $6 upcharge, choose yellowfin tuna tartare. A braised short rib, rubbed in coffee and chili and served with jalapeño scalloped potatoes, is offered as an entrée, but get Chef Carulli's Brazilian moqueca, a seafood stew made with wild local mahi-mahi, wild tiger shrimp, scallops, bell peppers, tomato, coconut milk, and basmati rice. For dessert, there's raspberry tres leches or truffle chocolate cake with a salted base.
The Miami Spice menu is offered for dinner Wednesday through Saturday.