The Great of Miami Spice 2014, Part Two

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The birthplace of Jose Mendin, Andreas Schreiner and Sergio Navarro's small empire is always one of the liveliest Spice spots. With almost the entire menu up for grabs, you'll have your selection of small plates like their beloved dates avec chorizo and Korean sweetbreads, as well as dumplings. There's pastrami and sauerkraut tucked inside little pasta purses. Then it's on to two entrées, one vegetables (to make Mom happy) and a dessert. Feast away. Available for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante

One of Miami's most reliable Italian spots, this Sunset Harbour standby has been turning out flavorful, toothsome pastas and an array of fresh seafood well before the neighborhood became hip. The entrées, which include gnocchi with a rustic lamb sauce called sugo and slow-cooked pork ossobucco also features a daily changing cartoccio: the fish steamed slowly in paper that costs $30 the rest of the year. Available for lunch daily; dinner Sunday through Thursday.

Essensia Restaurant and Lounge

Add this healthful Miami Beach spot to the list of real deals. Julie Frans's menu, studded with quinoa and kale, usually offers no protein for less than $30. During Spice, you'll have your choice of Proper Sausage lamb sliders, tandoori chicken skewers, and corvina with a coconut saffron sauce and black forbidden rice. Available for lunch Monday through Saturday; dinner daily.

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Zachary Fagenson became the New Times Broward-Palm Beach restaurant critic in 2012 before taking up the post for Miami in 2014. He also works as a correspondent for Reuters.
Contact: Zachary Fagenson