Where to Satisfy Your Hunger During Miami Spice Month
By Victoria Cervantes for Where Traveler
This ode to Miami’s culinary scene has us salivating.
Inspired by New York’s Restaurant Week, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau created Miami Spice (Aug. 1-Sept. 30) in 2001, in response to the slump in the restaurant scene that followed the 9/11 attacks. The delicious dining promotion sought to entice locals and out-of-towners back into restaurants with prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at affordable prices.
From the initial 54 participating restaurants, the wallet-friendly promotion has grown over the years to about 240 eateries, from Miami Beach to as far south as Homestead and the Redlands.
This year, not only have forty new restaurants joined perennial favorites, such as DB Bistro Moderne, The Forge and Palme d’Or, in offering lunch ($23) and ($39) for dinner, but for the first time ever diners can also try out brunch at select restaurants. Pro-tip: Check out the Miami Spice website for restrictions such as dinner-only, blackout dates or weekday-only offers.
As you pour over the extensive list of places, here are a few to try this season.
In the hip and trendy neighborhood of Sunset Harbour you’ll find gastropub Pubbelly Noodle Bar, helmed by five-time James Beard Award nominee chef Jose Mendin. With six entrees to choose from, the tapas-style menu highlights everything from dim sum to ramen and steam-filled buns.