5 Miami Spice Deals Worth The Drive From Fort Lauderdale
For those who are too impatient to wait for Dine Out Lauderdale to begin in September, Miami Spice, the Miami equivalent of the six-week-long restaurant promotion, starts Aug. 1. Even better news: There are plenty of can’t-miss fine dining deals within reach of Broward County.
During Miami Spice, the area’s top restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for $23 and $39, respectively. Guests get to choose one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert from a typical pre-set selection of two to three options each.
This year’s participating restaurants were just announced, so we’ve peeled through their menus to make our picks for the five best Miami Spice deals that are worth the drive.
Even if it weren’t the closest of any restaurant on the Miami Spice list, this Gulfstream Park steakhouse would still have made our list. Adena sources its grass-fed beef from its own farm, and its Spice menu features a 6-ounce petit filet as one of its entrées. The other two mains are a short rib with creamy polenta and sautéed spinach, and a baked mahi-mahi with smoked Gouda, jasmine rice and Brussels sprouts. You’ll also start with an appetizer, like the Adena diced beef in a zinfandel reduction or the tuna taquitos in a crispy wonton, and finish off the meal with a tropical dessert. Adena’s lime cake is served with both guava and cream cheese ice creams and pineapple in mint oil.
900 Silks Run, Unit 1740, Hallandale Beach; 954.464.2333
Novecento offers the most flexibility of the bunch. The Argentine restaurant is serving its lunch menu every day but Saturday and dinner every night but Friday. Make the drive to Aventura whenever it’s most convenient, but we think an evening meal sounds like the best deal. The restaurant’s dinnertime appetizers include octopus and shrimp tiradito (like a Peruvian version of carpaccio or crudo) as well as a tomato and fontina cheese tart with basil pesto. The three mains are house-made ravioli with porcini mushrooms, the fish special of the day, or grilled flap steak with mashed potatoes, asparagus and goat cheese. Plus, there’s passion fruit pie and chocolate mousse for dessert.
18831 Biscayne Blvd., Unit 220, Aventura; 305.466.0900
Il Mulino’s menu is a win because of all the options. Choose from five traditional Italian entrées at lunch or seven (!) at dinner. The restaurant’s $23 lunch menu is a hearty one, so it sounds like the best way to go (though we won’t deny that the 10-ounce filet at dinnertime is also a steal). Lunch entrées range from orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe to veal marsala with prosciutto. You can also order mussels in white wine sauce or a spicy red marinara to start, and try Il Mulino’s famous tiramisu or homemade Italian cheesecake for dessert.
17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.466.9191
Come to AQ for the view and stay for the Mediterranean cuisine. The sophisticated oceanfront eatery at Acqualina Resort & Spa is offering a Miami Spice dinner menu Monday through Friday. That means you can enjoy your light Mediterranean meal on the terrace and take in the views of the Atlantic Ocean at sunset. Choose from house-made hummus or a dragon fruit Greek salad to start. For the main course, we recommend the wok-charred salmon with a side of crispy spinach and purple potatoes, but the flat iron steak with fennel and rigatoni al fresco sound tasty, too. You’ll be having chocolate icebox pie for dessert.
17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.918.8000
If you can squeeze in a weekday dinner between Sunday and Thursday, head to J&G Grill in Bal Harbour. Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s fine dining establishment is the farthest of our five picks, but pastry chef Antonio Bachour’s desserts alone make this Miami Spice deal worth the drive. While the menu doesn’t specify what he’ll be whipping up, we can guarantee you’ll want to whip out your phone and post a picture of it on Instagram. (Peruse Bachour’s own Instagram if you need further proof of the imaginative decadence this pastry genius brings to the ritzy St. Regis.) Entrée options are nothing to scoff at, either. Choices include local snapper tempura and parmesan crusted chicken with white asparagus and lemon-basil butter.
9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305.993.3300
Miami Spice will run from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30.