Miami Spice 2011: Complete List of the Good, the Great, and the Grudging

Categories: Miami Spice
1500 Degrees puts out a hot Spice menu.
Over the past several days, we have reviewed Miami Spice menus. The $35 prix fixe, three-course promotion began yesterday and runs till September 30. Some restaurants embrace this program with more of a giving attitude than others. We categorize those that are extremely generous with choices and availability as "great." Worthwhile deals offered in the right spirit are "good." And those whose Spice deals look like the result of a severely twisted arm are listed under "grudging."

We haven't eaten these Miami Spice dinners, so we are not taking portion size into account. And our assumption is that food quality will be fine because we've plucked the better establishments from the MS list. We're really judging the menu and attitude rather than the meal.

Last Wednesday we looked at menus from Miami Beach establishments. The next day was the Design District, midtown, and north; Friday we covered the Gables, Grove, and points south; yesterday we gauged menus that had trickled in during the weekend. Today we publish the composite list of the Good (30 restaurants), the Great (16), and the Grudging (12).

Essensia comes through with a bright Spice menu.
The Great

1500 Degrees at Eden Roc
660 at the Angler's
Angelique Euro Café
Area 31
Azul at Mandarin Oriental Miami
Christy's Restaurant
Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at the Palms
La Cofradia
Meat Market
Por Fin
Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau
SushiSamba Dromo
Tudor House Restaurant
Tuna's Raw Bar & Grill

Gio Alma
Spice at Sra. Martinez means alluring small plates.
The Good

Asia de Cuba
Atrio Restaurant at Conrad Miami
BLT Steak at the Betsy
Bourbon Steak
Blue Door Fish
Caffe Abbracci
China Grill
DB Bistro Moderne
Egg & Dart Greek Cuisine
Gotham Steak at the Fontainebleau
Graziano's Restaurant
Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau
National Hotel
Novecento 900
Palme d'Or
Petit Rouge
Quinn's South Beach
Red the Steakhouse
Rosa Mexicano
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Sawa Restaurant & Lounge
Sra. Martinez
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Tantra Restaurant & Lounge
The Dining Room
Two Chefs

Quattro isn't exactly rolling out the red carpet.
The Grudging

Ago Restaurant at the Shore Club
Bizcaya at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove
Blade at the Fontainebleau
Eden South Beach
The Forge Restaurant/Wine Bar
Kane Steakhouse
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Lou Lou Le Petite Bistro
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
OLA at Sanctuary Hotel
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana
Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante

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We have been at Kane, and it was fantastic. The Spice Menu was delicious, and the staff very friendly!

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We have been at Por Fin and LOVED IT. First, we liked that the restaurant was not treating as the Miami Spice but as a regular guests which some of the restaurants fail to do, well, maybe not the restaurants but the restaurant staff... The portions were generous and the food delicious! 


Senora Martinez's Spice menu was generous, portions were standard, not shrunken down at all, and the list of options was vast.  That being said, some items are far tastier than others so choose wisely.  A few recommendations: The croquettas, shrimp toast, hangar steak, garbanzo beans, octopus carpaccio, and chocolate bread pudding.  Delicious meal! Avoid the lamb ribs, fatty and bland.


The Anglers was a disappointment. Short rib risotto entree was so small it couldn't fill a cavity, one hour to receive meal and 2 of the 4 entrees were cold so we sent those back. Our server was in the wrong profession, he would make a better plumber.

The bright spot was a free glass of champagne with a Spice meal. We all agreed the best meal was pasta carbanara which was on the regular menu, not spice. 


Sugarcane menu NOT signature at all and seemed to our group as food for the masses. Shame Shame.


don't agree about Kane. I had picked that out as a fave. 8 ounce filet option at no upcharge.


I was at Christy`s last night for the spice,they offer choice of rack of lamb and filet mignon WHAT ARE GREAT DEAL  

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