Miami Spice Summer Seafood: Where To Get Ocean Delicacies at a Discount
Miamians are fortunate enough to have access to fresh seafood year-round, but when summer hits, the need for light, refreshing fish and shellfish becomes almost a necessity. We rather munch down on ceviche and shrimp cocktails than baby back ribs and baked potatoes when the temperature hits 90 degrees -- let's not even mention the humidity.
Via Flickr Dinner Series Nothing satisfies in summer like fresh, Florida seafood.
Also, luckily enough, we're blessed enough to have Miami Spice. The two-month event provides reasonably priced prix-fixe menus at restaurants all across Miami -- at a really heavy discount. Considering the summer season and the fact that Miami Spice kicked off last week, we put together a round up of where to get your seafood fix without losing your shirt.
Photo by Robin Hill Sautéed yellow tail snapper at Fish Fish.
One of the reasons for Fish Fish making the cut is that it's a new restaurant. We haven't tried it yet, but the fact that it is owned by a couple of fishing and boating enthusiasts whose kitchen is helmed by a chef who grew up on a sustainable farm has piqued our interest. Also, Fish Fish offers several seafood options on its Miami Spice dinner menu. You can start off with a fresh, made from scratch traditional New England clam chowder and follow that up with your choice of fish and chips, hand-battered day boat Icelandic cod, served with house-made lime aioli, English mushy peas and hand-cut steak fries; sautéed yellow tail snapper, served with the chef's signature key lime butter sauce over lemon grass scented Basmati rice; or shrimp and linguini with a white wine, garlic butter sauce.
Red Fish Grill
We've heard nothing but good things about this seafood restaurant located in Matheson Hammock Park on Biscayne Bay, plus its a great choice for fine dining in the South Miami area and offers waterfront dining in an area where it's hard to find. Also, its Miami Spice dinner menu offers a veritable cornucopia of seafood selections. Appetizer options include jalea mixta, consisting of fried fish and calamari with pickled onions, fresh corn, and jalapeño cream; as well as a sour watermelon shrimp ceviche made with Thai basil, micro cilantro, red onion, Thai chili cream, and cashews. Choose from three seafood dishes as your main course: spiced mahi mahi served with pineapple salsa and sweet plantain purée; grilled salmon served with lemon orzo, green peas, grape tomatoes, and saffron aioli; or a Caribbean bouillabaisse with jumbo shrimp, mussels, scallops, and the catch of the day.
13488 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL
3451 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL
9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL
4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove, FL
721 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL
5556 NE 4th Court, Miami, FL