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The Great of Miami Spice 2014, Part Two

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Courtesy of the Genuine Hospitality Group
Don't miss Michael Schwartz's most refined fare this spice.
Miami Spice's can't miss menus have two things in common: value and creativity. They offer interesting ingredients in combinations that make you eager to learn more and share them with friends. They're also a steal.

You're looking for good range of selections at restaurants where a single course can run the same as an entire spice menu. The more the restaurant can stretch $23 at lunch and $39 at dinner, the more they deserve your attention and support.

See also: The Good of Miami Spice 2014, Part One

There are also the occasional gems that take the menu beyond three courses, and offer as many as four, five, or six for the entire table to share. If you can find a menu that includes a complimentary cocktail or glass of wine -- a rare creature this year -- you've hit the mother lode.

Hakkasan
During both dinner and weekend dim sum lunch, Hakkasan proffers a torrent of refined Chinese fare. The menu features "and" where most spice menus offer "or," like braised beef with spicy sesame sauce and crispy snapper with sweet and sour sauce. Lunch is also a steal with a flurry of dim sum that includes dumplings, noodles and grilled meats. Available for lunch Saturday and Sunday; dinner Sunday through Thursday.

Azul
Only one entrée on the regular menu at the Mandarin Oriental's temple of fine dining is less than $40. During Miami Spice you can get three courses for the cost of the "Loup de Mer" and choices include "steak and eggs" tartare, beet root vichyssoise with lobster, and Key West pink shrimp risotto. Available for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Location Info

Azul Restaurant

500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pubbelly

1418 20th St., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante

1801 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Hakkasan

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Essensia Restaurant at the Palms Hotel & Spa

3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

J&G Grill

9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL

Category: Restaurant

City Hall Restaurant

2004 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Cypress Room

3620 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Cecconi's Miami Beach

4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

DB Bistro Moderne

255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

L'echon Brasserie

6261 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


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10 comments
butler1mike
butler1mike

I tried L'Echon Brasserie and it is NOT worth the Miami Spice dinner. I'll agree that the wine flights is worth the $20, but you can order off the a la carte menu for less than the Miami Spice menu. And the food doesn't live up to the Pubbelly name.

ZachF2
ZachF2

@butler1mike Duly noted. Thanks.

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