Cures for the post Miami Spice Blues

For those mourning the end of Miami Spice, there’s still plenty of opportunities to get deals at some of South Florida’s top eateries. Here are some of my favorites:

Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club (Miami Beach)
The hotel has recently launched a number of discounted F&B options. Cadillac is now offering several specials across their three dining concepts – Lobby Bar, Bungalow by the Sea, and Donna Mare Trattoria.

Donna Mare:
– Every Tuesday is Pasta Night (All pastas 50 percent off)
– Every Wednesday is Pizza Night (All pizzas 50 percent)
– Every Friday is Wine Night (certain wine bottles 50 percent off)
• $5 Rosé glasses during happy hours
• Free Appetizer of their choice when purchasing a Rosé bottle
*Appetizers include:
Donna Mare
• Wood Oven Bruschetta
• Burrata
• Cerignola Mixed Olives
• Eggplant Parmesan
Bungalow by the Sea
• Tuna Poke Nachos
• Crispy Calamari
• Baja Guacamole
• Crudites + Hummus
Lobby Bar
• Burrata, Tomato & Basil
• Mixed Olives
• Bruschetta
• Margherita Pizza

Photo Credit: Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club

Habitat at 1 Hotel South Beach (South Beach)
Ask your server to see our Chef’s Choice menu to try newly appointed Executive Chef Thanawat Bate’s dishes with Estrella beer pairing. Chef’s Choice is an annual, month-long dining event taking place throughout October. Chef Thanawat has created a two-course, prix fixe menu with dishes including a Lamb Tartare with an Eggplant Tapenade, inspired by Estrella Damm Beer. Prix fixe menu is $46 pp and includes appetizer, entree and an Estrella Damm beer.

Credit: 1 Hotel South Beach

Restaurant: Diez y Seis (South Beach)
Details: My favorite SoBe Mexican eatery led by renowned Chef Jose Icardi and located within the iconic Shore Club South Beach, has new menus – lunch, dinner, brunch and cocktail (plus a Mezcal cart) – as well as the all new “Diez y Seis Experience.” Priced at $50, the hand-picked, four course prix-fixe Chef’s tasting menu, pays homage to Mexico’s culinary contribution with an added twist on the classics. Featuring the menu’s most authentic dishes such as specialty tacos, aguachiles and salsas

Photo Credit: Shore Club

Bulla Gastrobar (Coral Gables)

Bulla Gastrobar has a prix-fixe lunch every weekday, withsignature items such as Croquetas de Jamon, Huevos ‘Bulla,‘ Arroz a la Cubana, and Tortilla Española. The prix-fixe lunch menu options include a two-course menu for $19 or a three-course menu (with dessert) for $24.

Credits: Bulla Gastrobar


Bakan Wynwood
Details: Bakan, a Mexican-inspired hotspot, gives guests new ways to continue savoring the menu post-Miami Spice: Comida Corrida is a three-course lunch menu that combines the authentic flavors the Wynwood outpost is known for, along a weekday lunch. Available weekdays from noon until 3 p.m., Bakan introduces new dishes, along with crowd favorites, to the Comida Corrida menu. The menu features selected soups and salads, followed by a choice of the Ensaladas (Mexicana and Caesar) a la Leña, cooked over oak and cherry wood, Carnitas Prensadas Tacos served atop the signature house-made blue corn tortillas, Enchiladas and more. The third and final course of Comida Corrida ends on a sweet note with the Flan or Paletas, made fresh daily. The menu is priced at $20 and guests can add on a beer or a glass of wine for an additional $5. Available Monday through Friday 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The Deck at Island Gardens (Downtown Miami)
The waterfront restaurant has launched a new “Golden Hour” happy hour. Available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday, guests can enjoy $2 oysters shucked to order with a selection of toppings and specially priced Champagne Taittinger bubbly as they await to watch the sunset.
Timing: Thurs-Saturday; 6-8 pm

Photo Credit: The Deck at Island Gardens

Katsuya Brickell (Downtown Miiami)

Get a taste of Katsuya Brickell’s innovative menu through its newly launched prix-fixe executive lunch special – a three-course tasting menu that includes signature dishes such as the Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, Rock Shrimp Tempura, Beef Short Ribs and Miso-Glazed Black Cod. For guests who are gluten-free and vegan, Katsuya has prepared a menu with alternative items that is available upon request. No meal is complete without dessert, so be sure to order some ice cream to wrap up your meal. For those who don’t have a sweet tooth, Katsuya is offering a selection of coffee as part of the Executive lunch menu. Katsuya’s Executive lunch menu will be offered seven days a week for $25 per person.

Photo Credit: Katsuya

Komodo (Downtown Miami)
David Grutman’s celeb hotspot has unveiled a new prix-fixe dim sum lunch. The three-course menu features a selection of signature Komodo starters and a variety of dim sum made with oxtail, mushroom and truffle, chicken and foie gras, and tiger shrimp, to name a few. The menu offered during lunch from Monday – Thursday at $26 per person.

Photo Credit: Groot Hospitality

Pisco y Nazca (Doral)
You can’t do Miami without a visit to Pisco y Nazca. Every year, its executive chefs take trip to Peru to research ingredients and study new and traditional culinary techniques – using their newfound knowledge to come up with some amazing dishes. This Fall’s menu includes new dishes such as the hearty Chupe de Camarones, a creamy shrimp chowder with queso fresco, thai mint, huacatay, and a poached egg; or the refreshing Ceviche de Pulpo, made with octopus, leche de tigre, botija olive mayo, avocado and aji limo, and much more. Pair these with some themed cocktails like the Apple Cinnamon Chilcano or the Pumpkin Pisco Sour. Just make sure you leave room for dessert, because you can’t miss the new TRN to LIM dessert, a passion fruit Panna cotta, with passion fruit gelée, coconut whipped cream and pineapple chips, it’s the perfect Italian/Peruvian fusion.


Photo Credit: Pisco y Nazca

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