It’s that time of year again. Miami Spice 2009 kicks off this Saturday, August 1 with about 100 restaurants offering three-course lunch and/or dinner menus for $22 and $35 plus tax and gratuity.
Once upon a time, I looked forward to this time of year, especially in earlier days when Miami Spice was a chance for me to try restaurants I couldn’t afford at the time, and when it seemed as if many of the restaurants put a little more effort into showcasing their food on the Spice menus. I still fondly remember a Miami Spice dinner I had at The Grill at the Setai as a wonderful dining experience. But now, with the seemingly growing popularity of prix fixe menu events at Miami restaurants, Miami Spice doesn’t seem as special as it once was. Still, I’m always up for making at least one Miami Spice excursion.
Here’s my short list so far (note that not all menus have been posted to the website):
Because I’m not one to dine at steakhouses and this is the perfect excuse to try a new one … BLT Steak
– House-Made Ricotta Gnudi, Aged Parmegiano Reggiano, Lemon-Creme Fraiche
– Crispy Pork-Watermelon Salad, Marinated Tomatoes, Scallions, Soy-Lime Vinaigrette
– Citrus Marinated Flap Steak 8oz., Smoked Cipollini, Fleur de Sel
– Pan Roasted Local Black Grouper, Charred Summer Apricots, Sage-Brown Butter
– New York-Ricotta Cheesecake, Watermelon-Basil Chilled Soup
– Coffee Pot de Creme, Pistachio Ice Cream, Candied Orange
Because I don’t seem to make my way there often enough — and the menu looks great …Michy’s
– Watermelon greek, french feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, Zahtar, red wine vinaigrette
– Creamy polenta and truffle poached egg, crispy bacon
– Pork belly, nectarines , basil, star anise
– Chilled beet soup, caraway, dill, crème fraiche, pickled onions
– Grilled short rib of beef, green tomato slaw, gremolata
– Seared salmon, roast and raw beets, farro, oranges, saffron nage
– Fettucine carbonara “my way,” English peas, pancetta, speck, melting St. Andre, crispy jamon serrano
– Yellowtail braised in malaysian curry, mango, sticky rice, heart of palm stew
– Upside down nectarine cake, fresh lavander cream
– Michy’s bread pudding
– Summer fruit salad, daily granita, mint and basil
Because I want to see what all the fuss is about … Scarpetta
– Raw Yellowtail – olio di zenzero, marinated onions & baby greens
– Creamy Polenta – fricasse of truffled mushrooms
– Braised Short Ribs of Beef – vegetable & farro risotto
– Spaghetti tomato & basil
– Black Cod, concentrated tomatoes & roasted fennel
– Roasted baby chicken, creamy orzo, parsnip puree, fegato sauce & almonds
– Amedei chocolate cake, toasted almond gelato & salted caramel sauce
– Coconut panna cotta, caramelized pineapple & guava “soup”
*Note: Valet parking at Scarpetta is complimentary during Miami Spice with validation at the restaurant.
Others I may like to try but don’t have menus posted yet include Petit Rouge, Au Pied de Cochon, and Hakkasan. I was interested in Eos but they’re only doing lunch and the menu doesn’t look too interesting.
So, how about you? Are you doing Miami Spice this year?