I was delirious when I imagined I could get to a few dozen Spice restaurants during Miami Spice.
I’ve gained 7 pounds since the beginning of August. OK, I admit every single meal that I’ve tasted since the beginning of this 2016 Spice adventure has been beyond delicious. I can also truly declare that I carry those extra, well-enjoyed pounds as a badge of honor. I’ll have to seriously starve myself for the first few weeks of October. However I am presently enjoying every $23 lunch and $39 dinner.
As some of you know, serving yummy meals during the previous Spice years has not always been the case. In the past, a good number of eateries on the Spice list have used skimpy ingredients mixed with an abundance of carbohydrates. That bad habit seems to have been corrected.
The wait staff at each of the following restaurants has surpassed attentive professionalism. The menu items have been varied and exciting. The ambience in each of the places is innovative, sparkling and welcoming.
Now let’s see, if I can eat three lunches and three dinners per day for the next 37 days, I will have almost eaten at every place on the Miami Spice list. I am delirious.
So far: Pinch Kitchen, Vagabond Bar & Kitchen, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Milos, 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant and Byblos Shorecrest have served delectable meals.
Pinch Kitchen, 8601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 33138, 305.631.2018. Well choosen Spice meals plus Wine Wednesdays at 50% off and 20% off select bottles, (dinner only).
Vagabond Kitchen & Bar, 7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 33138. Charming, comfort menu. Visit: vagabondkitchenand bar.com, (dinner only).
Morton’s The Steakhouse, 17399 Biscayne Blvd., 305 945.3131, (dinner only). Additionally Bar Bites at 5:00 p.m., beers at $5.50, wines at $7.50, cocktails at $8.50.
Estiatorio MILOS, 739 1st St., Miami Beach. Fish is flown in daily from Greek waters. Valet parking. 305.604.6800.
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, Lounge & Events, 1395 N.W. 57th Ave., Miami, 33126. Besides a self-serve lunch counter, watch planes take off and land from the Miami International Airport at your ring side window seats. 305.261.4220.
Byblos Shorecrest, 1535 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 33139. Luscious, extensive variety of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean delicacies, (dinner only). 305.508.5041.