For the Foodies: Miami Spice Restaurants

Kate Markus, Life Editor

Miami Spice, a food festival that runs from August to September, offers deals on three-course meals from various participating restaurants throughout the Miami area. This special makes upscale restaurants more affordable in an effort to expand the restaurants’ customer base.

This year, more than 150 restaurants serving various cuisines are participating in Miami Spice. The roster includes some well known names: Planta Queen, Wayku, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Two Chefs and Hakkasan Miami. 

Planta Queen, with locations in both Coconut Grove and Miami Beach, is a plant-based restaurant that serves Asian cuisine. Planta’s Miami Spice menu hosts a variety of options, and includes a choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. Planta Queen remains open for both lunch and dinner all seven days of the week.

Located in Wynwood, Wayku offers Miami Spice from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.. For $42, one can choose between many appetizers, entrees and desserts for dinner, including ceviche, kanka cauliflower, bao buns and yuzu & dulce de leche chocolate cake. During brunch, those who decide to participate in Miami Spice can choose from options including avocado toast, burrata, pizza frita and “red salmon” bagels for $28. 

For those interested in steaks, Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s Miami Spice menu, available from Monday to Friday, serves as a great opportunity to order expensive steak more affordably. Offering not only steak, Ruth’s Chris also serves barbecued shrimp, caesar salad, stuffed chicken breast and a choice of either bread pudding or fresh berries for dessert. 

Two Chefs, a Miami classic, offers many lunch options with a variety of prices depending on the dish. With one of the broader menus for Miami Spice, Two Chefs has choices ranging from salads, flatbreads, sandwiches, larger plates, sides and desserts. Some of the more popular dishes include baked onion soup, grilled salmon sandwich, escargot pot pie and potato croquettes. They also offer a $28 per person three-course meal for dinner.

In the Fontainebleau hotel on Miami Beach, one can make a reservation to dine at Hakkasan. Hakkasan offers Miami Spice on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Some of the featured menu items are crispy almond prawn, dim sum basket, crispy orange chicken and mango custard. Hakkasan also provides vegetarian options on their Miami Spice menu, such as green salad with mango in plum dressing, stir-fried black pepper vegetarian chicken and more.