Local Eats: Miami Spice 2013 Restaurant Picks

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It’s no secret that Miami really likes things flashy, glitzy and always over the top. Mediocrity does not stand a chance, so when the time for restaurant weeks in NYC and L.A. started rolling around, Miami naturally stepped it up a notch. Miami Spice was South Florida’s culinary answer, and it’s not only ONE week of discounted dishes at the best restaurants in the city, but TWO months!

From August 1 through September 30, 199 restaurants in Miami and Miami Beach have joined forces to offer special menus, ranging from $19-$23 for 3 course lunches and $33-$39 for 3 course dinners. We picked some of the restaurants we feel are serving the freshest and most exciting takes on Latin cuisine, so take a look and buen provecho!


El Chaman
14241 SW 42nd Street

El Chaman is one of the premier Miami restaurants serving Peruvian fusion in a beautiful ambience. Chef Walter Kopp makes sure to present each dish like a work of art and from Wednesday through Sundays, you can enjoy the fully discounted menu. For lunch, try a traditional ceviche de pescado and some alfajorsitos. The dinner menu includes Spanish piquillo peppers filled with ground lamb & pork to a delectable seafood risotto. FULL MENU HERE.
Mexzican Gourmet
5904 S. Dixie Highway
Mexzican Gourmet is the brain-child of Mexican Chef Ze Carlos Jimenez, who boldly proclaims his first love is “the creation of Mexican gourmet cuisine,” so you know you’re in for quite a treat. You can enjoy 30-50% off of their original menu prices for lunch and dinner, which include the classics- queso fundido, ceviche verde, chile rellenos and all the goodies in between.  FULL MENU HERE.
2550 NW 2nd Avenue

If you’re a foodie AND an art lover, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is your perfect destination. Chef Miguel Aguilar’s trendy Latin fusion cuisine allows diners to mix and match dishes to your wish. And while you’re noshing on your choices of gazpacho or adobo-rubbed grilled chicken, your eyes can feast on collage murals, sculptures, and the Wynwood Walls which decorate the exciting space in one of the most exciting neighborhoods of Miami. FULL MENU HERE.
1762 Coral Way
Casabe 305 Bistro is hidden in Coral Gables behind a beautiful, country house facade. But behind its doors, Casabe is an exciting and fresh Venezuelan/Latin fusion bistro, serving healthy dishes prepared by Chef Diego Texera. The indoor area looks and feels like you’re at a friend’s home, making the dining experience that much more unique. Casabe currently only offers dinner menus, and you can try some dishes including grilled mahi and tostones rusos with caviar!  FULL MENU HERE.

501 Lincoln Road
YUCA is an acronym of Young, Urban, Cuban-Americans and is widely known as being the first restaurant serving upscale “Nuevo Latino” cuisine. You can enjoy the sights of Lincoln Road while choosing some croquetas de bacalao, arroz imperial, vaca frita, and finishing with some tres leches de chocolate for dessert!  FULL MENU HERE.
1400 20th Street
Barceloneta comes from local Puerto Rican chef, Juliana Gonzalez, who wanted to share her love for the culture of tapas cuisine in Madrid and Barcelona.The bistro is an intimate place where diners enjoy hand crafted tapas, speciality cocktails and beers, plus plenty of nights of live flamenco entertainment.Menu features escargot, calamari, chorizo , patatas bravas and much more!  FULL MENU HERE.
1450 Brickell Avenue
With a name like Perfecto, this Spanish style gastrobar in Brickell has a lot to prove. And after looking at the ambience, decor, and incredible menu, we have a feeling it is going to deliver. The food puts a modern touch of flavors to traditional tapas, creating one of the most unique Spanish dining experiences in Miami. Stand out dishes include Salmon a la Parilla, roasted chicken croqueta, langostinos, and Sangria infused watermelon!  FULL MENU HERE.