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Get Spicy with Miami Spice 2011

by Sheri Elfman
Friday Jul 29, 2011

Foodies, take note: it's Miami Spice time again! From August 1 through September 30, you can dine like a queen but pay like a pauper when some of Miami's chicest establishments offer three course meals for $22 (lunch) and $35 (dinner).

Since Miami has become quite the dining destination, you know that some of the glammest restaurants will be a part of this event. These include SushiSamba Dromo, Mr. Chow, Michy's, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Makoto, Meat Market, Blue Door at Delano and many, many more.

The participating restaurants are listed online at and each one is listing a special menu of signature dishes for the event.

The website splits the list of restaurants up by area - Miami Beach/South Beach, Mainland North (Aventura, Design District, etc), Mainland South (Brickell, Coconut Grove, etc) and Northern Beaches (Bal Harbour, Sunny Isles Beach). Here are a few places who are participating on this exciting annual event:

Blue Door at Delano Hotel
1685 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Blue Door is one of most famous restaurants in South Beach, partly because it was once co-owned by Madonna, and partly because of its gorgeous décor and extravagant menu. You can enjoy modern French cuisine with Brazilian and global influences at Blue Door.

China Grill South Beach
404 Washington Avenue at Fifth St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Delicious Pan-Asian dishes await you at China Grill South Beach. The incredible ambiance of the restaurant and their Asian Pear Martinis make China Grill a fabulous place to try. Plus their meals are served family-style, so be prepared to share!

Mr. Chow
W Hotel
2201 Collins Avenue
South Beach, FL 33139

The famous Mr. Chow opened in the W South Beach in 2009. Chef Xiao Leo Shao is known in China as one of the most talented chefs of his generation and he offers high-end Chinese dishes. The dining room at Mr. Chow features a 123-foot gold leaf and Swarovski crystal chandelier designed by Michael Chow and must be seen to be believed.

9700 Collins Avenue #107
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
305- 864-8600

Makoto is restauranteur's Stephen Starr's newest Japanese restaurant. Located in the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops, its the place to go for modern Japanese dishes and sushi prepared by Chef Makoto Okuwa (formerly the Executive Chef at Morimoto).

Meat Market
915 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

The participating restaurants are listed online at and each one is listing a special menu of signature dishes for the event.

Known as a sexier take on the traditional steakhouse, Meat Market specializes in meat and seafood and features a Crudo Bar serving fresh tiraditos and a bar that specializes in unique cocktails.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
130 Northeast 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink has been mentioned numerous times on the Food Network and is lauded for its unique, fresh dishes and it's amazing brunch which features homemade pop tarts on the menu!

At Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, we are passionate about everything to do with food-from the growing and harvesting, to the preparation, serving, and eating. Our menus change daily because they start with what's in season and arriving on our doorstep from local farmers, fishermen, ranchers, and artisans. From there, it's about letting the ingredients speak for themselves when they hit the table.

6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138

Owned by Michelle Bernstein, a frequent guest on "Top Chef" and host of "Check, Please" on PBS, Michy's offers chic comfort food. It's participation in Miami Spice gives you a chance to try dishes from Miami's most famous chef.

Rosa Mexicano
1111 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Rosa Mexicano offers award-winning dishes based in tradition with innovative regional accents. They offer upscale Mexican dishes plus unique drinks like Pomengranate Margaritas!

Smith & Wollensky
1 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Smith & Wollensky's waterfront location offers fantastic views of the downtown Miami skyline. Known for being luxurious, the establishment offers a waterfront café, outdoor patio, two floors of restaurant seating, their cool Deco bar - and of course, sensational dishes. The restaurant is known for their amazing steaks.

600 Lincoln Rd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 673-5337

The well-known SushiSamba Dromo not only stands out for its colorful, modern look, it also stands out for its menu, which is influenced by Japan, Brazil and Peru! Located on Lincoln Road, it's a great place to see and be seen.

Now is the perfect time to indulge in any of these amazing, well-known establishments. Go get dressed up in your chicest outfit and head to Miami!

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