What We Liked About Miami Spice Restaurant Menus


The interior of Byblos on Miami Beach.


Just like shopping for groceries and literally everything else besides breathing, eating out has gotten more expensive in 2022 — which means Miami Spice is starting at the perfect time.

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual promotion runs in August and September and offers diners the chance to try local restaurants at a discount before the hordes of tourists arrive in the fall. It’s also a way for restaurants to stay busy during the long, hot, slow summer.

This year, the Spice offers several choices of three-course meals with an appetizer, main course and dessert: lunch or brunch at $28 and two dinner options at $45 and $60.

Are you saying $60 per person for dinner isn’t cheap? Well, no, it’s not, especially considering the price of a drink and parking. But it’s cheaper than if you try to eat at the same place in October.

Not all restaurants offer all three meals and Spice menus are subject to change during the promotion. Here are the restaurants we visited during Miami Spice previews and what it was like to eat there. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit www.miamiandbeaches.com.

Connie Ogle loves wine, books and the Miami Heat. Please don’t feed him a mango.

Miami Herald editor Carlos Frías is a two-time James Beard Award winner, including the 2022 Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award for engaging the community in his writing about food. Originally from Miami, he is also the author of the memoir “Take Me With You: A Secret Search for Family in a Forbidden Cuba”.

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