One of Miami’s most anticipated summer deals is back. Starting Aug. 1, the promotion known as Miami Spice will offer three-course meals at discounted prices (lunch for $19 to $23, dinner for $33 to $39) at the city’s hottest restaurants. Which begs the question: Isn’t it time you discovered a new favorite?
Tongue & Cheek
When you hear “tongue & cheek,” you’re ready for something fun and nothing too serious. That is exactly what Michael Reginbogin and chef Jamie DeRosa had in mind with their aptly named restaurant. For their first joint venture, the two hospitality veterans put almost $1 million into creating the perfect space. Boasting décor that can only be described as whimsical, the restaurant welcomes patrons with signature dishes like fried chicken with pickled red cabbage, Tabasco Hollandaise and buttermilk biscuit. Open for dinner only. 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.704.2900, tandcmiami.com
New York concepts can be tough in Miami. Many succeed and just as many fail. Catch is in the former category. Top Chef champion Hung Huynh has crafted a seafood menu that’s hard to beat. His delectable selection of small plates is perfect for sharing with that special someone. Open for dinner only. 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.224.7200, emmgrp.com
At Dolce, Executive Chef Pablo Dorigato does The Boot proud with his efforts in the kitchen. His carb indulgences run the gamut from hand-rolled pasta dishes to thin-crust pizza with just the right amount of sauce. Throw in a hearty dose of people-watching and you can’t go wrong. Open for dinner only. 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.975.2550, dolceitalianrestaurant.com
Andreas Schreiner, Sergio Navarro and Jose Mendin have had the Midas touch when it comes to restaurants since they opened Pubbelly some years back. Their most recent establishment holds up the excellence. At PB Steak, they keep it classic with a vast array of small dishes, comfort classics like mac and cheese and a 20-ounce cowboy steak that would make any carnivore cry. Open for lunch and dinner. 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305.695.9550, pbsteak.com
Just across the street from the mighty (and pricey) Setai, Charles St. dazzles with its low-key approach. This place has “neighborhood favorite” written all over it thanks to a menu by chef Wolfgang Birk that embraces high-quality, affordable fare. Small dishes abound here, but those not shy of appetite will also find bountiful specialties like roasted chicken and baby-back ribs as well. Plus: specialty craft cocktails and a broad selection of wines. Open for lunch and dinner. 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.763.8983, charlesstmiami.com