For Floridian foodies, August and September mean Miami Spice Month. Until the end of September, restaurants across Miami are offering top quality food, created by world class chefs, at greatly reduced prices. All prices are fixed for three courses, no matter where you dine, and at $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner; there are some bargains to be had.
With over 160 participating restaurants, it can be tricky to choose one. So we've put together some of our top Miami Spice picks, along with some ideas on how to link up your culinary adventures with your Miami Big Bus tour.
Top Miami Spice Restaurants
Azul, the waterfront restaurant of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, offers exquisite fine dining. French-Asian cuisine is the theme of Azul's menu and there are some interesting choices on offer as part of the Miami Spice menu. Main courses include truffled salmon and carrot and pink shrimp risotto.
From Central Station, the first stop on your Miami Big Bus Tour, you can reach Azul by public transport in 30 minutes or by taxi in just 10 minutes.
A modern mix of flavours and cuisines pervades at this stylish and romantic restaurant. Their Miami Spice Menu is available at dinner only, and has a wide range of dishes to choose from, including lobster macaroni cheese, and South Florida seafood stew. What's more, they even throw in a glass of wine or a craft beer for free.
El'Eat is a 20 minute taxi journey from Fountainbleau Miami Beach, one of the city's most architecturally significant buildings, and stop 8 on the Blue Loop.
• Icebox Cafe
Icebox Cafe focuses on fresh, quality produce – every dish is organic and they use only ethical meat. They offer their Miami Spice menus for lunch and dinner, with desserts to die for and menu choices that change daily.
Situated on Miami Beach, the Icebox Cafe is just a 25 minute walk from Old Miami Beach City Hall. This is another of Miami's architectural gems and stop 10 on the Blue Loop.
• Seasons 52
Seasons 52 is an upmarket grill and wine bar, which is offering a Miami Spice menu every day of the week, at lunch and dinner. It's a great choice for vegans and vegetarians, as separate menus are on offer – contact the restaurant directly for details.
You can reach Seasons 52 easily from Coconut Grove, the oldest neighbourhood in Miami and stop 15 on the Red Loop. Take public transport from here to the restaurant in 40-45 minutes.
Ortanique's slogan is “Cuisine of the Sun”. This family run business serves Caribbean food, and although its Miami Spice menu changes daily, you can expect such dishes as jerk chicken, corn fritters and West Indian bouillabaisse.
The restaurant is in the middle of the city, ideal for combining with the Miami Big Bus Tour. Hop-off at stop 20, Little Havana, to experience multicultural Miami at its best, before heading to Ortanique – just a 12 minute taxi ride away.