Michelin Meets Miami Spice

It’s that time of year again! Time to get your Foodie vibe on and try restaurants you can’t normally afford during the two months of Miami Spice, starting today. Miami Spice runs from August 1st to September 30th and features a three course, prix-fixe meal for lunches, brunches and dinners. Things are a little different this year, as dinners have two different prices ($45 and $60) available.

This addition of two price points for dinner occurred “to maintain the programs commitment to value and allow a greater number of restaurants to participate.” I think it’s a good idea, since sometimes the Miami Spice menus devolved to boring salad, chicken breast and ice cream options, in what seems like an attempt to save money, but still participate in the program. I think adding a higher price point for dinner will allow restaurants to stay true to their vision and offer more creative and enticing meals.

So, having said that, the other news that was big for Foodies in Miami were the Michelin Star awards, given earlier this year. Since Foodie in Miami is anxious to try some of these award-winning restaurants out, this article will present where the Michelin Star, Michelin Bib Gourmand and Michelin Point of View restaurants intersect. I am presenting these options to you as they are. To look at the menus, addresses and days available, go to the Miami Spice website- https://www.miamiandbeaches.com/miami-spice/restaurants.

The only restaurant with one Michelin Star participating in Miami Spice is:

  • Cote Miami. $28 Lunch

There are three Bib Gourmand Michelin restaurants on the Miami Spice rotation this year. The Bib Gourmand is awarded to “friendly establishments that serve good food at reasonable prices.” And they offer even more reasonable prices during Miami Spice.

  • Chug’s Diner. $28 Lunch, $45 Dinner.
  • Michael’s Genuine. $45 Dinner.
  • Red Rooster. $28 Lunch, $45 Dinner.

I had a hard time finding out what the Michelin “Point of View” award means, but on the Miami Spice website it notes “Michelin approved” on these restaurants, so that’s good enough for me. There is the biggest variety available for this category, with eleven restaurants awarded the Point of View.

  • Cafe La Trova. $45 Dinner.
  • LEKU at Rubell Museum. $28 Lunch, $45/$60 Dinner.
  • KYU. $28 Lunch, $60 Dinner.
  • Hoja Taqueria. $28 Lunch, $45 Dinner.
  • Hakkasan. $45 Dinner.
  • Los Fuegos. $60 Dinner.
  • Mignonette. $60 Dinner.
  • MILA. $60 Dinner.
  • Nave. $28 Brunch, $60 Dinner.
  • Orno. $60 Dinner.
  • Pao by Paul Qui. $60 Dinner
  • Tigre. $60 Dinner.

Of these restaurants, I ate at Nave for Miami Spice last year and had an excellent meal. My one time at KYU (many years ago), I loved it and would like to go back. I would also like to return to Michael’s Genuine, since it has been recently revamped, with a new menu. I would like to try the one-star Cote for lunch and have always wanted to try Pao by Paul Qui and visit the Faena, so that is on my wish list as well.

Miami Spicers- on your mark, get set, go! Only two months to try as many restaurants on YOUR wish list as possible! What’s on YOUR wish list for Miami Spice? Leave a comment of your top three restaurants below.

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Published by gleeguilford

Born and raised in Miami, the daughter of a pilot and stay-at-home Mom, I love food in all forms. My great grandfather opened the first Italian restaurant in Miami in the 20's, The Boathouse on the Miami river. I love exploring my heritage and linking food and recipes to personal stories. I've been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love and wrote restaurant reviews and news as the Miami Dining Examiner for three years. I love exploring Miami's latest hot spots, hole in the walls and institutions. I'm always looking for innovative ways to use the plethora of tropical fruits and vegetables South Florida offers, especially from my own garden.

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