#MiamiSpiceMonday – RED, The Steakhouse

By Mitchell Nover

RED, The Steakhouse and I have very different interpretations of what Miami Spice should be. For me, Miami Spice is all about the simplicity of a $39 fixed price menu, featuring 3 options for 3 courses, allowing restaurants to show off their best to diners who may not normally be able to frequent them. RED, on the other hand, throws it all out there, with their rotating menu themes, multiple course options, and add-ons and upgrades galore. It’s a difference in ideology that is worlds apart, but that’s also what’s great about Miami Spice (and dining opinions, in general); at the end of the day, it’s all about the food. And, since I’m never one to pass up a good meal, I gladly accepted an invite to check out RED’s huge variety of Miami Spice menu options.

Featuring only the finest Certified Angus Beef Prime on and off the bone, RED’s menu – created by Executive Chef, Peter Vauthy – is a hybrid of classic steakhouse cuisine, fresh seasonal ingredients, and international dishes. The Miami Spice menu taps into all of these things, with weekly themed menus that include “Classic Steakhouse,” “Seafood,” “Italian,” and “Greatest Hits.” You can find anything from steak (obvi), to pasta, to salads, to seafood, and everything in between.

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The following is a brief recap of the RED, The Steakhouse Miami Spice Dinner Menus ($39+++ pp):

First Course Options:

JB’s Steak Tartare – Certified Angus Beef Prime Hand Cut Tenderloin, Shallots & Capers

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From the “Classic Steakhouse” menu, this dish is very appropriate and very good. Not overly slimy or eggy, the meat shines through and will start your Spice experience off on quite the fancy note.

House Made Meatball – Whipped Ricotta & Red Sauce

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This meatball is the real deal. First off, it’s HUGE. Second, despite its size, it’s not nearly as heavy as you’d think. From the “Italian” menu, this dish is somehow both dense and light at the same time and is a great, comforting start for the meal ahead of you.

Brad’s Stuffed Hot Peppers – House Made Sausage & “Red Lead”

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From the “Greatest Hits” menu, these stuffed peppers are no joke. The smokey homemade sausage pairs beautifully with the acidity of the tomato sauce and the spice from the peppers. Note: these puppies are quite spicy, so try not to blow out your tastebuds before the entree round.

Bacon Wrapped “Tater Tots” – Tomato Bacon Aioli

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Tator tots wrapped in bacon? Need I say more? These should be on any and every “Greatest Hits” menu.

4oz. Burrata – Heirloom Tomatoes & Aged Balsamic ($10 upgrade)

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A classic steakhouse appetizer, this appetizer option is actually available across all of RED’s Miami Spice menus. If you’re a big tomato lover, you won’t be disappointed. And the burrata is creamy and salty and delicious.

BBQ Pork Belly – Spicy BBQ Slaw ($10 upgrade)

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Another one off the “Greatest Hits” menu, these chunks of pork belly goodness come with Asian-inspired flavoring. It’s a nice change from the mostly American and Italian offerings, but this one is a little on the heavier side. It’s a good choice if you’re thinking of a lighter main course.

Flash Fried Lobster Tail – Calabrian Chilies & Garlic ($15 upgrade)

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The light fry on these lobster chunks was an unexpected surprise. For an additional $15, it’s a little much for me, but pair it with a Petit Filet for your entree and all of a sudden you’ve got a pretty reasonably priced surf & turf dinner.

Second Course Options:

Shrimp Scampi – Linguini & Garlic

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Garlicky pasta and perfectly grilled shrimp, you really can’t go wrong. This dish can be found on the “Classic Steakhouse” and “Italian” menus, so you’ve got double the chances to try it.

Flash Fried Snapper – Coconut Curry & Vegetable Slaw

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This fish dish is a nice departure from a lot of the other menu options at RED. Found on the “Seafood” menu, the flavors are way Asian and combine really well if you’re looking for a little bit of change of pace amongst your entree selections.

Lobster Fra Diavlo – Linguini & Spicy Tomato Sauce

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Another hit on the “Seafood” menu, although this could totally land on the “Italian” menu as well. And boy does it back a punch! Spicy and tomatoey and rich. If you go lighter on the apps, this dish is a good choice for a heavier entree. Just try not to fill up too much because you’ve still got dessert coming.

C.A.B. Prime Bone-In ($29 upgrade)

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This is what you came for, right? RED offers a variety of bone-in steak upgrades for $29, available on all menus. I’m generally not a huge fan of all the upgrading and add-on pricing, but if you’re a meat lover, this is still a great deal and a steal for the quality of steak you’ll be receiving.

Italian Black Truffle Risotto ($23 upgrade)

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Not a meat eater? Then, what are you doing at RED? Just kidding, there are actually a few different vegetarian options on the Miami Spice menus, and this Italian Black Truffle Risotto is one of them. Find it on the “Italian” menu, but be prepared to pay extra.

Loaded Baked Potato ($10 upgrade)

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Listed as an upgrade, this really works more as a side. A classic steakhouse choice on the “Classic Steakhouse” menu, this monster of a baked potato will guarantee your food coma. Technically, there’s no sharing of Miami Spice menus, but I’m sure you could get away with splitting this bad boy if you’re looking for a few extra carbs.

Four Cheese Macaroni & Cheese ($10 upgrade)

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OK, this is another side upgrade/add-on/whatever you want to call it. But it’s also a must order. Get one for the table, eat one on your own, do whatever you’ve gotta do, but be sure you order it. Ooey, gooey, cheesy, rich, decadent, and straight up delicious, this “Greatest Hits” menu option is 100% worth it.

Dessert Options:

Bacon Pecan Monkey Bread ($10 upgrade)
Peanut Butter Pie – Peanut Butter Mousse, Chocolate Ganache & Caramel
Beignets

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By now, you’re stuffed to the brim. I get it. But, dessert is an important part of Miami Spice, so unbutton your pants and get ready to go to town. The desserts above are all on different menus, some are upgrades, and some are included. Be sure to check the website before you go if you’re making your dining decisions #dessertfirst. My favorite? Hands down the Peanut Butter Pie.

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Mitch’s take: See how this menu can be a little daunting? It’s a lot to digest (both literally and figuratively), but what’s obvious is that Chef Vauthy is doing it all with the best intentions. Unlike other restaurants that try to skimp on portions or gouge on prices, the team at RED is just trying to give their Miami Spice guests the best possible dining experience. What I view as complicated, they view as customizable. Either way, the food is freaking outstanding. The choice is yours!

Standout dishes: All the meats! I’m generally not a huge steak guy, but when the word is a part of the restaurant’s name, it’s generally a good bet that it’s gonna be good. From the meatballs, to the pork cheeks, to the bone-in steaks, RED is really good at meat.

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