Miami Spice Monday – Villa Azur

By Mitchell Nover

One of the (many) reasons I love the Miami Spice program is that it gives Miami foodies permission to step out of their comfort zones and experience restaurants that they might not visit on a regular basis. Once you break down the wall of price obstacles, suddenly other taboos fall by the wayside as well. Such is the case with my recent trip to Villa Azur (309 23rd St, Miami Beach). The chic French-Mediterranean restaurant and lounge is a place where people go to see and be seen, and that, in general, is not my regular scene. However, emboldened by my new Spice season sensibilities, I decided to give Villa Azur a shot, even if only for the people-watching.

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Miami Spice Monday: Lure Fishbar

By Santi Cardona 

Lure Fishbar (1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach), located inside the Loews Hotel, is a classic South Beach seafood restaurant that has made a name for itself by serving approachable, quality food. While the dishes are normally not too inventive, the ingredients are procured from incredible sources, making for overall delectable dishes. I can say from personal experience that there are few restaurants in the area quite as consistent as this one, and it is one that I enjoy making a visit to on a consistent basis.

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Miami Spice Monday: The Restaurant at The Raleigh

By Melanie Galarce

The restaurant at the famed Raleigh Hotel on South Beach lets you indulge in a modern American menu that’s, in part, inspired by the rich history of the hotel. Defined by its Art Deco style, the hotel feels like you’ve stepped back in time offering the nostalgia of the ’20s with a modern twist that feels cool and relevant. The Restaurant at The Raleigh (1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) does an excellent job at complementing the iconic vibe and lush feel of this legendary hotel.

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Miami Spice Monday: Gili’s Beach Club

By Mitchell Nover

Gili’s Beach Club (18001 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach) is not your typical casual beachfront eatery. Serving up sophisticated Mediterranean-inspired fare like whole grilled fish, grilled lobster tail, and paella, the restaurant foregoes the the typical fried offerings that have, for some reason, become so popular on the sand. Making meals even more interactive, Gili’s features a “Lava Stone Experience” menu where guests grill their own food the table on a scorching 700-degree lava stone.

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Miami Spice Monday: BLT Prime

By Mitchell Nover

What’s in a name? Unfortunately for BLT Prime (4400 NW 87th Ave, Doral) it means an affiliation with a certain President of the United States thanks to its location inside the &@%!# National Doral Miami hotel. Despite the name on the outside of the building, however, nothing comes between me and a good meal. So based on Mel’s recommendation from last year, I ventured into enemy territory to give it a try.

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Miami Spice Monday: La Mar by Gaston Acurio

By Sophia Costabal

I have to start off by saying that I am a sucker for Peruvian food. There is something about the combinations of flavors and the heaping amounts of citrus in that cuisine that really tickles my taste buds. So, naturally, when I found out that I would be heading to La Mar (500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami) to get a first-hand look at their Miami Spice menu, I giggled like a little 9-year-old girl that has just found out she’s going to Disney to eat a Micky Mouse Ice Cream Sandwich (Me as a little girl. True Story).

Five of Chef Diego Oka’s culinary masterpiece creations in one night? Stick a Peruvian fork in me because I’m done. Literally. I didn’t even have room to eat the glorious dessert (in its entirety). Nine year old me would have been disappointed.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – PB Station

By Mitchell Nover

Reason 3,582 I love Miami Spice: it’s the perfect excuse to finally check out some new restaurants around town. The guaranteed three courses at a fixed price means that, if you go with a few friends, you can basically sample the entire menu for a fraction of the cost. It’s a great way to make a first impression. Such was my experience with my recent visit to PB Station at the Langford Hotel downtown.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – The Restaurant at the Setai

When we heard late last week that executive chef of The Restaurant at the Setai and recent Chopped champion, Mathias Gervais, had announced Jaya, a new pan-Asian restaurant concept coming to the Setai this fall, things started to finally make sense. I say this because when I ventured over to The Setai to check out The Restaurant’s Miami Spice menu, the Asian-inspired offerings had no relation whatsoever to regular menu, considering it is described as featuring “various cuisines and traditional flavors of Europe’s ‘Sun Coast,’ inclusive of the Mediterranean regions of Spain, Italy, the South of France and Provence.”

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – The River Oyster Bar

Happy #MiamiSpiceMonday! After taking last week off for Labor Day, we’re back to share another Miami Spice experience to help you in your decision making during these last couple weeks of Miami Spice.

This week we’re visiting The River Oyster Bar, a Miami mainstay that has proven to be a survivor amidst the current craziness that is the Brickell City Center development. Through almost three years of intensive construction, street closures, and landscape altering conditions, The River Oyster Bar has stood its ground continuing to serve loyal patrons 7-days a week, and, yes, that includes their Miami Spice menu.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – Kebo

One of the best things about the Miami Spice program is that it gives diners a reason to explore some of the city’s culinary offerings that they may not choose under normal circumstances. Some people lean towards high-end restaurants that regularly seem out of reach, some go for new restaurants just joining the local food scene, some try cuisines that are out of there comfort zone, and some are intrigued by the restaurants they’ve never heard of.

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