Miami Spice, presented by American Express, has officially been underway for two weeks now. This is the best two month period for all foodies in Miami. Throughout August and September, Miamians can Marinate Miami by enjoying a delicious three-course meal in a plethora of Miami’s greatest restaurants. It truly is an opportunity to showcase the various cuisines the melting pot we call home has to offer. This year Miami Spice organizers introduced levels of dining – luxury and fine dining for both lunch and dinner. Lunch at a fine dining restaurant will cost you $19 whereas, lunch at a luxury dining establishment will cost you $23. Dinner is $33 and $39, respectively. While it’s interesting to see the distinction between the “levels” (I can go on and on about that point alone), it’s still quite the bargain! But what do you think? Is Miami Spice still as spicy as we all crave? Here’s what I think is hot, medium and mild of the spiciest ticket in town.
What’shot?It’s an amazing deal. At some of the participating restaurants an entree alone will cost you over $30 so a three course meal for $33 or $39 (for dinner) at most of the venues is a great way to immerse yourself in some fantastic cuisines that you may otherwise be hesitant to try. I’m not saying only good things come with a hefty price tag but sometimes you’re just not paying for quality, you’re paying for an experience. At $39, it’s quite an inexpensive experience that will keep not only you tummy but pocketbook full.
What’s medium? This one is mostly for chefs and restauranteurs. While most restaurants want you to get a small taste of everything, some restaurants take the “small taste” concept a bit too literal. Unfortunately, there are some restaurants (you know who you are) that skimp a wee-bit on the portions. I understand there is overhead and bottom lines to focus on no matter what the event or season but let’s be real, your bottom line should be a happy consumer. Every person walking through your doors is a potential client and referral. While we like to think people that don’t come in is because it’s not their style, not their type of food, or they just haven’t heard of you yet – I don’t think it’s the case. Do all those reasons have something to do with it? Sure, but you’re in Miami. Good news travels fast but bad news travels faster. Don’t be penny wise, dollar foolish. Give your customers what they came in for – an amazing dining experience at an affordable price. I promise you, you’ll gain not one but a handful more patrons from one full-sized experience.
What‘s mild? It only lasts for two months! There are so many different options to choose from, including some restaurants that change up the menu, that there is only so many places to try in 8 short weeks. I suppose you can go out to eat every night but then it would get pricey. I shouldn’t complain though at least our foodie adventures last 8 weeks as opposed to New York’s short 7 day Restaurant Week!
Don’t forget to drop me a line and let me know what you think about Miami Spice is hot, medium, or mild!
Click here for a full list of participants and make sure to favorite the link as the menus change often and you surely don’t want to miss a bite! And check back soon for some info on…French Spice coming at you November 2012!