Daily dosings of Miami Spice
If your week needs a little more spice, visit the city’s top restaurants through Miami Spice — an event serving a fixed, three-course meal at a tasty $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner. These dishes bring the flavors of Miami’s finest restaurants into a student’s budget.
So check out these suggestions for where to go during the week to experience succulent, signature dishes.
Sunday: L’echon Brasserie
For a Sunday brunch-inspired meal, head over to L’echon Brasserie in Miami Beach to experience breakfast staples with a French je ne sais quoi. Classics like a tart made of country ham and parmesan, a country pate with dijon vinaigrette and Croque Monsieur grace the menu. Indulge in a croissant bread pudding made with milk chocolate custard and peanut butter short bread; or if you’re feeling more traditional, the creme brulee.
L’echon Brasserie is located at the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach 6261 Collins Ave. Miami Beach Fl, 33140.
Monday: Swine Southern Table & Bar
Mondays can be rough, so indulge in some Southern comfort food at Swine Southern Table & Bar. Explore down-home cooking Miami-style with deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes, and the Swine BLT sandwich crafted with pork belly pastrami, smoked swiss and special sauce. Then, sink your teeth into a hearty dessert: Triple Chocolate Texas Toast Bread Puddin’ served with coffee ice cream and smoked citrus.
Swine Southern Table & Bar is located at 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coral Gables FL, 33134.
Tuesday: Bulla Gastrobar
Go beyond “Taco Tuesdays” at Bulla Gastrobar with authentic Spanish flavors: bunuelos de bacalao – codfish fritters – or a tortilla espanola – a traditional Spanish omlette – are the way to start off your fiesta. Then, choose from rich dishes like a pork loin covered in cumin and paprika, or pollo chilindron – grilled chicken breast, serrano ham, red pepper stew and steamed rice.
Bulla Gastrobar is located at 2500 Ponce de leon Blvd. Coral Gables FL, 33134.
Wednesday: Angelique Euro Cafe
For a mid-week pick-me-up, try this cafe for their “Winesday Wednesday” specials. Savor European cuisine like bite-sized cheese souffles, escargot in a white wine butter sauce, and bruschetta. Entrees feature bold flavors: Scottish salmon with capers and duck confit pasta in a light mascarpone sauce.
Angelique Euro Cafe is located at 117 Miracle Mile Coral Gables FL, 33134.
Thursday: Peacock Garden Cafe
Pre-game your Grove night with a meal at Peacock Garden Cafe. The American restaurant’s Miami Spice menu is fresh and straightforward. Appetizers like prosciutto with pears, or lobster with mango and avocado, set the tone. The filet mignon entree is as good a deal as it gets. End your meal on a sweet note with the chocolate walnut brownie or strawberry shortcake.
Peacock Garden Cafe is located at 2889 Macfarlane Road, Coconut Grove FL, 33133.
Friday: Toscana Divino
At Toscana Divino in Mary Brickell Village, the three-course menu is fanciful: roasted rabbit, risotto with parmigiano reggiano and duck prosciutto, or a simple parpadelle pasta with porcini mushroom puree. Just in case you’re not salivating yet: carrot cake for dessert comes with cream cheese ice cream. Once you’re filled to the brim with Italian decadence, you’ll be ready for a night on the town in Brickell.
Toscana Divino is located at Mary Brickell Village 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami FL 33130.
Saturday: Il Mulino New York
On Saturday, grab lunch in South Beach at this New York import. The Italian trattoria is serving up ricotta meatballs as an appetizer. Entrees include gnocchi with tomato basil sauce, veal marsala with prosciutto and mushrooms, and salmon served over broccoli rabe. Try the tiramisu or Italian cheesecake with seasonal berries for dessert. Following your meal, you’ll want to amble around South Pointe Park at the new pier.
Il Mulino New York is located at 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, FL, 33160.
This article originally appeared in The Miami Hurricane on September 4, 2014.