Unless you’re a foodie fiend, there are bound to be one or two joints you haven’t heard of on the list of more than 200 restaurants participating in Miami Spice. Whether they’re new to the scene or undiscovered by the masses, here are some Spice spots we’re looking forward to trying this season.
Pinch Kitchen | Shorecrest
Located in a remodeled diner north of Miami’s MiMo district, Pinch Kitchen is a homey, low-key alternative to some of the more fine dining options Spice is known for. Find a menu ranging from Nouveau American fare to internationally inspired dishes like Spanish octopus and ceviche served in assorted glassware.
Plant Food + Wine | Wynwood
Plant Food + Wine is the answer to Miami’s lack of vegan and vegetarian fine dining. Set in a vibrant space with a popular adjacent outdoor patio, the restaurant dishes out an exclusively veggie-friendly, locally sourced menu, featuring organic fusion foods like kimchee dumplings and watermelon poke.
Café Catula | Kendall
A little more old school and closer to home, Café Catula offers up a menu familiar to our Cuban folk out here in the 305, just with a little more finesse. This ain’t no open air fruit market on Calle 8 (although, we’re never above it) — Café Catula features contemporary art from Cuban artists and a piano bar to complement its nostalgic menu.
Trust & Co. Bar & Restaurant | Coral Gables
Serving up a modern, industrial, steampunk vibe, Trust & Co. is changing up the dining scene in Coral Gables and embraces a self-proclaimed “New World American” menu. With strong Latin, Italian, and even French influences and a craft cocktail menu to impress, Trust & Co. is already a trusted local favorite.
Spasso | Coconut Grove
Miami’s got no shortage of Italian restaurants on its radar, but since opening in Spring 2016, Spasso is making its mark with Chef Gaetano Ascione’s “brutally honest” Italian cuisine. Spasso has a spacious location on Main Highway and a menu featuring traditional Italian favorites like homemade pastas and seafood-centered specials.
The Gang Miami | Wynwood
With neighbors like Gigi, Beaker & Gray, and KYU just blocks away, The Gang is another artsy and eccentric contribution to the Wynwood foodie scene. The Gang’s got a modern, yet homey aesthetic (the bar is literally mounted on washing machines) and a menu stocked with offbeat Asian fusions like their green tea crab rangoon and their Malaysian lamb chops.
1111 Peruvian Bistro | Brickell
1111 Peruvian Bistro is unique among the treasure trove of Peruvian spots we’ve got here in Miami. As if we had to give you another reason to sample fresh-to-death ceviches, what sets 1111 apart is its not-so-gauche, simple and stellar menu of Peruvian classics revamped through European style cooking techniques.
Kaori | Brickell
Opulent and futuristic, this new restaurant is an incomparable dining experience featuring a 360-degree journey into the senses. Projections dance across walls while live DJs spin and Japanese-Italian fusion fare is served up in style (and by style, we’re talking heels and candelabras).
Zest | Downtown
This contemporary spot, located amid Downtown’s sprawling office buildings, is another fresh addition to the foodie scene, thanks to Cindy Hutson’s Ortanique fam. Self-coined “ethnically diverse,” Zest serves up seasonally driven, Caribbean-inspired dishes (sometimes to a backdrop of reggae beats).
Lique Miami | North Miami Beach
Complete with a raw bar, an indoor smoking area and waterfront views, Lique is an eclectic twist to your standard Mediterranean restaurant. Lique is a vibrant, colorful mirror to the bayfront cityscape it overlooks, and it provides a full scale menu from flatbreads to carpaccios to grilled large plates.