The Best New Restaurants on Miami Spice in 2022

Three-course meals for lunch & dinner for a banging price

Aug
03
2022

These are the best new restaurants on Miami Spice in 2022

The suffocating August heat is upon us but we’re kind of ok with it because of Miami Spice! From August 1st through September 30th, local Miami restaurants and badass chefs will feature a 3-course meal for either lunch, brunch, or dinner at a steal of a price. At just $28 for lunch$28 for brunch, and $42 for dinner, you can hop around Miami testing out the spots you have been craving. Additionally this year, they’ve also launched a $60 dinner menu at some restaurants. You can take inflation for that. 

Every week in August and September, we will be publishing at least one guide to help you navigate and decide where to go next for Miami Spice. You should know that we’ve done your homework for you, which includes some math to make sure that you’re making the most of your time and dinero

For this round, we are focusing on the restaurants that are joining Miami Spice for the first time in 2022. Some of these are new restaurants while others have been around for longer but chose this year, to make their Miami Spice debut. Either way, we’d go here if we were you. 

 

CHUG’S


Cuisine: Cuban American
Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3444 Main Hwy Suite 21
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Monday to Friday and Dinner every day.
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE

Chug’s, an elevated diner with Cuban influence made for Miami with a ventanita for cafecito and a full bar, will feature a Miami Spice lunch ($28) and dinner ($45) menu. Sit at the bar or the outdoor patio area with views of Main Highway and some people-watching in Coconut Grove while you enjoy this three-course menu. 

For dinner, we’d start with the Raspitas con Lechon, Chug’s version of crispy rice topped with pork, guava bbq, and pickled onions; followed by the Pan con Bistec with mojo onions, oxtail jus for dipping, and horseradish aioli; and finish the meal with a Classic Flan or a seasonal slice of pie

 

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LION & THE RAMBLER


Cuisine: New American
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 804 Ponce de Leon
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Wednesday to Sunday.
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE

Lion & The Rambler by Chef Michael Bolen is new to the Miami dining scene. We’ll be visiting them soon, but if you want to beat us to it and try something new, Miami Spice could be the way to go. Located in the former Eating House location in Coral Gables, Lion & The Rambler focuses on modern American flavors with a South Florida twist. 

Dishes on the Miami Spice dinner menu ($45) include the White Asparagus Ajo Blanco, a chilled Spanish soup with sun gold melon and pickled cherry; Sweet Corn & Ricotta Agnolotti with pork ‘nduja, and mitica sardo (a sheep’s milk cheese from Sardegna); or for $15 more you can also get the Koji-aged NY Strip (we did the math, and you’re still saving more than $30 if you ordered a la carte); and for dessert we’d get the strawberry ice cream with ricotta mousse and Harpke Farm’s anise hyssop flowers.

PATIO ISOLA


Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: MiMo
Address: 6789 Biscayne Blvd
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Tuesday to Friday and Sunday; Dinner Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday.
Book your table: HERE

If you love Italian red sauce, then you will love Patio Isola. Chefs Santo Agnello and Jose Mendin have recently opened a second Casa Isola concept in the former La Placita space. They’ve changed the name to Patio Isola and added additional antipasti, sandwiches, pasta, specialty plates, and a roster of pizzas. 

This location has a lovely patio and generous offerings on their Miami Spice lunch($28) and dinner ($45) menus. Stop by for their Cheesy Garlic Bone Marrow served with housemade focaccia; the best Rigatoni alla Vodka in Miami; and a refreshing Coconut Lime Panna Cotta with a lemoncello granita.

KOJIN


Cuisine: Japanese
Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 8222 NE 2nd Ave
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Tuesday – Saturday.
Book your table: HERE

Chef Pedro Mederos and Chef Katherine Randolph formerly of dim sum pop-up E&P Dmplngs (now closed) have been cooking some Japanese-inspired dishes in the backroom bar inside of Hachidori Ramen in Little River. Kojin, their Washoku concept means “food from Japan” in Japanese which represents what Chef Pedro is creating at this 10-seat counter bar. Most of the ingredients and techniques used at Kojin are Japanese. However, there are some surprises here and there. 

The menu is constantly evolving so a seasonal visit is a must. During Miami Spice, they are offering a three-course meal for $45 with some returning favorites and new dishes.  

If you want to try something different and Japanese, then this is the place. We don’t get experiences like this in Miami. So take note. Come with an open mind. Get ready to broaden your horizons and learn about Japanese cuisine. 

 

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CASA MARIANO


Cuisine: Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Doral
Address: 8200 NW 27th St Suite 106
Miami Spice availability: Dinner every day and Sunday Brunch.
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE

If you’re looking for a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, check out Casa Mariano. Located in Doral, Chef Mariano Araya has created a menu drawing inspiration from his career and Argentinian background.

At Casa Mariano, during Miami Spice, we’d stop by for dinner ($60). We haven’t been yet so it would be a good excuse to try the Surf & Turf with seared scallops, tenderloin tartare and teriyaki reduction; but specifically the Lobster Thermidor served over a parmesan risotto. On the all-day menu, the Lobster Thermidor is $80, so even if the Miami Spice dish is still smaller, you’re still getting it for a good deal. And of course, you get to end with dessert, a lava fig cake or a pavlova with strawberries and pistachio. 

ABBALÉ TELAVIVAN KITCHEN


Cuisine: Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 864 Commerce St
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Tuesday to Saturday; $45 Dinner Tuesday to Thursday; $60 Dinner Friday and Saturday.
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE

Abbale is a family-run restaurant showcasing the flavors of Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Colombia. The two co-founders have a wealth of experience from creating Pura Vida, My Ceviche, and Zuuk. They source from local farmers, and everything is made fresh daily. 

A weekday or Saturday lunch with Israeli brunch vibes is what we’re thinking when passing by Abbalé. As far as appetizers go, we’d probably get the Holy Grail tahini with grated tomato, green harissa, the Babaganoush with coriander, olive oil, citrus, smoked sea salt; or the Labneh with olive oil, za’atar, sea salt. As an entree we’d get the Shakshuka served with a Jerusalem bagel or the falafel pita with shuk salad, hummus, tahini, pickled cabbbage and sprouts. For dessert, the Baklava Tahini ice cream with baklava crumbles.

NEYA RESTAURANT


Cuisine: Israeli
Neighborhood: Surfside
Address: 9491 Harding Ave
Miami Spice availability: Dinner Sunday to Wednesday.
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE

Just in time for Miami Spice, Neya, a new Modern Israeli restaurant located in Surfside, has just opened. The menu is highly influenced by Spanish, North African, and Levantine flavors featuring shareable appetizers, mezze, crudos and entrees from the Josper charcoal oven.

We’re going soon to check out their Miami Spice menu. However, dishes we’re eyeing include the Shishbarak dumplings with wild herbs an tomato concassé, the Moroccan Snapper with bottarga, fennel, and the Dry Fig Parfait

 

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LEKU


Cuisine: Basque
Neighborhood: Allapattah
Address: 1100 NW 23rd St
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Wednesday to Sunday; $45 Dinner Tuesday to Thursday & Sunday; $60 Dinner Friday and Saturday.
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE

Located inside the Rubell Museum, Leku is a classic contemporary restaurant focusing on Basque dishes with a modern twist. LEKU isn’t new, but this is the first year they participate in Miami Spice. You’re going to want to run for a chance to have some of the best Spanish dishes in the most amazing garden patio setting.

Leku will be offering a lunch ($28), dinner ($45), and the upgraded dinner ($60) menu on Miami Spice. If you can make it to all three, do it. If you have to choose one, we’d do the $60 dinner menu. You’re still saving $30 if you were ordering an appetizer, entree, and dessert a la carte.

Our order would be, the Tortilla Española Trufada, Carrillera de Terrnea Wagyu, braised wagyu veal cheeks, sweet potato mash, and crispy chips; and the Basque Cheese Tart.

 

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COTE


Cuisine: Korean Steakhouse
Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 3900 NE 2nd Ave
Miami Spice availability: Lunch Monday to Thursday
Book your table: HERE
View menu: HERE

What a treat that this Michelin-Starred restaurant is on Miami Spice!

If you are craving exceptional cuts of USDA Prime & American Wagyu, great service, and a flawless wine program, stop by for lunch during Miami Spice. 

For $28, you can get the steak tartare with local grass-fed top-round, pear, crispy tendon puffs; the Butcher’s lunch (+$12) that includes a USDA prime hanger steak and 45+ days dry aged ribeye grilled tableside, accompanied by lettuce, scallion salad, and ssamjang; and soft serve ice cream topped with soy sauce caramel.

 

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