Staying in Miami for business after a weekend of Keys traffic, I had dinner with friend Carlos in Miami’s Midtown area, known for the madness that annually descends with Art Basel, near to the Design District and the Wynwood Walls.
Carlos introduced Miami Spice, two months of Restaurant Week-type set menus during the Aug-Sep slow season. Restaurants are classed as luxury dining (lunch $23, dinner$39) and fine dining (lunch $19, dinner $33). Menus are 3-course (or more) with an adult beverage.
American Express is a sponsor, but it does not appear that they have any promotion this year.
Participating restaurants are grouped by the Beaches, and Miami North and South. Helpful tables on the Miami Spice website list which days and meals for each restaurant. We dined at Mercadito, which does not participate for lunch though has dinner nightly.
About Mercadito, the menu offered considerable choice with the proviso that each selection is per table. This can strain relationships among people passionate about their food yet not accustomed to eating family style. Some flexibility is granted to large groups. The food was good, nice to see cactus on a menu in the US. Did not like seeing a charge for water appear on the bill, a small amount yet there was no disclosure, not even the oft-heard and underhanded “still or sparkling.” The bottle looked like a reusable tap water bottle. I like restaurants that do not try to slip in charges like this. An introduction to Micheladas help to compensate (beer, Worchestershire sauce and lime in this variant).