Ken Gorin on Miami Spice 2017

Miami Spice 2017 here. What does this mean for locals and visitors alike? Now through September 30th, the area’s top restaurants will be offering three-course meals featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs at the wallet-friendly prices of $23 for lunch/brunch and $39 for dinner.   Here are a few of the standout spots located in the upscale neighborhood of THE COLLECTION, Coral Gables. I strongly recommend making reservations before dining as this is an extremely popular event throughout the South Florida community.


Mariposa at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables

Mariposa at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables

Located at the Shops at Merrick Park, Mariposa is offering a lunch special in honor of Miami Spice. For $39, you can savor lobster bisque, burrata cheese, wagyu beef meatballs, seafood risotto, crème brulee and more for dinner. Mariposa at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, 390 Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables; (786) 999-1018.


La Palma Ristorante and Bar

La Palma Ristorante & Bar

Locals love the breathtaking tree-covered courtyard replete with a stone fountain here. Romantic ambience aside, La Palma’s Northern Italian cuisine is stellar, too. Their Miami Spice lunch special costs $23 and boasts choices such as mozzarella caprese, Caesar salad, pear ravioli, filet mignon and more. La Palma, 116 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables; (304) 455-8777.


Palme d'or French Restaurant

Palme d’Or French Restaurant

Nestled inside of The Biltmore Hotel, Palme d’Or is a truly authentic fine dining French culinary experience prepared by Michelin starred and James Beard “Rising Star” nominee Chef Gregory Pugin. For $39, you can choose a wide variety of courses including Bacon Wrapped Black Tiger Shrimp, Grilled Spanish Octopus, Alaskan Black Cod, and Prime Beef Tenderloin.  For dessert one can choose Coconut Merengue or a Banana Passion Fruit. Palme d’Or, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables; (855) 878-1968


Red fish grill

Red Fish Grill

Enjoy fresh fish at one of South Florida’s most romantic restaurants housed in an historic building on the beach with a beautiful setting. Their Miami Spice Dinner costs $39 and you can choose a variety of meals such as shrimp ceviche, pan seared snapper, Black Angus hanger steak and homemade key lime pie to finish off the night.  Red Fish Grill, 9610 Old Cutler Road; (305) 668-8788


Christy's Restaurant


Consider Christy’s as the Gables’ crown jewel. Just ask any local and they’ll talk about the great food and impeccable service here. The $39 Miami Spice dinner menu includes choices such as their famous Caesar salad, black bean soup, herb crusted rack of lamb, key lime pie and more. Christy’s, 3101 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables (305) 446-1400.


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Ken Gorin

Ken Gorin is the President and CEO of THE COLLECTION, South Florida’s premiere luxury automotive dealership.