MIAMI SPICE GOES PLANT-BASED
Late summer in Miami means more than hot temps and afternoon siestas: it means Miami Spice season. For the next eight weeks, gourmet eaters will be digging into reasonably-priced prix fixe menus at some of the city’s hottest eateries.
And while a lot of the menus are heavy on the meat, dairy, and other fatty foods, there’s good news for vegetable-forward foodies and diners looking for something a little lighter — two of the city’s best restaurants are offering amazing all-vegan Miami Spice selections.
First, there’s Plant Food & Wine — a Seed partner and award-winning eatery. Celebrity chef Matthew Kenney’s Wynwood spot is showcasing some of its most memorable items via two unique menus. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of dining on site, the sleek, sexy restaurant has an incredible indoor-outdoor space, complete with reflecting pool and zen-like landscaping, and its culinary creations are some of the nation’s most innovative. It’s offering vegan Miami Spice menus for lunch and dinner, and the options are as follows:
Lunch runs $23, and the appetizer options include a fennel tostada with anise guacamole, black radish, lemon chili oil, and basil; or a cauliflower and huacaina sousvide cauliflower with lime preserve. Entree choices are an MK bowl or mushroom ropa vieja with heirloom tomato sofrito, castelvetrano olives, and golden raisin; and for dessert, a papaya treat.
Dinner is $39 and diners can enjoy a green gazpacho or bahn mi rolls as an appetizer; achiote cauliflower tacos with culantro crema, chayote slaw, radish pico, and chilied cucumber; or BBQ mamey with yellow corn cream, pickled ginger, sunflower sprouts, and horseradish foam as an entree; and a lucuma quinoa dessert.
The menus are available every day except Friday and Saturday.
Timo Restaurant & Bar, an iconic Sunny Isles spot from chef Tim Andriola, went out of its way to create an extra-special Spice menu for vegan diners. Much like the restaurant itself, the menu is vibrant, creative, and full of surprises. Discerning diners love this eatery for its fresh, seasonal Italian-Mediterranean cuisine and warm atmosphere.
At $39 per person, the special vegan Miami Spice menu includes a chanterelle mushroom fritto with whipped artichoke and 12-year aged balsamic; butternut squash lasagna with spinach and almond milk ricotta by Kite Hill; charcoaled cauliflower steak with porcini "butter" and mushroom bordelaise; and chocolate pâté with raw cocoa, almonds, and mixed-berry sorbet.
Opt into any of the above options — or all (because why wouldn’t you?) — and you’ll get all of the Miami Spice experience with none of the after-dinner regret.