This Photo Diaries page is a quick reference guide to my Miami Spice dinners, updated as they happen, and consolidated into one post.
August 6th, 2017
Inside the Fontainebleau Hotel
4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
What I tried:
HIT: It’s hard to choose a favorite dish over the famous and classic Scarpetta Spaghetti. Because I wanted the best of both worlds, I had someone else order it and I also tried the Oven Roasted Chicken (simple yet elegant, and flavorful). Key words: sharing is caring!
Another positive, and this is a big one for the FOMO Miamians, portions have been kept the same for the Miami Spice menu. It’s a big deal considering the Spaghetti alone is $24 off the regular menu.
MISS: Given its Fontainebleau Hotel location, know that dining at Scarpetta means dealing with the valet-parking headache. The cost for parking is $15 if validated, $25 if not. It took 25 minutes for my car to come out.
TIP: Make an early dinner reservation to fully take advantage of the beautiful hotel grounds, Miami Beach Boardwalk, and ocean views.
August 4th, 2017
Inside Turnberry Isle
19999 W Country Club Dr.
Aventura, FL 33180
What I tried:
HIT: Who am I kidding? Everything is a hit at Bourbon Steak. In case you’ve missed my in-depth coverage (and the reason I chose to visit them first, catch up here). That said, I will go ahead and name a favorite dish. Make that a TIE in favorites: the Alaskan Halibut and the White Chocolate Creméux. Of course, you can’t ever go wrong with the steak option (this year it’s a 5oz Angus New York Strip). But the halibut secretly packed in some heat and bold smoky flavors. It only looked innocent sitting atop the elegant yet unassuming lemongrass and coconut risotto, until I took that first bite: not too spicy, just right. Loved the Calabrian chile addition!
On paper, I knew I’d be trying the White Chocolate Creméux. After all, the magic word “guava” was also listed as an ingredient. The thick and velvety custard’s depth, masked by the passion fruit sauce, surprised me as the spoon easily dove deeper than expected. The guava pâte de fruit combination resulted in mmms all around. Success!
MISS: Not a single thing. It must be tough being this good.
Bourbon Steak packed the house last night; every seat occupied. The staff danced their usual ‘multitask and overachieve’ routine expertly. The first-timer friends I brought along raved and exclaimed this “was their new favorite restaurant.” They’ve got good taste, I see.
Game on, Miami Spice! Who’s next?
***All photos are available without the TWP logo upon written request***