Food: Summer Specials

Summer’s rising temperatures means falling menu prices. During the seasonal slump, both Fort Lauderdale and Miami offer citywide restaurant deals to lure the locals to places which often rely upon tourist and snowbird dollars during the season.

“Dine Out Lauderdale,” taking place this year from Sept. 1 through Oct. 12, finds dozens of restaurants offering specially-created, three-course menus at a $35 fixed price. Among the Fort Lauderdale restaurants participating in this year’s event are; American Vintage at the Westin, Beauty and The Feast at the Atlantic Hotel, Bistro at the Sonesta, Capital Grille, Chart House, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Coco Asian Bistro, Dos Caminos at B Ocean Resort, Eduardo de San Angel, Fork & Balls, 15th Street Fisheries, Indigo at the Riverside Hotel, Johnny V, Mai-Kai, Morton's Steakhouse, Ocean 2000 at the Pelican Grand, Royal Pig, Ruth's Chris, S3-Sun, Surf & Sand, Sea Level at the Harbor Beach Marriott, Seasons 52, Scolapasta, Shooters, Spazio, Sunfish Grill, Steak 954 at the W, Tsukuro, Tuscan Grill, Wild Sea at the Riverside Hotel and Yolo.           

In Deerfield Beach Chanson Restaurant at the Royal Blues Hotel is taking part. Hallandale Beach features Adena Grill and III Forks At Gulfstream Park, while Hollywood is represented by Bongo's Café and Elements Bistro At The Crowne Plaza. Lighthouse Point’s Le Bistro and Ireland's Steakhouse At The Bonaventure in Weston are also offering prix fixe meals, as are Cafe Maxx and McCoy's in Pompano Beach.

Sunny.org is offering a chance to win a “Dine Out Lauderdale” getaway, including a three-night stay at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, dinners for two at McCoy's Oceanfront, Chima and Shooters Waterfront. In addition to the dinner packages, the winner of the contest receives two greater Fort Lauderdale VIP cards which include complimentary admission to attractions in the area, including; Jungle Queen Riverboat, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and Everglades airboat tours. To enter, go to www.Sunny.org/win. The contest ends Sept. 15.

A similar event takes place on a much larger scale in the greater Miami area. “Miami Spice” started Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, with hundreds of establishments offering prix-fixe lunches for $23 and dinners for $39. In total, 181 restaurants are participating, 10 percent more than the previous year’s event.

A number of celebrity chef-driven spots are joining “Miami Spice” this year, including; Tom Colicchio's Beachcraft, Cena by Michy, Corsair by Scott Conant and StripSteak by Michael Mina. Other new additions include; Cleo, Coya, El Cielo, Fooq's, Izzy's Fish & Oyster, Klima, Marion, Market at Edition, Morimoto, Piripi, Prime Fish, Quality Meats, Redlander at Schnebly Winery, Seagrape, Social Club, Soho Bay, Tantalize Miami, Tamarina, Vagabond, Via Verdi Cucina Rustica, and Vintro.

Among the returning establishments are; Area 31, Azul, Barceloneta, the Bazaar by José Andrés, the Cypress Room, db Bistro Moderne, Dolce Italian, The Forge, Hakkasan, Haven, Lure Fishbar, MC Kitchen, Michael Mina 74, Mignonette, Milos, Pubbelly, Scarpetta, Seaspice and Swine. For more information go to the Miami Spice web site, http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/special-offers/monthly-deals/miami-spice-month.

Chef Robyn Almodovar, a winner of The Food Network show “Chopped” is hosting a pop up dinner series, “Supper Club Thursdays” through Sept. at Kitchen 305 in the Newport Beachside Hotel. Almodovar will design and prepare a three-course meal each Thursday. In addition to taking over the kitchen, Almodovar will unveil a specialty lounge area complete with its own menu. For reservations, call 305-749-2110.


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