Thank you Miami Spice
at bizzability.com on 08/15/2011 - 09:42 am |
Tag: Food & Drink
On August 1st, the fine folks down in Miami put on something called Miami Spice - an event that hundreds of restaurants from around the area take place in offering their patrons a chance to explore their servings at reduced prices. Three course meals that run $25 for lunch and $35 for dinner per person, Miami Spice runs all the way through September Being one that likes saving money and enjoying a find meal, I decided to check it out.
After browsing the participating restaurants (like previously mentioned, there are hundreds) I decided on a spot that has been on my radar for some time - and what luck that it was on this list. Smith and Wollensky, a steakhouse located on Miami Beach, has been one of those spots that I’ve heard wonderful things about and decided this was as good time as any to give it a go.
The drive, although not too difficult, was a bit of a headache - thanks to I-95, which in my experience is horrible to drive on regardless of where along the eastern coast you are. Tucked in behind unfinished high-rise condos along the Miami inlet is where the famous steakhouse lies, and it was every bit worth the headaches and the left-right-left turns it takes to get here from the highway.
Once inside, the dim light bar gives way to rows of floor to ceiling windows that align the east side of the dinning room to allow people to look out over the inlet. There is an outside dinning area that is up close and personal along the sidewalk that has lots of foot traffic; people looking to take in the scenery of huge cargo ships that are shoving off towards parts unknown.
The Miami Spice menu is quite simple, a soup or salad as an appetizer, an entree which was a choice of fish, chicken or steak, and a dessert. Both my wife and I decided on the filet mignon which was outstanding. For anyone that has been to this high end steakhouse, they know that everything is served a la carte, so the sides, of which we ordered potatoes and spinach, were not included but equally as delightful.
A bottle of a California Pinot Noir and the night was set. Unlike Morton’s Steakhouse, there is no meat presentation, which I used to find pretty entertaining, but after speaking to someone who swears by S&W, I understand now that it should really be reserved for a hokey style restaurant, certainly not a high end steakhouse.
Thanks to Miami Spice, I was able to get to this steakhouse and the reality is that it surpassed my expectations. Everything from the first course to the quickness that the waiter re-filled my water glass, this spot was one that I will be returning too.