In different cities during different times of the year, restaurants feature special prix fixe menus at a discount. Chicago has Restaurant Week — actually more like two weeks — around February. New Orleans‘ Restaurant Week lasts about a week in September. And Miami has Miami Spice, two months devoted to discounted good eats during the summer months of August and September.
Just yesterday, I experienced my first ever Miami Spice — about time, since I’ve lived in the area for so long — at Market* at EDITION, a swanky Marriott hotel with a backdoor entrance to the gorgeous Miami Beach! I was there for lunch, courtesy of a team offsite for work. The inside of the restaurant reminded me of a European-style food bazaar — even though the menu was more American — with its hanging meats, seafood bar, and clean-cut white furnishings.
My $23 prix fixe lunch lineup included:
- Crunchy Calamari, with citrus-chili dip
- Florida Grouper Sandwich, with chipotle mayo
- Salted Caramel Sundae, with candied peanuts and popcorn, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce
Bite Gastrotruck. BAMF Burger. ‘Nuff said.
Okay, here’s the deal… two slices of beef, bacon-onion jam, American cheese, and Chipotle mayo. I actually ordered lettuce and potato sticks as toppings as well. I originally picked the BAMF because of the bacon-onion jam. I have had bacon jam at Southern Swank Kitchen before, and was hoping this would be something similar, with the addition of onion of course. The jam turned out to be distinct pieces of caramelized onion and fried bacon, instead of a more holistic (read: less chunky) spread. Eh…
Notice there’s no lettuce in the picture to the left. That’s because they forgot it! Oh, and they also substituted french fries for potato sticks — unintentionally, I think. (I’m pretty sure potato sticks and french fries are distinct items, as they also offered gourmet french fries on their menu.) I decided I was pretty happy about the fry-substitution, but not so much about the lack of lettuce. How else was I going to get my serving of veggies?! Anyhoo, I’d rate the burger a fine. The bread was toasted and didn’t get all soggy when I was making my way through the burger, so that was a plus. Overall, pretty tasty, though a couple hours after eating it, I felt like an unhealthy blob.
It’s pretty rare that I find a delicious burger that doesn’t make me feel guilty for not hitting the gym afterwards… if anyone has any suggestions, please do share!