Record number of restaurants take part in this year’s Miami Spice

MIAMI – If you’re on a budget, now’s your chance to eat a three-course meal for under $30 at top restaurants during Miami Spice month.

“We’re excited to bring it to the community,” Dan Rios, of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, said.

The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau started the project 21 years ago to help restaurants get business in the slower summer months when the snowbirds fly away.

And it’s taken off since.

“Diners can find restaurants in 20 neighborhoods from Miami Beach all the way down south, some in Kendall,” Rios said. “There are 266 participants this year. That’s a record for us.”

One of those restaurants is inside Upper Buena Vista. It’s called El Turco and they’re serving up Turkish cuisine “grandma style,” as the owner calls it.

“Very casual, very traditional, Turkish food. Like the ones you can find in any house in Turkey,” owner Gokhan Yuzbasioglu said.

The restaurant opened up 18 months ago and is offering three different menus for Miami Spice – brunch, lunch and dinner.

El Turco’s seating is mostly outside and it’s decorated with evil eyes, which their culture believes will protect you from evil.

And they’re everywhere, so when you come here you’ll have nothing to worry about but filling yourself up on a good deal.

Miami Spice gives you a chance to enjoy three-course meals, like lunch and brunch for $28 dollars and dinner will cost either $45 or $60 at top eateries.

“That was really the point of the program from the beginning,” Rios said. “To allow our local community to experience a restaurant that otherwise they would not be able to experience. And during that, word got out to our visitors as well and became a success.”

Miami Spice ends on Sept. 30, so you have two more weeks to enjoy the savings.

For more information on Miami Spice, click here.

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