Ironwood Steak & Seafood at PGA National/ courtesy photo

Ironwood Steak & Seafood at PGA National/ courtesy photo

September is the quiet month in restaurants in South Florida, a land poised for a new social and tourist season that doesn’t start till around Halloween.

Lucky for us residents, smart marketers got together back in 2008 to create deals where diners get a three-course meal or special menu for a fixed price at a number of restaurants, while charities benefit at the same time.

FLAVOR PALM BEACH

In Palm Beach County, the program is known as Flavor Palm Beach. This year, 52 restaurants throughout the county are offering special menus and pricings ($20 lunches, $30-$35 dinners) that in most cases deeply discount their regular checks. The plan is to introduce diners to new restaurants and menus, with the hope they’ll be repeat customers during season.


Restaurants range from hotel favorites such as The Breakers Italian Restaurant, and Angle at Eau Palm Beach, to popular steak spots like Ironwood Steak & Seafood in PGA National, Morton’s, and the Capital Grille. New restaurants like Hudson at Waterway East in Delray, and old favorites like buccan and Maison Carlos are represented. From Palm Beach’s Cafe Boulud to Boca’s Pavilion Grille – the county is peppered with places to try.

MIAMI SPICE

The program is called Miami Spice in Miami-Dade County, and its now in its 14th year. Theirs is a two-month affair, from August  through September.

Nearly 200 restaurants participate in the event – 53 are new this year. Hot new chefs and restaurants, as well as longtime favorites, are on the list. Look for the menus at Azul, Bazaar by Jose Andres, BLT Steak, Cena by Michy, CORSAIR by Scott Conant, The Dutch, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, the Forge, Il Mulino, Lure Fishbar, MC Kitchen, The Palm, Pubbelly, Shula’s  Steak House, Sushisamba, Timo, and Zuma – to name only a few.

Miami’s restaurants follow the same format with both lunch and dinner specialty pricing at $23 for lunches and $39 for multi-course or special-menu dinners.

To find out more, visit the websites. Flavorpb.com and Miamiandbeaches.com/event/miami-spice-restaurant-program/

Insiders tip: Reserve online now for your favorite restaurants; a limited number of seats are available for the discounts nightly. Better choices are available at lunch.