Miami

January 13, 2011

Dinner at Michael’s Genuine

So I’m officially no longer the last person on the planet earth that has never been to Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the Miami Design District. Earlier this week I stopped by with friends after an event in downtown Miami. We arrived at 7:30pm and the place was hopping. We sat outside; it was a beautiful January evening in South Florida to be sitting outdoors so we took full advantage of it.

I don’t know what I can say here that hasn’t already been said about this iconic restaurant, its owner and pastry chef. The magic of Michael’s has definitely cast quite a spell over 99.9% of Miamians, South Floridians and visitors alike. My dining companions have been to Michael’s before and one of them “a regular” explained the mystifying inertia pull of guests to Michael’s this way “it’s comfort food in its finest hour at reasonable prices within a cosmopolitan setting. You will always get consistency, efficiency and great service.” There you have it, the recipe for success and one that obviously is tried, tested and true at Michael’s.

We all had been drinking wine earlier and decided to switch over to beer. Michael’s has a great beer selection especially if you’re into wanting to try something new and different. Not sure why this happened or how but the three of us ordered the same beer, Old Speckled Hen. I think we were in wine overload and needed something completely different that was light and refreshing. We left the ordering up to our dinner date who is “the regular” as he would make the best selections for us. He did not disappoint and neither did the food.

If you have an audaciously curious palate you will love Michael’s for its range of food intrigue such as crispy pig ear salad, chargrilled octopus, duck confit and pork belly however if you are more traditional in your eating habits don’t let those items scare you off, for the oven roasted chicken, the grilled pork chop and steak au poivre has its appeal to the more conventional eater. There is definitely something on this “genuine” menu for everyone.

We did the sharing thing of multiple items, starting with the thick cut potato chips and pan fried onion dip, wood roasted brussels sprouts with pancetta, the crispy rice cake, the chargrilled octopus, pan roasted chicken and for dessert we rounded out our snacking with the famed Hedy Goldsmith’s chocolate cremosos with sea salt, olive oil, sour dough crostini and fresh hot donuts sprinkled with sweet sugar.

Everything simply was genuine. The food, the service, the atmosphere. The word genuine is defined at the bottom of the menu. Genuine means real, authentic, free from pretense, affectation or hypocrisy, sincere. There it is, a menu boasting the true definition of its namesake. Click here to view photos of our food. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is located at 130 NE 40th Street in the Miami Design District, Miami 33137.
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