Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Miami

It’s been a few years since I was last in Miami and the last time I was there, I wasn’t blown away by the food scene. South Beach seemed more preoccupied with the perception of a foodie scene, rather than the substance of it. But, on a recent trip to Miami for work, I went outside South Beach where I found delicious cuisine at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, located in the Design District in Miami, is owned by James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Michael Schwartz. The casual bistro focuses on fresh, local ingredients. The cocktails and wine program are fresh and creative. After a delicious Hemmingway Daiquiri, I was impressed by the eclectic wine list that included Greek wines like the Assyrtiko that we started with and the Arbois Trousseau that we finished with.

Hemmingway Daiquiri Sigalas 2012 Assyrtiko Santorini Jacques Puffeney 2011 Trousseau Arbois

The menu is divided into Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large section, along with Snacks, Sides and a Raw Bar. When dining with friends, this makes it easy to order a lot of dishes to share.

The food is straightforward, just like the menu. We started with a couple snacks.

Thick Cut Potato Chips with Pan Fried Onion Dip – This is not the onion dip from the dehydrated soup packet that you used to make and bring to parties in college. Here the onions are caramelized until they are tender and sweet. They are then mixed with sour cream, mayonnaise and cream cheese for a creamy, rich dip. Add homemade thick potato chips and it’s a perfect snack.

Thick Cut Potato Chips with Pan Fried Onion Dip

Falafel – After just having returned from Israel, I didn’t think a falafel could live up to what I had eaten. But, these falafels were perfect – crisp on the outside, soft on the inside.

Falafel

From the Medium section we enjoyed:

Stracciatella with heirloom tomato, basil, extra virgin olive oil and fleur de sel – simple, fresh, delicious

Stracciatella

Crispy Sweet & Spicy Pork Belly with kimchi, crushed peanuts and pea shoots – The pork belly was meaty, not fatty and with the pickled kimchi was the perfect synergy of sweet and spicy in every bite. The peanuts added an extra savory element.

Crispy Sweet & Spicy Pork Belly

Housemade Gemelli Rustica with caramelized leek, smoked bacon and piave vecchio

Housemade Gemelli Rustica

Duck Confit with cara cara oranges, frisee and spiced pumpkin seeds

Duck Confit

Moving into the Large section on the menu, these were two of the favorite dishes of the night:

Slow Roasted & Grilled Harris Ranch Beef Short Rib with roasted cipollini onions, romesco sauce and duchilly hazenuts

Slow Roasted & Grilled Harris Ranch Beef Short Rib

Wood Oven Roasted Striped Bass with pomegranate vinaigrette

Wood Oven Roasted Striped Bass

Of course, we added a few Sides as well.

Fingerling Potatoes with Mustard Creme Fraiche

Fingerling Potatoes with Mustard Creme Fraiche

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Lemon Aioli

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Lemon Aioli

And to complete the meal, we finished with three desserts.

Grapefruit Pot de Creme with Coriander Donuts, Gingerbeer Lime Jam

Grapefruit Pot de Creme with Coriander Donuts, Gingerbeer Lime Jam

Sweet Potato Pie Sundae in a Jar

Sweet Potato Pie Sundae in a Jar

Genuine Cookies

Genuine Cookies

I can recommend every single dish we had. As the name of the restaurant implies, this is genuine food that will satisfy everyone.

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
130 NE 40th Street
Miami, Florida 33137

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