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Michael’s Genuine take 2

November 12, 2010

Did you notice that this is “take 2” for this restaurant?   Did you also notice that I said this restaurant was mentioned THREE times on the sweet tooth episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate??  I only covered two of them in my last entry because the last item was on the brunch menu.  Yes folks, we went to Michael’s Genuine for a late night dinner and dessert on Saturday night then went back again for brunch on Sunday morning.  Needless to say, the two hosts recognized me when I walked in.  It was only slightly embarrassing.

The brunch menu here was superb and separated into two main subjects: savory and sweet.  We wanted to try items off both parts of the menu and the blue crab hash was one of the first things we ordered.  I love myself some good, fresh crab and this did not disappoint.

Breakfast pizza with house smoked bacon, egg, monterey jack and onions.  It was just enough breakfast topped on a pizza for me.  Wood oven pizzas are the best!!

Kimchee benedict which was a toasted crumpet, crispy pork belly, kimchee with a kimchee hollandaise all with a poached egg on top.   The pork belly was crispy on the outside but somehow just melted on the inside.

We also ordered the wood oven roasted chicken salad sandwich.  This was actually quite teeny even though the picture makes it look like a decent size.  It was a great finger snack and not too heavy on the mayo.  I love chicken salad sandwiches, I just wish this one were bigger!

Frank Bruni (former NY Times restaurant critic) recommended and swore by the homemade pop tarts at Michael’s Genuine.  Don’t they look waaaaay better than the Kellogg’s ones you buy at the store?!?  They are made with whatever fresh, local fruit is in season.  Our two flavors were passion fruit and blackberry.  I thought I’d like the passion fruit more but I loved the blackberry one!  While we were eating our savory dishes, practically every table got served these pop tarts so I was worried they would run out.

There was no way TM would let the cinnamon roll get passed up.   He is a diehard cinnamon lover and considering everything else we had ordered was spectacular, he needed to try this out for himself!  It was definitely good but it was also definitely not a homemade pop tart.

I love this place and would definitely NEED to go back the next time I’m in Miami.  Michael’s Genuine is a NEED, not a WANT.  Please go there.  Now.

130 NE 40th Street   Miami, Florida

Michael’s Genuine take 1

August 10, 2010

After our scrumptious appetizers at OLA, we headed over to Michael’s Genuine in the Design District for dessert.  I hardly have any idea of what we Boyfriend ate here.  I was so full I could hardly concentrate.

The food scene in Miami reminded me a lot of New York.  It was almost 10 PM when we got to Michael’s Genuine but it was packed with people still coming in behind us.  I was worried we wouldn’t get seated but the host gave us one of the best seats in the house!  We got to sit at the “chef’s table” and watch most things get cooked and served.  I had fun watching things go into the oven.  The menu is split up into small, medium, large and extra large plates that are meant to be shared, tapas style.

Boyfriend wanted to try the pig ear salad and wow, there was a lot of pig ear in this baby.  I tried one of these crispy, flavorful things and had to stop because I was so full.

Off of the food menu, I was most interested in the crispy rice cake.  It had Florida rock shrimp, chorizo, manchego and a fried organic egg on top.  Unfortunately, this was probably the most disappointing dish we ordered.  The flavors just didn’t seem to mesh well for me and I didn’t care for it.

Who can resist some crispy sweet & spicy pork belly?  Boyfriend can’t, that’s for sure… especially if there is kimchee involved!  This mixed in with some peanuts and sprouts made for an excellent combination.

Now the real reason why we went to Michael’s Genuine was for the dessert.  We knew this had to be an amazing place if THREE people mentioned THREE different menu items in the same episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate!  Iron Chef Michael Symon chose the popcorn & peanuts dessert for the “sweet tooth” episode.  It’s a chocolate peanut butter candy bar with buttered popcorn and ice cream.  It didn’t sound all that spectacular but the salty / sweet combination sounded intriguing.  (I usually love my french fries dipped in ice cream!)  This dessert wasn’t bad but I’m not sure it’d be worth ordering again.

Scott Conant chose the tangerine creamsicle pot de creme as his dessert.  I wasn’t too interested in trying it but Boyfriend couldn’t wait to get his hands on it!  I took one bite and I was sold.  I absolutely get what Scott was saying.  The one listed on our menu was orange and tasted exactly like a creamsicle in the middle of summer.  I don’t know how each element of this dessert goes so incredibly well together but you take a bite of the doughnut, dip it in the blackberry tarragon jam, and swipe it across the cream and this one bite will take you back to your childhood.

There were so many other dishes that came out that I want to try.  Now that we know what’s popular (we literally saw the wood roasted cauliflower with parsley sauce, wood oven pizza and steak au poivre too many times to count!) we know exactly what to order when we go back. Until then, I’ll be dreaming of the orange creamsicle pot de creme…

130 NE 40th Street   Miami, Florida


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