|Outdoor tables, menu and logo|
After a morning spent walking on all over Miami beach and Lincoln road, we went to the Design District, an up and coming area of the city, where we were meeting up with A's brother and his family (who were also in Miami on holiday the same time we were) for lunch. The Design District is made up of streets and streets of designer shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques for interiors and home decoration. Here is where you'll find Fendi Casa side by side with Marimekko and Poliform. In recent years, several fashion boutiques have opened here too - Christian Louboutin, Martin Margiela, Marni and even Tomas Maier. And where fashion and design go, restaurants follow and one of these is Michael's Genuine Food and Drink.
|Clockwise from top L: beet and heirloom tomato salad, butter lettuce salad, Black Angus burger, skirt steak salad|
We sat down early and waited for my in-laws to arrive over iced teas which also gave us time to study the lunch menu. There was quite a selection with several appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and a few heavier main dishes. When they finally arrived, we were more than ready to order. We skipped the starters and we all had large lunch salads while the kids had the burgers with homemade fries. As the rest of the drinks were served, a plate of soft, crusty sourdough was also set on the table. We hardly had time to catch up on each other's news (the last time we all saw each other was in July 2009 in Marbella) when our plates arrived. The portions were on the large side and were well-worth the reasonable prices (from $11 to $23 for the salads). A had the Harris ranch skirt steak salad - a hearty plate of grilled meat over grilled onions, radish, arugula, fennel and some olive tapenade; his brother R had the knife and fork Greek salad which was a deconstructed Greek salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, red onions and olives alongside a square slab of Feta cheese seasoned with oregano; his wife F had the butter lettuce salad with oranges, hazelnuts and avocados tossed in a shallot vinaigrette; and I had the colorful beet and heirloom tomato salad with chunks of sweet red and yellow tomatoes, beets, hearts of palm, string beans, blue cheese and walnut vinaigrette to which I ordered with some grilled chicken.
|Desserts clockwise from top: homemade ice cream, lemon meringue tart, chocolate cremoso|
Michael's Genuine Food and Drink is one of those restaurants that will go directly on my personal favorites list, an unpretentious place, aptly named and serving genuinely good food and drink at reasonable prices. It was my best meal in Miami by far.
Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th street
Atlas Plaza at the Deign District
Miami FL 33137
Telephone: +1 305 573 5550
*Open daily for dinner, lunch on Mondays to Fridays and brunch on Sundays
another branch in Grand Cayman