Open late Fri.-Sat.
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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink Restaurant Review: Michael's Genuine Food & Drink stands out in Miami as a great neighborhood restaurant, serving budget-friendly food that’s mostly simple, and simply topnotch. This is exactly what chef-owner Michael Schwartz intended and exactly what the city needed. Dishes, which depend on seasonal (and preferably regional) ingredients, precision preparation and solid creativity, come in varied sizes ranging from small plates like golden tilefish ceviche to extra large dishes such as the whole roasted Poulet Rouge chicken. Other notable menu offerings might include chargrilled octopus; crispy sweet and spicy pork belly; and roasted snapper with roasted parsnips, grilled lmeon, smoked fleur de sel and fennel pollen. For dessert, try the cheesecake (made with goat cheese) or housemade ice cream and sorbet. Brunch boasts options like a kimchi Benedict made with a poached farm egg, kimchi, crispy pork belly and kimchi hollandaise. The wine list is thoughtful and savvy, as is service. And the indoor-outdoor setting is cool, but not terminally hip. It's a casually artsy space whose main focus is the wood-burning oven in which many dishes are cooked --- by the guy whose name is above the restaurant’s door (no absentee celebrity chef stuff here).