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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink ranks with Esquire

2top Oct 12, 2007 05:24 AM

On Esquire magazine's Best New Restaurants 2007 roster, Michael's is the only Florida restaurant on this year's list of 20.

  1. Frodnesor Oct 28, 2007 05:51 AM

    Just to add to the accolades, also named in Gayot's Top 10 New Restaurants ->
    http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/rest...

    I love that Michael's is getting recognition it deserves, but I have very mixed feelings - I'm always bummed when it becomes basically impossible to ever walk into a place without a reservation.

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    1. re: Frodnesor
      Lost Highway Oct 28, 2007 09:26 PM

      oh, cmon frod. thats kinda selfish. and petty!

      let the guy reap his rewards. good for him. kinda a ballsy place to put a restaurant in miami, especially attempting to do the whole "local" thing.

      just call ahead a few hours if you want a resy. ;)

      1. re: Lost Highway
        Frodnesor Oct 28, 2007 09:53 PM

        If I were really being selfish and petty I wouldn't have further recirculated the praise here - Michael's an earnest, talented guy and he absolutuely deserves the recognition. But it does make a bit sad that it basically becomes impossible to just pop into the place.

        1. re: Frodnesor
          lax2mia Oct 29, 2007 06:39 AM

          Jeez, the guy is in the same list as Gordon Ramsay and Michel Richard! We won't be able to get a walk-up seat until June at the earliest.

          1. re: lax2mia
            Frodnesor Oct 29, 2007 07:32 AM

            And that'll be outside!

            1. re: Frodnesor
              Miami Danny Oct 29, 2007 08:52 AM

              My wife and I got two seats at the bar as walk-ins on Friday night at about 9:45-10. The kitchen bar was vacant, that's 4 seats maybe? That's prime time. And it was raining, so they couldn't use all their outdoor seating. I always take a shot, and I've never been disappointed. Of course, one can always make reservations.

              1. re: Miami Danny
                Frodnesor Oct 29, 2007 08:55 AM

                All right, maybe I shouldn't take the Yogi Berra attitude ("Nobody goes there any more, it's too busy.")

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      organicmama Oct 17, 2007 04:46 AM

      Impressive! but not surprising since Schwartz has a strong reputation and skill to back it up. Lovely family too. Glad to see Michael's Genuine is a resounding success in the eyes of customers and critics alike!

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        madtheswine Oct 17, 2007 09:23 AM

        Has anybody been to Michael's? Any menu recommendations?

        1. re: madtheswine
          Frodnesor Oct 17, 2007 10:22 AM

          Lots of info in this post ->
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/387579

          The menu does change a bit somewhat often so some items may be gone and other new ones added.

          Only downside of the national press recognition is that it'll make a busy place even harder to get into.

          1. re: madtheswine
            yomyb Oct 17, 2007 12:37 PM

            I love this place. I am sure Frod sent you the right way for specific recommendations, they go around the board frequently. I have loved everything I have had there: the hominy, kimchee (although it is not traditional) pulled pork pizza, oysters, skirt steak, chicken, grouper, even his burger is great. Oh and I am a cremoso with sea salt fan....

        2. lax2mia Oct 12, 2007 08:09 AM

          Michael's also made Gourmet magazine's list for urban restaurants focusing on local ingredients.

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            mikek Oct 12, 2007 07:07 AM

            Is there any way you could link the article online? I cannot find it for the life of me. Thanks!

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            1. re: mikek
              2top Oct 12, 2007 07:16 AM

              http://www.miamiherald.com/tropical_l...

            2. Mild Bill Oct 12, 2007 06:56 AM

              For those who like me had no idea where or what...

              http://www.michaelsgenuine.com/conten...

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