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Jan 26, 2008 09:37 AM


I ate at Michy's last week as part of a group of seven. We have been fan's of Michele Bernstein's cooking since we stumbled upon her at Azul a few years ago. We travel to Miami annually to play golf and dine out. We always look forward to sampling Michelle's newest dishes and she has yet to disappoint us.
Full disclosure out of the way, I would like to report that we had another wonderful meal at Michy's. For those who are not familiar with it, Michy's setting is in Little Haiti, an unprepossessing part of town, in a small one story building. The interior is bright, mostly white slightly kitschy and informal. The staff is uniformly pleasant and professional. The crowd is hip, yet not so cool as to be annoying. In other words, it's not South Beach (in the most positive way imaginable).
We had the tasting menu and purposely chose not to see a menu. What followed was a terrific stream of dishes, moving through salads(a wonderful Beet and Pear combo) and cold appetizers (raw Kumamoto oysters topped with Tuna Tartare and Caviar, among others) to a middle course that included Seared Foie Gras atop Cornbread, Fettucine in a Cream Sauce with Peas topped with Crisped Prosciutto (one member of our group said he could eat this particular dish all night long and would be happy), and wonderful Gnocchi with Duck Sausage. The mains were excellent as well, particularly a terrific cut of steak. The range of flavors was excellent and we all finished dazzled and sated.
The wine list is interesting and varied, with a number of well priced selection. At one point,they ran out of a Gruner Veltliner that we were enjoying, and the substituted a better bottle at the lower price. That is indicative of the little ways in which we were made to feel at home.
All in, the bill came to just over $100 per person before tax and tip. We ate for three hours, sampled many dishes and drank a great deal of fine wine. We all felt that we got great value. For those looking for a less expensive approach, I'm certain that the main menu offers plenty of good options.
We'll be back next year.

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  1. I could not agree with you more. Michy's is definitely a gem in the Biscayne corridor. David is always very pleasant and does a great job making the customers feel welcome. I have dined there several times & have personally seen Michelle test her food & if it does not pass her inspection she will do it all over again. I think it is great that everyone takes so much pride in the work that they do at Michy's. I would probably mention that Michy's really is in the upper eastside/Belle Meade area of Miami as Little Haiti is west of Biscayne blvd. Next time try the croquettes, they will redefine your idea of croquettes. Another great place to try is Michael's Food & Drink in the Design District & North 110 in North Miami Beach.

    By the airport code I take it you are from New Orleans? How is John Besh's places doing these days?

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    1. re: pierrem

      I'm glad you enjoy Michy's as well. Sorry, I'm not from NOLA, so I can't help on that one. My apologies for the Little Haiti gaffe. When I asked the cab driver who picked us up to tell us the name of the neighborhood, "Little Haiti" was his reply. Sorry for the mistake.

      1. re: BernieMSY

        There was probably a time that Biscayne Boulevard would have been considered the eastern boundary of Little Haiti but it's really a few blocks west. The city's poured a bunch of money into improvements on Biscayne Boulevard with the goal of making it more shop / restaurant / walking friendly - the tourist boards need to alert the cabbies to the new focus on the "Biscayne Corridor"!

        1. re: Frodnesor

          Very true. At one time Biscayne was cosidered the general boundary, now the eastern boundary is considered the FEC railroad tracks, a couple of blocks west of Biscayne (NE 4th Ave/Court more or less). The neighborhood east of the tracks, for better or worse, is officially referred to as the Upper East Side. This had already happened five years ago when I moved to the Upper East Side, so the cabbie was incorrect to call it Little Haiti.

      2. re: pierrem

        A discussion of some John Besh restaurants in New Orleans has been split to the New Orleans board. You can follow it here:

        Please keep the discussion here focused on Florida chow. Thanks!

      3. Only clarification I'd note is that Biscayne isn't generally thought of as Little Haiti. Would need to be a few blocks west. Food is indeed excellent.

        1. Exactly -- Michy's is not in Little Haiti at all -- Little Haiti's eastern border is the railroad tracks which run a few blocks west of Biscayne Boulevard. At this time, the only non-haitian restaurant worth venturing to which is set squarely in Little Haiti is 190 (Chef is Alan Hughes). There are, however, as can be expected, some very good haitian restaurants in Little Haiti and some damned fine rock-and-roll (Churchill's).

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          1. re: karmalaw

            *very good haitian restaurants in Little Haiti*

            Suggestions, please?

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Chez Rosie is among my favorites. 5961 NW 2nd Ave.

              1. re: karmalaw

                I had the pleasure of checking out Chez Rosie today. Admittingly, the area leaves a lot to be desired - but that can be expected. It's Little Haiti after all. The interior is nothing to look at as well - just one table, and a counter that doesn't even really match with the interior (they're practically begging to be redesigned despite the fact that they're near the Design District).

                Oddly, they ran out of goat and of oxtail. I had wanted those when I went in and I was recommended the griot (number 2) and the poisson/fish (number 6). I ordered the whole fried fish and the griot (fried pork - think masitas de puerco). They both were good, although I think the pork was a tad bit dry. Probably an isolated incident (I'm hoping) since the food was generally flavorful and tasty.

                The salad was garnished a bit more than your typical iceberg salad one normally find in restaurants in these type of establishment - but it was based off of that. It's just garnished with shreds of beets, carrots and onions besides the typical iceberg and tomato. And they provide a dressing as well that doesn't come out of a bottle one can find at a supermarket (ranch dressing or any of that junk). The rice was also flavorful - it was more like the dirty rice than the morros y cristianos. While it was flavorful, they did provide a huge heap of rice with my meal. Tostones came with the meal as well - and they were okay, nothing special. The meal came with two sauces (there's a third if you order fish). I didn't really use them since the food was already tasty, save for the one for the fish, which was kind of like a spicy tartar sauce - I liked it that I wish they had given me more.

                Prices really were surprisingly low - very affordable. Most of the huge entrees were going for less than $10. Oh and don't expect much in service. I don't think they even seat people in the restaurant - they seem to focus on to-go orders. When I told them that I wanted to eat in the restaurant, they looked at my food in the styrofoam box and then at each other as if they didn't know what to do with it. I assumed they didn't even have plates since I didn't see one plate anywhere around and they had run out of so many things. To-go it was. Luckily I don't live too far so the food was still hot.

                While this is a good restaurant, with tasty food, I'm curious to how it compares with Tap Tap, a place I haven't been to yet. I imagine Tap Tap is more tourist friendly than this run down establishment, but food-wise, I'm curious as to how it compares.

                1. re: mialebven

                  Chez Rosie serves food more like what you would find in Haiti.. I've had the pleasure of traveling to Haiti a few times (and, no, not to a cruise ship stop in northern haiti). The food in Haiti is actually quite good - and I was brave enough to even try the food cooked right on the street (griot is usually cooked roadside). Tap Tap serves a more americanized (IMO) opinion of that food... and while I haven't had bad food at Tap Tap - - I can't be bothered to go there unless friends insist upon going or some of the musicians I know are playing.

                  I prefer Chez Rosie's food (do try the fried shrimp and the sauces that come with them). On those rare occasions when the Chef gets his barbecue grill going - take whatever he has on the grill -- yummy!

                  1. re: mialebven

                    man you missed out on the sauces. They're great with that food (or on the rice)