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Is Michael's Genuine worth leaving the beach?

Michael's Genuine has been on my list for the last two trips here, but after our spectacular meal at De Rodriguez and another planned meal at Ola, we're thinking we might not want to pull out the car. Well DH is thinking that. Is there another restaurant in walking or busing distance of Sobe that we should try. Been to Talula and Indomania and Osteria and Sardinia (forgot about that one). I guess DH would liike a good steak, but I've yet to read a review here of a steak place that sounded worthwhile Is there a not to miss fish anywhere within walking or busing distance?
BTW the drinks and the lunch food we've had here at the SOBE Marriot have been outstanding for a hotel restaurant. Especially the drinks.

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  1. Meat Market and BLT Steak are both good as far as South Beach steakhouses go, and for seafood, Altamare has a good focus on local product, with a chef who used to be at Michael's Genuine; actually, the chef at BLT Steak is also an MGF&D alum.

    But I do think MGF&D is worth a visit.

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    Meat Market
    915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

    South Beach Cafe
    121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      What about RED the Steakhouse? I heard they are doing very well and the place is solid. Can anybody out there can confirm B4 I make the investment...please.

      1. re: netmover

        RED is extraordinarily solid when it comes to steak. The best I've had in town lately...

    2. Both Meat Market and BLT Steak put out some amazing steaks. Frod gave the new Forge a thumbs up. While their menu has been completely revamped, they still have the steak named best in the country by Wine Spectator.

      As for fish, there is always Joe's.

      Michael's short rib with romesco on top is one of my favorite entrees in the city.

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      Meat Market
      915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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      1. re: mikek

        Michael's is just minutes from the Beach......not like you're driving or hopping a cab to Naples!....lol....Worth the trip.....

        EMac

        1. re: mikek

          They are not amazing. Sardinia's ribeye is better than the steak I had in both.

          1. re: tpigeon

            I politely disagree. I have actually been underwhelmed with every meal I have had at Sardinia, and unless you go on a quiet, off night, that wood oven can be a bit too crowded and not allow the over to get hot enough.

            The steak I had at BLT Steak was really, really good. Meat Market's espresso rubbed filet was tender, flavorful, well seasoned and perfectly cooked. The sides at both, on the other hand, left a lot to be desired.

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            Meat Market
            915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

            1. re: tpigeon

              Sardinia's ribeye is not better than the steak at Meat Market. I've not been to BLT.

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              Meat Market
              915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

              1. re: Blind Mind

                There is a reason MM advises you to drench their steak in sauce. Nuff said.

                1. re: tpigeon

                  I've never had a drop of sauce on any steak at Meat Market.

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                  Meat Market
                  915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

          2. Was discovering America worth Christopher Columbus leaving Spain?

            Was starting the NASA program worth being the first to land a man on the moon?

            Is the need for oxygen worth opening your airways to breathe?

            If your answer is "yes" to any of the above, you have your answer.

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            1. re: Blind Mind

              Yes to all of the above. No to leaving the beach for Michael's. Nobody was blown away by anything he or she had. I was, however, dying to know where the forager forages and for what he forages.

                1. re: stuartlafonda

                  Here's what we ate at Michael's Genuine:
                  DD had the pork shoulder which she described as $24 worth of fat and a side of brussel sprouts made much like I make them at home--roasted with bacon. Mine are better.
                  I had the double yolked egg with gruyere and a BLT salad--heirloom tomatoes, one thick slice of bacon and frisee. The tomatoes were good. Also had a strawberry basil caiparhina
                  DH had tuna tartare appetizer and slow cooked then grilled short ribs and two glasses of wine. When we were trying to remember what he had the next night (at Ola) we couldn't remember. Service was excellent--in fact all of the service we've had in Miami has been top drawer.
                  I just much preferred every morsel of the dinners we had at Doug Rodriguez's restaurants. Anyone in this discussion who hasn't tried them, go immediately!

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                  1. re: VAfoodie

                    I'm with you on this one VAfoodie. I much prefer Dougie's cooking to Michaels. We are probably in the minority on this board though? And I ALWAYS prefer to stay on the Eastside of the causeway! Though I must say things are really starting to POP over on the Westside with the emergence of midtown, the design district, Upper Eastside, Wynwood and Brickell.

                    1. re: netmover

                      sadly, I can't say I'm a huge fan of either, but I typically prefer Michael's to Rodriguez. I think his newest restaurant on the beach was a sham.

                    2. re: VAfoodie

                      Just a side note here on the service comment - has anyone else noticed that service in local restaurants seems to have improved markedly over the last year or two? We used to warn visitors to be prepared for the lackluster attention they would experience here, but I sense that as the quality and attention to detail in the food has improved, so has the quality of the waitstaff. Or am I just adapting?

                      1. re: onthelam

                        I was at a party last week and that was actually a topic of conversation. Sugarcane, which pretty much just opened, had a well-trained waitstaff almost off the bat. Everyone thought that generally service was getting better around the city. There's still those "only in Miami" experiences, but their now becoming much less frequent. Maybe something's in the water?

                        1. re: lax2mia

                          I think now that we are seeing more chef-owned or chef-centric restaurants that the quality of service is going up in Miami. The servers actually seem knowledgeable about the menu, preparations, etc. It's a good thing.

                      2. re: VAfoodie

                        I actually think that Michael's has gone a bit downhill in it's quality the past few trips I have had there. One brunch was forgettable, one lunch was downright bad and one dinner was pretty mediocre as well.

                        1. re: VAfoodie

                          I had the pork shoulder as well and while there was way to much fat the meat was excellent. It came with a side of the best cheese grits I have ever had, I thought the blue cheese,bacon, tomato and frisee was inspired and delicious. I put it all on some of their crusty french bread and was very happy. I'm surprised you weren't wowed by the egg dish. A gooey mess of yolk,cheese and tomato, I have not seen it anywhere else and it was also delicious. Tangerine pot de creme and cremosa were a near perfect end. I thought the food combinations were unique and well thought out and most importantly, delicious. The fact that so much of the food is locally sourced and fairly priced makes this a must try spot.

                  2. Landed in Ft. Lauderdale and drove directly there before heading to Delray for the night. Food was good enought that I drove back on Sunday for brunch then spent the day on South Beach(dinner at Joe's Take-away)before driving back to Delray for the night. Having missed my chance the last two times i was in South Florida this winter I was determined not to wait till next year. I'm glad I didn't wait.

                    1. For Karen and me it's worth the 50 mile drive from Boca.