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Your favourite dishes at Michael's Genuine?

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I have just had a peek at the dinner menu and almost everything appeals to me (!). What are some of the great dishes to help me when I go? Thanks.

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  1. The whole grilled snapper is fantastic. I also love the beet salad, Brussels sprouts, devilled eggs and the dessert with the little doughnuts. It is one of my favourite places in Miami and is consistently wonderful.

    1. The menu changes often around the edges though there are many stalwarts. There are also lots of posts that will give some hints, here's a search that will turn up several:

      http://www.chow.com/search?query=mich...

      1. Any fish, whole or otherwise, that comes out of that wood oven is fantastic.

        Tough to name favorites because I eat there frequently and usually order what is new to the menu for me (it changes daily) but here are some staples:

        Snacks:
        crispy pig ears
        hominy
        chicken liver crostini
        duck rillettes

        small:
        house salad
        double yolk egg
        ceviche

        medium:
        wood fired octopus
        crispy rice cake
        pasta (changes daily but it's usually terrific if you're in the mood for pasta)
        heirloom tomatoes/burrata(stracciatella)
        crispy pork belly
        any fish dish
        mussels

        large:
        pizza (if you're so inclined - great share as a starter too)
        any fish, whole or otherwise
        pork shoulder
        leg of lamb
        poulet rouge chicken (I've never had but people rave about it)
        steak au poive

        XL:
        whole fish
        poulet rouge chicken (ditto)

        sides:
        cauliflower w/ parsley sauce
        squash w/ anchovy butter
        brussels sprouts w/ pancetta

        1. I would rarely choose chicken as a first choice when dining out, but after a friend who's dining choices are always spot on raved about the poulet rouge, I had to try it. It is THE BEST chicken dish I have ever eaten anywhere- period.

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          1. re: sfeatz

            The whole roasted chicken is excellent, one of my favorite meals in town. It is a riff on the classic roast chicken from Zuni Cafe in San Francisco; I've had them both, and think MGFD's is better.

          2. Just wanted to report back on our dinner last Saturday evening. Everything was top notch, as expected.

            We shared everything. Had the octopus, blt salad (delicious), brussel sprouts with crispy pancetta (wow!), squash and the whole roasted yellow eye snapper. The entire meal was great. The octopus portion was on the skimpy side, but it was grilled to perfection - 2 small pieces. Our server was so enthusiastic and made the dinner very enjoyable.

            1. Some terrific dishes Mrs CFB and I enjoyed at a recent lunch... photos attached...

              Michael's Homebrew American Ale

              Stracciatella – Heirloom Tomatoes, Creamy Inside Stuff of Local Burratta, Basil

              Crispy Sweet & Spicy Pork Belly kimchi, crushed peanuts, paradise farms pea shoots

              Peaches Wrapped in House-Smoked Bacon, Broiled with DuChilly Seattle Hazelnuts (Holmquist?)

              Pan Roasted Half “Poulet Rouge” Chicken, wood roasted vegetables – Wow - best chicken ever, especially the thigh section.

              Wood Roasted Fish of the Day (Wreckfish), provençal vinaigrette & sautéed escarole - Hats off to Chef Niven

              Chocolate Cremosa, sea salt, olive oil, sourdough crostini, espresso parfait - Wow Hedy Goldsmith

              Panther Coffee

               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
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              1. re: CFByrne

                Wow...That looks like a phenomenal lunch! Was this a tasting menu or were you ordering off of the regular menu?

                1. re: LiveRock

                  Everything shown, except the bacon/peaches which was a special, is on the regular lunch or dessert menus.

                  But yes, I was very pleased with everything.

                  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7mkikgcjdc...

                  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7mkikgcjdc...

                  1. re: CFByrne

                    CF: our photos have seduced me into a probable lunch stop at Michaels en route to The Keys next week....could I ask you to clarify the photos in the lineup, please?

                    What is the dish at the far left, second row?

                    And where exactly is that chicken?

                    Anyone else have thoughts on dishes for weekday lunch?

                    Easy to park in the area for weekday lunch? Thanks!!

                    1. re: erica

                      Photos clarification. The chicken dish is one of their more famous from what I understand, and it lived up to it IMO.

                      Top row left to right:

                      Michael's Homebrew American Ale

                      Stracciatella – Heirloom Tomatoes, Creamy Inside Stuff of Local Burratta, Basil

                      Crispy Sweet & Spicy Pork Belly kimchi, crushed peanuts, paradise farms pea shoots

                      Peaches Wrapped in House-Smoked Bacon, Broiled with DuChilly Seattle Hazelnuts (Holmquist?)

                      Bottom row, left to right.

                      Pan Roasted Half “Poulet Rouge” Chicken, wood roasted vegetables – Wow - best chicken ever, especially the thigh section.

                      Wood Roasted Fish of the Day (Wreckfish), provençal vinaigrette & sautéed escarole - Hats off to Chef Niven

                      Chocolate Cremosa, sea salt, olive oil, sourdough crostini, espresso parfait - Wow Hedy Goldsmith

                      Panther Coffee

                      1. re: CFByrne

                        That is what I call a roast chicken! Many thanks!

                        1. re: erica

                          After sampling the roast chicken, I would include this dish on any list of essentials. Not, perhaps, in the exalted class of NoMad in NYC, but pretty darn wonderful!!!

                          NOTE:Avoid fork fights..order one chicken per person!!!

                          Vibrant, international crowd at weekday lunch.......Miami at its best....we hope to return.

                          Also ordered a rigatoni with pesto and wood-cooked wild shrimp.

              2. The best dish I've ever had at Michael's was a small plate Snapper Collar. Nice wood char, and some of the tastiest bits of the fish. I wish it were on the menu more often!

                1. I love Michael's ahd haven't had a bad meal there. It is the one place that I absolutely have to have dessert. Even if you are not a dessert eater, just get dessert!!! Fabulous!!!