On a recent vacation, the hubby and I found ourselves strolling through the Miami Design District, where apparently all the style-obsessed play. We asked the valet for lunch recommendations and he pointed us to Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, owned by celebrated chef Michael Schwartz. Though in the heat of the lunch rush, we were immediately seated in the bar area at a lovely window, perfect to people watching. The cozy restaurant was alive with conversation and laughter, as waiters buzzed about patrons like watchful bees in a sea of flowers.
I ordered the crispy rice cake and chicken liver crostini. Undoubtedly, the crispy rice cake was the best meal I’d eaten on the entire vacation. With a perfect outer crust surrounding a warm, savory center of chorizo and Florida rock shrimp, and an over easy egg perched on top, it would be understandable if I ordered a second course (but I refrained).
The chicken liver was also rich and delicious, though I prefer the thicker mousse at Elizabeth Street Cafe back home. If you’re shopping in the Miami Design District and need to refuel between stops at Louis Vuitton and Prada, I highly recommend Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.