As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to email@example.com. After the jump, find our other choices.
30. Crispy Rice Cake at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
A dish that requires a leap of faith, as it tastes nothing like what the name implies. The "rice" component tastes more like a creamy risotto that's been deep-fried, to hold in all the really important parts. This beauty is filled with salty chunks of chorizo, sweet local rock shrimp and manchego cheese ($14). Chef Schwartz serves it with a side of spicy tomato aioli that he whips up from scratch, of course. He then tops it with a farm fresh egg, sunny-side up, so all that runny goodness seeps into the "rice cake" below. The components blend together superbly; a crave-worthy plate day or night.
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