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Photo courtesy of Genuine Hospitality Group

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Photo courtesy of Genuine Hospitality Group
The Design District’s dining OG — Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink — continues to impress. Restaurateur Michael Schwartz’s strategy can be summed up in six simple words: Serve fresh food, prepared with care. That “genuine” philosophy earned him a James Beard Award in 2010. Though he has since assembled a small restaurant empire, Michael’s Genuine remains the purest expression of the chef’s culinary ethos. The menu changes seasonally, but expect classics such as wood-oven-roasted octopus, house-made tagliolini with Calabrian chilies, and crispy pigs’ ears. New Normal: Michael’s offers seating in its expansive breezeway, an outdoor space that’s sheltered from Miami’s infamous sudden storms. There’s no pleasure quite like dining outdoors, safe and dry, with a thrumming rainstorm providing the soundtrack to your meal.

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