Eat Local Miami 


130 NE 40TH Street

Miami, FL 33137

In searching for a nice spot to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday, we ended up at Michael’s Genuine—a chic, dim-lit, fabulous spot in the up and coming design district. Frequented by celeb diners and raved about by many including New York Times Food God Frank Bruni, I had to try this place for myself. And in all honesty, I wish I wasn’t writing this post for my site. I want Michaels Genuine all for myself. It’s just too good to share. Then again, that wouldn’t be fair to my fabulous foodies out there.

Once we took our seat, we were immediately greeted with a friendly smile and a brief intro about the menu’s dishes and sizes. Basically the Small dishes are single serving appetizers, Snacks and Medium dishes are appetizers and salads that can serve 2 -4 people, Large dishes are a traditional entrée and the Extra Large dishes are entrees to be shared by two people. Just a tip: try to sample a few dishes instead of getting an entrée per person...

We tried something from each size. The Giant Prawns were amazing. Lightly salted and buttered, they melted in your mouth. And if you like chicken wings, an order of them with cucumber sauce is a must—we should have ordered two;The Farm Fresh Pork Chop with pureed turnips and apple chutney – another winner; the Short Ribs with garlic mash potatoes-to die for and the list goes on and on especially when it came to dessert time.

Since we had to get our hands on the desserts we order two and to tell you the truth we probably need to get two more!  We shared the Tangerine Pot de Crème served with a piece of pistachio baklava and candied tangerine peel. And although it was a hit, it was the  Chocolate Cremoso with sea salt, olive oil, sourdough crostini and espresso parfait –that took the cake. It was the best dessert of the night!

 A bright and talented Chef, Michael Schwartz knows what he’s doing. I can’t say it enough. Michael’s is outstanding. Make sure you make reservations and show up on time because this place gets packed-even on weeknights. Set a date and invite some friends or go it alone even-- just make sure you go because Michael’s Genuine is downright genuinely delicious, genuinely fabulous.  


Lunch: Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: Monday & Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

I cannot believe it took me this long to try Ortanique. This is a restaurant you can easily fall in love with. In fact, Ortanique on the mile is true to its name.Sweet and exotic, an ortanique is a hybrid orange native to Jamaica. The moment you walk in, you feel like you've been swept away to a paradise island. Beautifully decorated, the warm orange glow of the tiny spider-like lamps makes it truly romantic...perfect for an intimate chat.

The menu provides a culinary journey to the spice islands and the food doesn't disappoint. The "Cuisine of the Sun" will delight your palette in the creative, passionate melding of Carib-Euro-Asian influences served by the friendly waitstaff who's more than eager to please.

You cannot skip the mojitos. They are fabulous! But a word to the wise, drink slowly they pack a punch! The conch appetizer was fresh and delicious. Melts in your mouth. Try the Guava Smoked Salmon...mmmm... or the pork chops. They were so thick, the chef had to butterfly them.

Before making your selections, note the entrees with an asterix... they belong to the prix-fix menu. Ortanique lets you have an appetizer, entree and dessert for a mere $36.00! What a deal for such delicious cuisine.

Hats off to the head chef, Cindy Hutson, for perfecting the fusion of Latin and Caribbean cuisine. I cannot say it enough: Ortanique on the Mile is amazing. True to its name, it’s sweet, exotic and definitely a local gem.