The Juicy Schwartzy Burger – $25 at both Miami and Cleveland locations available all day on Wednesday, September 18 (National Cheeseburger Day)
It’s no secret we love a great cheeseburger at MGFD. We’ve lost track of how many lists and rankings there are corroborating this, but one thing is for sure… the people have spoken and we’re giving them what they want. Double meat and a whole lot more! National Cheeseburger Day kicks off the following new ways to enjoy burger favorites in Miami and Cleveland, beginning Wednesday, September 18:
LETTING THE GOOD JUICE ROLL FOR NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY: Enjoy a special cheeseburger all day long inspired by Chef’s love of juice in all its forms. The Juicy Schwartzy will be available at lunch and dinner in Miami and Cleveland for $25 and features our house made pastrami, thousand island dressing, pickled red cabbage and melty gruyere sandwiched between a butter-griddled brioche roll. Yum! This burger is all about the meat, 3 oz. of beautifully brined beef brisket sizzling on the searing-hot griddle beside an 8 oz. house ground black angus patty (50/50 brisket and chuck).
LAST CALL, MIAMI! Last two hours before close? Take a juicy bite out of it! Enjoy an all new late night happy hour celebrating our favorite burgers. Monday – Thursday guests can join us at the bar from 9-11PM for the restaurant’s signature Genuine Bacon Cheeseburger as well as a rotating special burger only available during the Last Call window. Purchase includes Happy Hour pricing on drinks (1/2 off cocktails, wine and beer)!
WINE DOWN CLEVELAND: Wine Wednesday the juicy way! All guests dining at the restaurant on Wednesdays now enjoy half price bottles from our wine list all day long. The Genuine Burger and a Wednesday-only rotating special burger, beginning with the Juicy Schwartzy, come with happy hour pricing on drinks at the bar from 4:30PM until close!
It was my first time at the commissary, and I was in for a treat. As I finished my drive and parked my car outside, right “next to the Empanada place”, the sun was beginning to rise. When I walked in I saw a bustling hive of early rising folks. Everyone is working to complete the prep list of the day before Jean brings the van to whisk everything away and deliver it to the restaurants. Billie Eilish plays in the background. Let’s break down my time here into numbers:
10 people working here. Each with their own task for the day. There’s Myrtille Quillien, head pastry chef for Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Amara at Paraiso and Ella Pop Café. Then Yesenia, her assistant and master donut maker, a dealbreaker for Myrtille when she transitioned in her new promotion from Amara, their former home. CJ is the commissary manager, handles savory production and makes sure all orders are accounted for. Micheline and Nancy work on short rib and pig ears, while Marie is on the fryer for potato chips. Joceline washes dishes, while Stacy and Alex roll out cinnamon rolls and make coconut cake filling. Lastly, Jean loads up the van and makes the rounds dropping off the goodies to each restaurant. Each unique. Each essential to the process working right.
9 things I can see being made when I walk in. Cinnamon rolls, financiers, quiches, coconut cake, mayonnaise, pig ears, short rib, donuts, and potato chips. The days list doesn’t end there though! Many more items are made throughout the day.
8 steps to the coconut cake. 1- Bake the cakes 2-Cut them into sheets for stacking 3- Lay down the first sheet, brush with syrup 4- add frosting to each layer 5- repeat with all of the layers 6- frost the whole cake 7-cover in coconut flakes 8- torch the coconut flakes. This cake is a dessert at Amara and is sometimes featured in Ella’s pastry display.
7 am call time. I am not a morning person, so you can imagine my sentiments. But these are baker’s hours. Myrtille gets here around 5 and is a self-proclaimed early-bird. She went to bed at 8 pm the night before!
6 colors of Fruity Pebbles. Yesenia spent hours at home separating the colors of the cereal in order to make a special rainbow donut. Then, she meticulously places them to create a beautiful and cheery design. Painstakingly perfect, just like the rainbow that appeared in the sky as we left later!
5 people help load the truck around 8. The definition of genuine teamwork! From the meditative state of getting through the morning prep list, the energy shifts into high gear as the morning’s haul is rushed into the van, quickly tallied with any missing items handed off in a flurry as Jean steps on the gas to make his delivery rounds. Phew! Everyone takes a small break before prepping for the next day.
4 trays of eggs in the Combi oven for mayonnaise, dialed in with a recipe that ensures perfect every time with zero breakage! Fun fact: we make our own mayo. Not so we can write “house made” on the menu (we don’t) but because it tastes better, is extremely cost efficient and is easy to make!
3 stops for Jean to make in the van: Michael’s Genuine, Ella Pop Café, and Amara at Paraiso. Everything is delivered fresh daily!
2 perfectly zested lemons by Myrtille. As she was stirring her almond Financier dough and folding in the fragrant flecks, I looked over to see two of the most perfectly zested lemons I’ve ever seen in my life! Myrtille was taught by a woman who spent hours zesting oranges to make orange sugar. All white pith, no sweet peel to be found, nor wasted. “It’s my special technique!” she exclaimed.
1 cup of French Press coffee. After the Commissary’s espresso machine was taken for to Tigertail + Mary, Myrtille took matters into her own hands and brought her mini French Press when Culinary Director Bradley’s idea of Mr. Coffee didn’t sit well. Good coffee is a must when your alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning!
The end of July means Miami gears up for the best time of the year to be a restaurant guest – Miami Spice! This year, from August 1st to September 30th, Chef Michael Schwartz and company serve up four times the fun: Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, Amara at Paraiso, Tigertail + Mary, and Traymore by Michael Schwartz at the Como Metropolitan Miami Beach, making this the biggest Genuine Spice participation to date! From ever-changing new menu items, to cocktails and wine, 3-course prix fixe menus will roll out at each restaurant for lunch and dinner, as well as our favorite bonus: supplements from our regular menus offered at special prices exclusively for Spice diners. Keep reading to learn about some highlights from each menu!
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (Miami Design District) and Executive Chef Dillion Wolff kick off lunch with Appetizers like Wild Boar Sugo Toast with whipped ricotta and basil on grilled sourdough bread. Entrées include dishes such as Open Blue Cobia Tacos with avocado crema, cabbage slaw, and crispy hominy on a flour tortilla. Dinner starts with Appetizers like Smoked Fish Dip with housemade pickles and fried saltines, and follows with Entrées such as Grilled Lamb Leg with yogurt marinated tabouleh, herbs, and jus. For both lunch and dinner, complement your meal with our Supplements– dishes from our regular menu such as a Truffle Pizza with porcini fondu, roasted wild mushrooms, fontina, taleggio, and thyme. Finish off with Desserts like a Mango Tarte Tatin with rosemary-honey ice cream. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.
Lunch is Monday-Thursday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Monday-Thursday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Smoked Fish Dip
A short drive away, Amara at Paraiso (Downtown Miami/Brickell Area) and Executive Chef Michael Paley maintain the fresh approach to bold Latin American flavors with their Miami Spice menu. For lunch, start with an Appetizer of Rock Shrimp Ceviche with avocado, lime, tajin, and totopos; next, pick from our three Entrées including a Quinoa Salad with sweet plantains, toasted cashews, baby heirloom tomato pork belly, and aji panca crema. Joining us for dinner? Have an Appetizer of Heirloom Bean Spread with sesame, sugar snap peas, and serrano chile corn flour cracker and choose an Entrée of Grilled Local Fish with crispy chimi potatoes, salsa verde, and grilled lemon. For both lunch and dinner, finish your meal with a Chocolate Flan with dulce de leche, cashews, and cocoa nibs. Or, choose our Arroz con Leche with Panela, buñuelo, and mango. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.
Lunch is Monday-Friday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Sunday-Thursday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Arroz con Leche
As bohemian neighborhood restaurant Tigertail and Mary (Coconut Grove) celebrates its first Miami Spice, Executive Chef Stephen Ullrich’s menu stays true to the restaurants local and vegetable-focused menu. For lunch, choose an Appetizer of Roasted Okra with crispy leeks and tomatillo and an Entrée such as the Garganelli pasta with broccoli pesto and peperoncino. Dinner starts with Appetizers like the Coddled Egg with lobster and mushrooms. Choose an Entrée such as the Charred Hangar Steak with escarole, crispy shallots, and Calabrian chimichurri. For both lunch and dinner, complement your meal with our Supplements– dishes from our regular menu such as a Steak Tartare with smoked egg aioli, potato chips, and chives, or the fan-favorite Rock Shrimp Pizza with manchego cheese, chorizo, and escarole. Finish off with Desserts like a Chocolate Brownie Bomb with milk chocolate mousse and roasted banana gelato. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.
Lunch is Monday-Friday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Sunday-Thursday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Last but certainly not least, Traymore by Michael Schwartz at Como Metropolitan Miami Beach (Mid-Beach) has Miami Spice Menus that reflect its Pan-Asian flavors and use of seasonal ingredients. Lunch kicks off with Appetizers including Crispy Duck Wings with a black pepper-soy glaze, carrots, and celery. Choose an Entrée such as the Steamed Main Blue Mussels with coconut, ginger, green sambal, purple basil, and black rice. Come time for dinner, our Appetizers feature dishes such as a Pork Belly Steamed Bun with togarashi aioli, cucumber, and pickled onions and our Entrées include choices like Wok Charred Bavette with chili fried brocolini, black rice, and miso butter. For both lunch and dinner, finish your meal with a Curry Banana Bread with chocolate crumbs, rum sauce, and house-made vanilla ice cream. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.
Lunch is Monday-Sunday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Monday-Sunday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
For more information about Miami Spice, visit the official page here and be sure to follow our unique hashtag #genuinemiamispice to discover these dishes and more on Instagram! Our menus will change regularly to make sure you can try something new with each visit. We will see you soon!
This weekend, it gets salty in the sweetest of ways at our lush neighborhood retreat in Miami’s oldest bayside village. Join Chef Michael Schwartz for exciting and delicious activities to celebrate mango season in Coconut Grove. Click below for the scoop… because you’re invited!
CARRIE MANGO TREE DEDICATION: Saturday, July 13 at 11am
It takes a village! Join Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell, Chef Michael Schwartz, The Kampong Director Craig Morell, our Park Grove friends and award-winning food writer, Miami native and mango enthusiast Victoria Pesce Elliott for a short and sweet ceremony honoring the National Tropical Botanical Garden that calls Coconut Grove home with a tree we can all stand behind. Learn more about our new addition to the front lawn here!
IT’S GETTING CROUGHNUTS IN HERE: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14 from 8am to 3pm
Michael’s Croughnut collab with our friends at The Salty Donut is too yummy to miss! Not to mention, grammable. Check out what happened when Miami’s beloved James Beard Award-winning chef mashed up with the city’s favorite artisanal donut shoppe! Watch a winning recipe come together behind the scenes on The Salty Donut’s IG. Friday’s donuts are on us! Limit one per guest, while supplies last.
You may have figured out we love an illustration or two especially art inspired by our surroundings, so we are especially excited to share in the mango fun with another local plant-obsessed friend of the Genuine family, Jessica “Pooka” Suarez. Enjoy her original Carrie Mango design gracing limited edition high quality stickers this weekend. Each special Croughnut comes with one special sticker, a treat for our guests while supplies last!
Good morning, July! On the heels of the introduction of fresh pasta at Genuine Pizza in Aventura, Harry’s Pizzeria’s menu is getting a summer sheen, adding fresh pasta in a few different forms, five new salads for a total of seven, and new entrées like juicy Chicken Paillard, flash cooked in a ripping hot pan with loads of veggies including broccolini and hearty farro. To start, dip into next level new snacks like panko-breaded crispy mozzarella sticks, large but fluffy with ample zesty tomato sauce for dipping and luscious avocado crostini brightened with a hit of Calabrian chile and lemon zest.
Don’t miss sweet endings like Banana Nutella Pizza, Tiramisu, and Hot Fudge Sundae with vanilla ice cream, wet nuts, amarena cherry and whipped cream, joining Harry’s favorites like Zeppole and Warm Chocolate Chunk Cookie.
Stop by first at our Coconut Grove location where the new menu goes live beginning today and later this summer at Chef Michael Schwartz’s locations South Florida-wide. Visit Harry’s Instagram as we showcase new items on the regular!