In August and September, Spice is Nice with Miami Spice!

Dishes from Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink’s Miami Spice Lunch Menu

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!

Say Cheese: Ella Pops Savory then Sweet for National Grilled Cheese Month

You know it well, and it’s oozing daily from our light and airy café’s cheese wheel house.  Grilled cheese!  Inspired by our menu staple as a base, ella lays down a special savory and sweet variation to close out National Grilled Cheese Month.  We’re ready to double down on the melty, magical combination of parmigiano, gruyère and fontina.  Beginning today, until Sunday, April 23, we roll out the savory side with BBQ Short Rib Grilled Cheese with pickled onions (13).  On Monday, April 24,  we swap for salty-sweet with Apricot Jam-Brie Grilled Cheese with bacon (12).  Ella will continue to offer its familiar favorite while running the alternating specials, Parmigiano-Crusted Grilled Cheese with caramelized onions and tomato jam (11).  Follow @ellapopmiami for all the gooey details.  Best enjoyed on a bench in the breezy shade of the Miami Design District’s Palm Court.

140 NE 39th Street
unit 136
Miami, FL 33137
ellapop.me  786.534.8177

GrubHub Drives the Delivery Trifecta at Harry’s Pizzeria® & Ella Pop Café Beginning Now

Our mini billboard in the Design District

Our mini billboard in the Design District

The people have spoken! You want Harry’s Pizzeria® and ella pop café delivered.  So we are upping our game today by adding an additional top notch delivery service to our quiver — GrubHub, now live as of 11AM.  Just like with UberEATS and Amazon Restaurants, our full menus are available for these Genuine brands, as are all locations.  Click the links below to get to our pages lickety split:

Harry’s Pizzeria Design District
Harry’s Pizzeria Coconut Grove
ella pop café

Grub it up!

Grub it up!

Grubhub is the nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company dedicated to connecting hungry diners with local takeout restaurants. The company’s online and mobile ordering platforms allow diners to order directly from more than 45,000 takeout restaurants in over 1,100 U.S. cities and London. Every order is supported by the company’s 24/7 customer service teams. Grubhub has offices in Chicago, New York and London.  Those of you who have lived in NYC may be familiar with Seamless — that’s one for its brands, too.

We look forward to hearing what you think, and how GrubHub compares to our current suite of delivery options.  Here is a link to its FAQ in case you have questions about ordering and the service!

For This Pastry Team, Working Smart Means Cross Training with Donuts

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The 9 a.m. donut handoff! Ella GM Sandra Pepin receives the goodies from MGFD’s pastry chef MJ Garcia.

Every morning Pastry Chef MJ Garcia gets into Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink around 5:45 a.m. and takes survey of her stock.  Then it’s time to cross train.

“If I ran a special that had pastry cream the day before, I’ll use it for a donut at Ella,” she explains.  “The other day we did butterscotch pudding here, so that became the filling for a chocolate glazed there.”

Restaurants like Michael’s flagship with its vast menu and myriad meal periods require a lot of rotation of product. MJ’s cross training routine makes for a fit operation, one with limited waste not at the expense of creativity. It’s a canvas that offers an outlet for new ideas to develop with discipline and structure because they are built on making something special from what’s around. “If you think about it from the culinary side, donuts are like the soup,” she points out.

Since our light and airy café first opened in late spring last year, the “Ella Daily Donut” (#elladailydonut on Instagram) has become a fixture in the display case, coveted for its surprising array of flavors and formats.  It was around the time MJ rejoined The Genuine Hospitality Group after a four year hiatus from Miami in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with husband (and now Cypress Tavern Chef de Cuisine) Max Makowski.  Her first placement was at ella, where she learned a tremendous deal about desserts in a retail environment, not to mention the benefit of direct customer feedback at the counter.

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Rainbow of Flavors: Here, lemon and coconut ensconced on their perch in the morning light.

“I noticed things… saw the pastries and how they were behaving.  Fresh fruit like strawberries will look fantastic in the morning but they wilt and go pale by the evening,” she recalls observing.  “You have to think how many hours a particular donut is going to stand up.  At 7 p.m. closing it has to look as good at as it did at opening. So you have boundaries.”

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Sometimes the donuts would be too big or too little.  MJ made note of all these things at ella, and translated them to improvements on that offering, not to mention best practices for her department at large at Michael’s Genuine.

“You have to keep a lot of factors in mind while you do these seemingly simple things,” she continues. “Yeasted donuts are more irregular in the way the dough behaves and there is more room for error.  It can overproof which creates big air pockets which can explode in the frier!  You also have to be careful not to overwork the dough which will develop gluten and produce a tough, dense result.”

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Lemon Meringue donut in all her oozy glory; the perfect ratio of filling to fried dough dusted in sugar and laden with sticky, caramelized meringue topping.

The preparation of the yeasted dough is a one day process with bulk cold fermentation in large tubs to develop flavor, refrigerating overnight. Then she rolls it out and punches it, and waits an hour before frying. But as important as the foundation may be, the ultimate test is in the merchandising… read: decoration.

“Decoration is everything,” MJ agrees.  “We eat with our eyes, so when building the donut we play with color, texture and form, from punched or filled, to toppings like chocolate crunch balls and Oreo cookie crumbles.  If I made lemon lavender syrup and I have lemon juice, I’ll make a Lemon glaze and add coconut flakes. People love cookies and cream, and chocolate always makes sense on weekends!”

MJ says her team, helmed by pastry assistants Alexandra Sarria (lead) and Chelsea Hillier, “harass the Instagram” for feedback from customers, as well as those who post their own photos of the donuts. This feedback mechanism is invaluable, since they aren’t at the café to interact when people are eating them.

“Cypress sometimes gets leftovers, so my husband will let me know how they are and what his team thinks. It’s hard sometimes, so we take what we can.  Of course there’s the morning crew at Genuine. Those guys are a great source of feedback, especially when you catch them sneaking the scraps!”

The Genuine Hospitality Group Job Fair | Summer Edition

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It’s that time again!  We are excited to announce our summer job fair, which will take place Thursday, June 23  at our corporate headquarters in the Miami Design District.

We are laser focused on growing the company with great people, and regular job fairs are a perfect way for representatives from each restaurant to meet with potential candidates.  It’s all about finding the right fit.

We are looking for dependable, reliable, passionate and professional staff members with great attitudes and personalities to join the team! If you are committed to delivering an exceptional dining experience and enjoy working in a dynamic environment, apply in person with your resume.

The fair will recruit for all front and back of house positions including restaurant manager, host/hostess, barista, pizza cook, line cook, sous chef, server, bartender and busser. The Genuine Hospitality Group restaurants include Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, Cypress Tavern (American Grill & Cocktail Bar), ella (light and airy café), and Harry’s Pizzeria® (neighborhood American pizzeria).

Questions? Email careers@thegenuinehospitalitygroup.com.