An All American Summer at Michael’s Genuine® Begins with Burgers & Brats for Fourth of July Week & Miami Spice

Lychees arrived and mangos are beginning to hit now, but the true sign of summer is when monster calabaza of all shapes, sizes and coats of paint roll in, a jaunty color guard roll for Michael’s Genuine ingredient wall.  Well, they’re here, and so are two opportunities to take advantage of the season at our flagship: Fourth of July Week specials and Miami Spice.

Jaunty alright.

Burgers & Brats for Fourth of July Week — From Monday, July 2 to Sunday, July 8 for lunch and dinner only, Chef de Cuisine Tim Piazza is bringing back his cheeseburger of 2017 National Burger Month fame and adding a dog companion.  The All American Double Cheeseburger includes 2, 4oz patties, American cheese, bacon, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and pickles on a Martin’s potato roll for $22.  In the dog department we have Bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard on a Martin’s potato bun for $16 with choice or fries or greens.  At dinner, it’s plated with grilled sourdough.  We fancy.

Miami Spice — From August 1 to September 30, enjoy weekly-changing 3-course prix fixe menus. MGFD will offer lunch for $23 Monday through Thursday and dinner for $39 Sunday through Thursday, including supplements from our regular menu at special prices for those who partake in this annual city-driven restaurant promotion. Highlights include Crispy Okra with pimento cheese, Steak Salad with kimchi, butter lettuce and peanuts, and Marinated Cherry Tartine with roasted shallot, fresh ricotta and thyme. For lunch, it’s really just about the return of the Falafel Wrap. Having gone down the Instagram rabbit hole to no avail, we take solace in beholding her soon once again for all the world to see and enjoy.


Summer Sizzles at Amara at Paraiso with New Happy Hour, Outdoor Bar & Miami Spice

Celebrate Miami’s most vibrant season with new ways to relax, enjoy and savor it on the waterfront all summer long at Amara.

Mezcal Colada puts the pineapple in the coconut and then some!

Happy Hour – Beginning Monday, July 2, the Amara bar and beach get even more welcoming with our first ever Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30pm Monday through Friday. Enjoy the best restaurant view in Miami for a little bit longer with Assistant GM Maria Pottage’s 4 new $10 classic cocktails with a tropical twist, half price oysters and snacks from Chef Michael Paley, $4 Cusqueña premium Peruvian lager beer and half price wines by the glass. Stand outs include poppable, craveable specialty, the infamous Yuca Cheese Puffs, as well as new Albondigas meatballs, White Ayocote Bean Spread with green garbanzo, chimi spice, lemon crème fraîche, seeded cracker, and rotating select oysters.  View full menu here.

Bartender Angelo, shaking things up.

Waterfront Bar – Gather by Biscayne Bay to eat, or simply sip on something refreshing. The Amara Beach’s new satellite bar offers a place for guests to order drinks outside, Friday and Saturday from 6pm – 12am.  Enjoy on its beachfront chairs or plush lounge area couches without having to dine in or wait for a reservation. Notable beverages being served include a selection of wine, beer and cocktails including Calm before the Coconut, Tulum Spritz, Pisco Punch, Dreaming of Oaxaca and Monkey Business. Happy hour is available on Friday with its specific cocktails and beverage offering until 7:30pm.

Arroz Verde is a South American twist on the familiar Korean rice dish — a delectable comfort food full of flavor and fun to mix at the table.

Charred Carrot & Avocado salad with goat cheese, cilantro toasted pumpkin seeds, one of Chef Paley’s appetizers, is a tasty Spice route with which to lead.

Miami Spice – Participating for the first time this August 1 – September 30, Amara is taking Miami’s restaurant week seriously (delicious) with new menu items in a weekly-changing $39 three-course prix fixe dinner menu. Served Sunday through Thursday, Paley’s most notably new dish out of the gate is the show-stopping Arroz Verde, a South American take on the Bim Bim Bop, cilantro rice served sizzling in a stone bowl with toppings to mix up like wood-grilled hen of the woods, earthy mushrooms, cubes of cucumber, shaved carrots, avocado, shaved jalapeño, pickled red onion, shredded kale, cascabel chile paste and creamy egg yolk.  Click here for the beginning menu.

All menus are subject to (welcomed!) change. For more information on summer activities including Fourth of July celebration, please visit our website and to stay on top of changing menu items, follow Amara at Paraiso on Instagram.

Keeping the Miami Spice Season Real with Subject to Change Menus at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink

At Michael’s Genuine, the city’s annual Miami Spice restaurant promotion is about doing it right, or not doing it at all.  It’s what we’ve come to expect Michael to harp on each summer as it approaches, and we’re glad he does.  The reminder serves a few purposes.  For the kitchen, it’s a call to action for the chefs — they better understand why we participate and have seasoned guide rails to kick off the process in the right way. The opportunity forces the kitchen to work within a formula that encourages critical thinking on everything from cross utilization of product to how to incorporate seasonal ingredients that are available and abundant. The objective is to offer guests a great value, something they want to eat that isn’t just a prix fixe thrown together from what’s on the menu already, and a reason to come back to try something new with weekly changes. Chef de Cuisine Tim Piazza and Pastry Chef MJ Garcia have heard the call loud and clear.

“It’s important we create a well-balanced offering, not phone it in,” Michael explains.  “We look closely at what makes the most sense to execute with the greatest benefit to our guests.  Sometimes having a structure like this can be a great tool for smart creativity.  If we do it right, Spice can be a platform to introduce new dishes to our regular menus.”

MGFD will offer Miami Spice Lunch ($23 – Monday-Thursday) and Dinner ($39 – Sunday through Thursday) including a choice of Appetizer, Entrée and Dessert from August 1 to September 30. In addition to the 3-courses included in Miami Spice, the restaurant will also run a selection of dishes from its regular menu as optional supplements at special prices. The Genuine Hospitality Group Beverage Manager and Sommelier Amanda Fraga will feature a cocktail for $10, with accessible wines highlighted from the wine list for convenience on the back of the Spice menu. Pricing is not inclusive of tax and gratuity, and menus will change regularly throughout the two months to fully embrace the program the genuine way.

Our initial menus are above, but when we go live Tuesday, August 1, they will be available and updated as weekly changes are made at

Fi’lia Takes Over Miami Spice at Michael’s Genuine® Monday, August 29 — Sunday, September 4

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Michael’s decadent Crespelle, Italian crepes laced with tender short rib and baked with some of our favorite melting cheeses — taleggio and fontina.

MIA_Spice Fi'lia Dinner 2016After introducing guests to his new concept with events at Cypress Tavern and Harry’s Pizzeria®, Michael is opening the flagship doors in the Miami Design District to share a taste of what he’s been cooking and eating heading into the opening of Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz at SLS Brickell!

Guests of Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink partaking in the restaurant’s Miami Spice dinner will experience a taste of Chef’s soon to debut Italian restaurant Fi’lia in a $39 3-course prix fixe beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday August 29 to Sunday September 4, adding Friday and Saturday nights to the Miami Spice offering for that week.  In addition, the Michael’s Genuine bar will offer a Fi’lia specialty cocktail, Just Tell Me, featuring Casamigo Reposado, Campari, and Dimmi Liquore di Milano for $11. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. Our a la carte dinner menu will also be available. To book a reservation call 305.573.5550 or email

Just Tell Me is part of Fi'lia's bottled cocktail line up. Measured just right, and quick to serve -- just like we like it.

Just Tell Me is part of Fi’lia’s bottled cocktail line up. Measured just right, and quick to serve — just like we like it.

Opening in October at SLS Brickell, Fi’lia will showcase Schwartz’s fresh approach to Italian food, with handmade breads and pasta, and an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Fi’lia will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and feature honest Italian food highlighting fresh ingredients from the hearth and the simplicity of handmade artisanal breads and pasta. A meal begins with a crusty loaf, presented with olive oil and oregano snipped at the table. Rustic pizzas from the wood oven showcase beautiful produce in season in special combinations. Caesar salad is tossed tableside in a shower of shaved parmigiano from a roaming cart, with the smell of toasted garlic croutons reminding you of how satisfying and memorable the classics can be. Cocktails are refreshingly uncomplicated, balancing a focused wine list that appeals to the knowledgeable diner of Brickell, celebrating Italian regional varietals and American wines with an old world sensibility. For more information, please visit

Schwartz’s Miami Spice is Twice as Nice with Michael’s Genuine & Cypress Tavern

Prawn Perks! Cypress Tavern's Supplements at a special price include this wood-roasted giant!

Prawn Perks! Cypress Tavern’s Supplements at a special price include one of these wood-roasted giants!

It’s never too early to start planning your Miami Spice must-visit list come August 1, so we have our menus ready to throw into the ring!  Value and variety make it twice as nice in 2016 at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink and Cypress Tavern, where Michael and our chefs will offer quality ingredients, favorite dishes and new items for Spice Dinner at two of The Genuine Hospitality Group restaurants in the Miami Design District.  We’re ready for your report cards!

“For me, Spice is about doing it right or not doing it at all,” Michael explains. “It’s important we create a well balanced offering that showcases the best of our menus with what’s available during summer, and to encourage the chefs to use it as a platform to introduce new dishes and get creative within the boundaries of the format. We look closely at what makes the most sense to execute with the greatest benefit to our guests.”

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Click for MGFD’s full sample menu!

This year during the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual restaurant promotion from August 1 to September 30, Chef’s flagship neighborhood bistro, Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, will offer Spice Dinner Monday through Thursday and Sunday.  Spice Dinner will also be available Tuesday through Friday and Sunday at Cypress Tavern, his American Grill & Cocktail Bar.

In addition to the choice of 3-courses included in Miami Spice for $39, each restaurant will also run a selection of dishes from its regular menu as optional supplements exclusive for Miami Spice takers at special prices.  The Genuine Hospitality Group Beverage Manager and Sommelier Amanda Fraga will feature a cocktail at both locations for $10, with accessible wines highlighted from the wine list for convenience on the back of the Spice menu. Pricing is not inclusive of tax and gratuity, and menus will change regularly throughout the two months to fully embrace the program the genuine way.

Michael’s Genuine (130 NE 40th Street) and Executive Chef Bradley Herron will kick off dinner with a choice of Appetizers including Grilled Peaches with stracciatella, arugula pesto and saba, Wood Roasted Florida Shrimp with shaved fennel, citrus, and basil, or Beef Tongue a la Plancha with whipped potato and salsa verde; Entrées include Housemade Bucatini with rabbit bolognese, porcini fondue, thyme, Wood Oven Roasted Snapper with chorizo, crushed tomato, chickpeas, saffron aioli, and sourdough crostini, or Slow Roasted Short Rib with calabaza purée, charred & pickled onions, and pumpkin seeds; Dessert brings Vanilla Kulfi with mango, rosewater-ginger syrup, and pistachios, Chocolate Mousse with salted caramel, housemade marshmallows, and peanut butter crumble, or Cheese with accompaniments including apricot-saffron jam and walnut raisin bread.  Dishes that guests love to order to share were chosen as Supplements showcase essential parts of the Genuine experience, with the benefit of savings off the regular price. Guests can complement their meal with Black Truffle Pizza from the wood burning oven with taleggio, caramelized onions, and thyme ($17), and from Michael’s now iconic raw bar, a Miami Spice Platter of 
four oysters, four clams, shrimp cocktail, today’s ceviche ($29.)

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Click for the full Cypress Tavern sample menu.

Down the street, Cypress Tavern (3620 NE 2nd Avenue) Chef de Cuisine Max Makowski begins with Appetizers including Gem Lettuce with Florida citrus, pistachio, and aged goat cheese, Tuna Crudo with fresno chili, avocado, lime, or Grilled Beans with harissa vinaigrette, marcona almond, and crispy leeks; Entrées feature Grilled Hanger Steak with corn, grilled leeks, and confit potato, Local Fish with wood grilled summer squash and herb nage, or Wood Grilled Leg of Lamb with gigante bean, roasted tomato, and cipollini onions, or the simple perfection of the restaurant’s sought after Cypress Burger with onion marmalade, Jasper Hill Landaff, and thrice cooked fries; Dessert finishes sweetly with Apple Galette topped with vanilla ice cream and bourbon caramel, Chocolate Pot de Crème with whipped cream and brioche croutons, or Cheese Plate with apple chutney, spiced nuts, and honey.  Supplements are favorites including Wood Grilled Giant Prawn with roasted chile salsa ($17) and Duck Confit with French lentils and bitter greens ($16.)

For more information, menu items and photos as they are updated throughout Miami Spice, please visit our Miami Spice page here and follow #genuinemiamispice on Instagram. To make a reservation at Michael’s Genuine, email or call 305.573.5500. For Cypress Tavern, email or call 305.520.5197.