A few years ago, the name Michell Sanchez would have meant nothing to a South Florida foodie. Today, they know the Latin House Grill chef-owner for more than just his restaurants. Many of his followers -- patrons during his Miami food truck days, where he got his start -- are still obsessed with the same dishes that made him famous: giant, deep-fried burritos, specialty flattons, or brownies fried in dough and smothered in a sweet, condensed milk. These days, Broward County residents can discover these dishes -- and the chef behind the creative, Latin-inspired menu -- at Latin House Grill in Pembroke Pines. In 2012, Sanchez sold both his food trucks, and took the plunge into the restaurant world, opening his first brick and mortar restaurant in Brickell. The menu -- an extension of the food truck's favorite items with new specialty dishes added to the mix -- became an instant hit. To this day, his original family-built staff is still involved. His mother continues to prepare many of the menu items fresh each day, as well as the sofrito (a recipe even Sanchez doesn't know), while his sister hand-rolls each brownie (another secret recipe) for the restaurant's popular balls of fury dessert. But the quintessential Latin House dish remains the "mad love" burger, a shout to Sanchez's favorite WuTang song lyrics. Today, the chef says it's a term he uses to describe how he feels about everything in his life.
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