Behind The Line: Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Get ready as Short Order takes you behind the line and into the kitchens of some of Miami's top restaurants. Today we visit Michael's Genuine Food and Drink in the Design District. Listen for the random quotes from the kitchen in this exclusive photodocumentary that gives you one hour glimpse into the inner workings of a world famous restaurant on a Tuesday at noon.

THASCHWARTZ.jpgChef Michael Schwartz:

"I'll take two soups all day, hang a fish."

"The bacon, we cure it 10 days and then smoke it twice a week."

"I have a forager who works everyday getting me the best lettuces, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, eggplant....Florida has a great long season, better than the rest of the country, we buy local as much as possible. Our favorite farmers are Paradise Farms and Bee Heaven."

PASTRYCHEF.jpgPastry Chef Heidy Goldsmith:

"I get here at definitely have to be passionate, but I think so much of it is putting your head down and just doing it."

"The food is simple. We use really good quality ingredients."

LINE2.jpgLine Cook James (no hat):

"I used to work on the Beach doin produce delivery, but I came out here while they were still building and asked for a job. That was 2 years ago and I've been here ever since, and its been busy everyday, even during hurricanes."

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-- Jacob Katel

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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as and He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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