Hailing from Greece and Turkey, with a nod to home cooking and heritage, the Mandolin Aegean Bistro is owned by Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis. The couple could autonomously relate to music of the Mandolin, which was played by a family member in each of their Greek and Turkish families and now hangs in the bistro as a symbol of union. The couple pays detailed attention to the ingredients in their food, served from an on-property garden that grows tomatoes, peppers, greens and herbs. Menu must haves include the Greek sampler and Kefte, which consists of grilled beef and lamb meatballs.
With a message of ‘fresh, simple and pure,’ Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink was one of the first popular and successful dining establishments in Miami’s Design District. With a body of staff that is serious about food from the intake to the outtake, Michael’s works with local fishermen, ranchers and artisans to procure a rotating menu that is as delectable as it is sustainable. Some menu favorites include duck hash parsley aioli, poached duck egg; shrimp & grits roasted tomatoes, chorizo, kale; bananas foster French toast and the kimchi bloody Mary. Michael’s offers a well-rounded lunch, dinner and brunch menu.