We were visiting Miami last year this time and had dinner at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink based on the great press here on Chowhound. We were not disappointed — absolutely loved the place. Here now and dined there last night and tonight. Last night was good, but not as good as it was last year. But still a cut above the typical Miami fare. Tonight, we were kind of stumped as to where to go and ended up going again by default. Honestly, it was a real disappointment. First of all, the service was terrible. The panzanella salad was awesome, but the pasta I ordered was almost inedible (meat sauce and escarole mixed together — just didn't work) and I wanted some cheese and had to ask for it three times. The place just seems to have lost its magic. The menu seems unfocused and all over the place. The service last year was so earnest and caring. This year, it seems kind of loose and average. Not like the staff is loving what they do and cares about your experience. The ice creams and sorbets last night was truly lackluster. Last year, I ordered a dish with a baked onion, ground lamb and raisins. This year, it wasn't even tasty. Onion was undercooked, filling was kind of tasteless.
Michaels, I loved you and told all my NY friends to visit. This year, I have to reconsider. Hey, any other ideas out there for exciting dining in MIami. We have one more day!