Design District Restaurants
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2 Ave., Design District
Husband and wife Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis opened this warm, inviting restaurant in a restored 1940s bungalow in the Design District in 2009. In the years since, they've established themselves by serving up excellent, simple Mediterranean food. In addition to the property's garden, where they harvest their own seasonal ingredients, the 150-seat space boasts a beautiful outdoor dining area and a bakery. Small plates include grilled octopus, pickled beet roots, and keftedes; there are plenty of fresh salads to choose from in addition to heartier offerings, like lamb gyro or the whole grilled Mediterranean sea bass.
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
130 NE. 40 St., Design District
James Beard Award–winning chef Michael Schwartz opened his namesake restaurant in the Miami Design District in 2007, and it still draws a lively but laid-back crowd (the area is otherwise quiet at night when the shops and galleries close). The menu, which draws on local ingredients, is straightforward and good: crab, oysters, heirloom tomatoes with burrata, wood-oven roasted fish, chicken, and steak. Sit at one of the outdoor courtyard patio tables.
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