Michael Mina's Pizza & Burger Finds Permanent Home at Fontainebleau
Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina, the savory summer pop-up from nationally acclaimed star chef Michael Mina that took over Michael Mina 74 in June, will now have a permanent home at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The affordable and approachable concept inspired by Michael Mina’s own backyard kitchen has been a huge success with guests and locals alike and as a result, will continue to operate beyond its originally slated closing date.
“We are thrilled to see how much our guests and visitors have embraced the Pizza & Burger pop-up concept,” says Philip Goldfarb, president and COO of Fontainebleau Miami Beach. “We are truly grateful to be continuing our partnership with Chef Michael Mina and are excited he has created a concept unlike anything else at Fontainebleau. We are delighted to make Pizza & Burger a permanent fixture here and welcome it to our award-winning lineup of successful restaurants.”
The restaurant will be one of two Michael Mina concepts located in the famed hotel. “Pizza & Burger has quickly become a place where families and friends, locals and visitors alike, come together for a good time and great food and drink in a relaxed environment, we are excited to watch it thrive in such an iconic Miami Beach property,” says Chef Michael Mina.
Whether it’s a friendly get-together, family dinner or after-work libations, Pizza & Burger is the perfect spot to kickback and relax. Tables are adorned with games, a lively atmosphere and upbeat music, making guests feel like they are at a casual backyard bash with a menu to match the vibe. Newly appointed Chef de Cuisine, Timothy Elmore brings a fresh approach to Pizza & Burger’s kitchen. Helming from Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle Resort, the chef brings passion and 10 years of restaurant experience to Pizza & Burger’s menu of made from scratch, farm-fresh, multi-ingredient pizzas, burgers and large plates. Diners can also design their own salads from a checklist of fresh ingredients and choose from an array of crave-able snacks.
Now open seven days a week, Pizza & Burger will uphold MM74’s reputation as one of Miami’s cutting edge eateries. Social Hour is offered daily from 5 to 7 p.m. Imbibers can indulge in buy one get one for $1 cocktails, half-priced beers and $5 wine specials. Both classic and specialty cocktails are available, including Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, and Martinis as well as innovative concoctions such as the Stiggin’s Cup made with Pimm’s #1, Bombay Gin, Plantation Rum, pineapple, lemon and ginger; Train Wreck with Hennessy Cognac, mango, Dry Curacao and lemon and the Zombie made with Plantation Overproof Rum, Bacardi, Gosling’s 151, pineapple, cinnamon and lime. Beers on tap are all exclusive to local brewers while bottles and cans are mostly brewed in Florida and daily wine by the glass specials are selected by the sommelier.
To begin, snacks and shares ($8-$14) on offer include The Wings—smoked and slow cooked with hot sauce and honey; Lobster Corn Dogs—grain mustard and crème fraiche; and The Nachos—salsa roja, beef chili, egg, avocado puree. Burgers ($17–$22) include the MM74 a dry-aged burger with double-smoked bacon, American cheese sauce, lettuce and secret sauce as well as specialty burgers like The Cuban Frita—beef, chorizo, smoked paprika aioli and crispy potato. For an alternative, diners can chose from options like The Hippie Chick—marinated and grilled eggplant, tomato jam, crispy zucchini and red onion labneh (Greek yogurt) and Haloumi cheese or The Ocean—Korean BBQ Salmon, Kimchi, cucumber, jalapeno and cilantro. All burgers can be customized with additional toppings and condiments ranging from fresh mozzarella and crispy bacon to foie gras and butter-poached lobster.
Pizzas ($17—$39) range from classic pies made with fresh ingredients to delicious multi-ingredient masterpieces. Options include The Standard—crushed San Marzano tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil and sea salt; The Surf with butter poached lobster, chanterelle, charred cauliflower and summer truffle and The Farm topped with bacon, egg, Yukon gold potatoes, Bermuda onion, Crimini mushroom and smoked mozzarella. Grandma’s Style Pizzas—extra-large pies—like the Grandma the Butcher—a focaccia crust, soppressata, pepperoni, bacon, hot coppa and peppadew peppers are perfect for larger groups and families. Seasonal specials will also grace the menu.
Choose from a variety of individual or family style salads ($12—$28) including The Caesar, The Greek and The South Beach with baby kale, radicchio, arugula, grapefruit, avocado and basil dressing. Guests can also design their own Market Salad where you can select up to ten items from a list of greens, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, nuts, seeds, croutons, dressings and vinaigrettes and add-on your own proteins ($9—$14) including Gulf prawns, King salmon, grilled skirt steak and free-range chicken.
Guests looking to indulge in hearty large plates will enjoy options such as the Beer Battered Fish & Chips—green tartar sauce and malt vinegar fries; Slow Cooked Bone-in Short Rib—eggplant, ricotta, basil; and the Double Cut Pork Chop—apple butter, braised mustard greens.
Diners would be wise to save room for dessert with indulgent options including Key Lime Pie and Baked S’mores.