A friend and I were staying in downtown Miami for business/pleasure. While perusing the vast shopping district looking for food, we finally settled on Johnny Rocks. We agreed to split a pie (as opposed to the many other items offered.) The staff was friendly and courteous, and I suspected the owner to be an authentic New Yorker. Based on this observation, I answered "New York" when asked "thin or thick crust." While waiting, we were treated to a generous helping of some unexpected complimentary garlic bread. I'm not sure whether this is the norm or not but it was still a nice gesture, especially since we hadn't actually spoken much with the staff except to order the pie and some drinks. Ten or fifteen minutes later one of the most delicious pizzas I have ever eaten showed up. Just the right balance of crispy and tenderness describes the crust. The sauce and cheese were good as well. Ours was topped with pepperoni and sausage. Anyone who has been to Miami knows the VAST amount of wonderful dining on South Beach. The day after discovering Johnny Rocks we were fulfilling the "pleasure" part of the trip. As we became hungry, we started walking down ocean ave trying to decide who was to get our business. It's kind of a hard decision there because there is one gourmet restaurant after another. We decided that what we REALLY wanted was some more Johnny Rocks. We hailed a cab from Miami Beach to downtown to fulfill this need. When we arrived back, we discovered that the store was closing. Apparently downtown Miami closes early on Saturday and is pretty much shut down on Sunday. We saw the chef (Johnny?) outside socializing as we walked up. We told him how bummed we were about them closing and that we had taken a taxi from South Beach specifically for some of his pizza. He appreciated the compliment and immediately offered us his own dinner slices that he had prepared for himself. They had already swept and had the chairs on the table so he pulled a couple down for us and fed us. My friend and I like to dine well. We know what good food is. Johnny Rocks drew us away from one of the most diverse dining districts I have ever seen. To top it off, Johnny Rock's prices are very reasonable.
I found Mike's recently looking for somewhere different to go. Well, to my surprise, Mike's has been around for almost as long as I've lived in Kendall and I had never gone there all though I'd been over in that strip mall many times. However, after eating there, I was not surprised that they were listed in Zagot's 2008 issue. The decor is so-so and it's small but the staff is fun (we like to joke with the serving staff). andyou forget all about the decor and the size. We usually have pizza and so far, every pizza we've tried has been excellent. They could make the crust a little crispier, like real NY pizza ... where you can pick up one of their huge slices and it doesn't droop at the tip... but it's crispy enough. I don't know if it's accidental or if the greeter is there all the time, but the door has been opened for us and we've been cheerfully invited in every time. If you haven't tried it, give it a try, your taste buds will thank you for it. Yvonne PS: The cheesecake is to die for! I'll have to try the Trimisu next time.
Stone fired pizza right in my neighborhood,yes! Had my first pie delivered last night (and it won't be my last) a margarita(tomato,mozzarella and basil) and it did no disappoint. The pizza was perfectly well-done and the sauce and toppings offered a delectable treat. I had to force myself NOT to eat all 6 slices. The best pizza in West Kendall,and I have tried many of them. An extensive menu that includes soup,sandwiches,pasta,salads,specialty gelato ice coffee drinks and more. Happily,for vegheads like me,plenty of choices. Equally impressive is the owner's commitment to the planet and giving back to the community by staging art shows once a month and contributing a portion of the profits to Global Green and assorted charities. Be nice to see other local restaurant owners follow this business model. I will certainly support this establishment and recommend it to my friends. Have to rate it 4 and a half to 5 stars even though it was my first time experiencing it.