A Food Lover’s Guide to Dining at Michaels

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Your Go-To Spot for Fresh, Delicious Cuisine in the City

As a self-proclaimed foodie who loves discovering new and exciting restaurants, I was thrilled when Michaels opened its doors in our city. Ever since my first visit, this lively restaurant has become my go-to spot for fresh, innovative cuisine made with high quality ingredients. Join me as I share an in-depth guide to dining at Michaels, from the mouth-watering menu items to the cozy yet upscale ambiance.

The moment you step inside Michaels, you immediately feel the energy and buzz of a popular neighborhood eatery. The interior is tastefully decorated with exposed brick walls, pendant lighting, and rustic-chic furnishings like wood tables and leather booths. Bar seating provides a front-row view of the open kitchen, where chefs prepare the Michaels menu from scratch using seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients.

Speaking of the menu, it offers a tempting array of starters, salads, sandwiches, mains and desserts. There are classic favorites as well as more adventurous dishes, with options to satisfy carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike. Let’s explore some of the highlights.

If you’re craving something decadent to kick off your meal, you must try the burrata. This rich mozzarella is served warm, topped with sweet cherry tomatoes that provide the perfect burst of acidity to cut through the creamy cheese. An herb-infused olive oil brings the simple ingredients together beautifully. Another stellar starter is the prosciutto bruschetta, which piles creamy ricotta, tangy balsamic onions and savory cured ham atop craggy toasted bread.

The salads at Michaels are anything but boring. The roasted beet salad mixes tender greens with earthy beets, crumbled feta and candied walnuts for texture. My personal favorite is the watermelon and feta salad – juicy melon cubes pair remarkably well with the briny bite of feta and a champagne vinaigrette. For a heartier meal starter, try the shaved Brussels sprout salad garnished with sliced almonds and crispy pancetta.

When it comes to sandwiches, Michaels offers mouthwatering options whether you want cold or hot. The Italian sub layers capicola ham, salami, provolone, banana peppers, lettuce, tomato and zippy oil and vinegar on a toasted hoagie roll. For a hot sandwich, the open-faced BBQ pulled pork hits the spot with succulent pork shoulder dripping with housemade barbecue sauce and topped with crispy fried onions on Texas toast.

Moving on to main courses, the menu has something for every craving. Carnivores will swoon over the coffee-crusted filet mignon, a tenderloin capped with a crispy espresso rub and served with garlicky herb butter to melt over the steak. Seafood lovers can dive into seared scallops with a bright pea puree and crispy pancetta garnish. The homemade linguine Bolognese makes for a hearty, soul-warming Italian classic.

Vegetarians are well cared for at Michaels. The truffle mac and cheese makes for an indulgent main with creamy cheese sauce and pasta topped with fried shallots and chives. For a lighter option, the ancient grain bowl combines quinoa, farro and a rainbow of roasted vegetables for a healthful and satisfying meal. Vegan diners also have an impressive array of options like the coconut curry chickpea stew or the farmhouse vegetable flatbread overflowing with caramelized onions, cremini mushrooms and roasted red peppers.

While Michaels may be best known for dinner, weekend brunch here is a must. Sit on the charming patio to enjoy brunch cocktails like bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys. Menu highlights include fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes drizzled with blueberry compote and whipped mascarpone. For a savory choice, nothing beats the smoked salmon eggs Benedict with perfect poached eggs nestled on English muffins piled high with smoked salmon, lemon dill hollandaise and everything bagel seasoning.

With so many incredible savory dishes, it can be tough to narrow down dessert – but I urge you to save room! The salted caramel pot de crème is rich and decadent, with the contrast of flaky sea salt. For a lighter option, the lemon panna cotta provides tangy brightness from luxurious citrus curd and fresh berries. Of course, the indulgent molten chocolate cake with vanilla gelato oozing from the warm center is always a crowd-pleaser.

Michaels recognizes that dining choices can make or break an evening for some patrons. As such, the restaurant provides ample options to accommodate various dietary needs and restrictions. Gluten-free and dairy-free diners will find dishes clearly marked and prepared to avoid cross-contamination. Michaels takes pride in working closely with guests who have severe allergies – just alert your server and the chefs can design a custom meal for your needs.

For guests on plant-based diets, Michaels marks vegetarian, vegan and vegan-possible selections on the menu. You can feast on dishes like the chickpea coconut curry and farmhouse vegetable flatbread without worry. Just note that while gluten-free and plant-based diets are well accommodated, Michaels’ kitchen does handle nuts, seafood and other common allergens. As always, inform your server of restrictions or concerns upfront.

Lively conversation paired with excellent food and drink makes Michaels an ideal spot for gathering with friends or family. Solo diners can belly up to the bar for good food and a cocktail while reading or getting some work done. With a range of seating options in the dining room, at the bar and on the patio, it’s easy to find the perfect table for your group’s size and occasion.

Speaking of groups, Michaels also offers full-service event spaces to host celebrations, corporate events, rehearsal dinners, birthdays and more. The charming exposed brick loft space accommodates up to 200 guests for a cocktail-style reception or 120 seated dinner guests. With audiovisual capabilities, stylish decor and sumptuous food and beverage packages, it makes for an atmospheric venue tailored to your vision. Events staff will handle all the details so you can simply enjoy the party!

Now that you have a complete overview of the menu, drinks and ambiance, let’s get into some key details for planning your meal at Michaels. This popular spot does book up, especially on weekends, so reservations are strongly recommended. The easiest method is to book online through Michaels’ website, which allows you to request a specific time and see which tables are available. You can also call ahead to secure reservations.

Walk-ins are always welcomed, but you may encounter a wait at peak times. Whether you have reserved or walk in, I recommend showing up 10 minutes before your target time to get settled. The hostess stand is located at the front entrance, where you can confirm your reservation or get on the walk-in list.

While reservations are suggested, Michaels maintains plenty of first-come, first-served seating at the lively bar. This can be a good option if your group is flexible – pull up a few barstools and enjoy drinks and bar bites while you wait for a table. The atmosphere here is casual, energetic and perfect for getting the evening started.

Michaels is located right downtown, which makes it convenient whether you live locally or are visiting our city. There is metered parking along the streets around the restaurant, which is free after 6pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. Two parking garages are located within 2-3 blocks if you don’t score a street spot.

For public transportation, Michaels is easily accessible. Two bus lines stop a block away, and the nearest train station is just a five minute walk down Main Street. With rideshares like Uber and Lyft, it’s a breeze to get dropped off right at the entrance. Valet parking is offered Thursday through Saturday nights for $15, which saves you time hunting for parking.

Now that you know how to get there, when should you visit? Michaels serves dinner seven nights a week starting at 5pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant stays open until midnight to accommodate late-night cravings. One of my favorite times to dine is in the early evening around 5:30, when I can enjoy a leisurely dinner before the huge weekend crowds arrive.

Weekend brunch is also a fantastic option, served Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Brunch tends to get busy around noon or 1pm, so I suggest arriving when doors open at 11 if you want a more relaxed pace. Mimosa pitchers and bloody marys flow freely to jumpstart your day!

Whether you’re dining out for a special occasion or seeking an everyday neighborhood eatery, the dress code at Michaels is casual. Most guests wear neat, tidy casual attire – think jeans or sundresses, button-downs or blouses, nice sandals or boots. While totally casual in vibe, I suggest avoiding items like torn clothing, ballcaps and athletic jerseys.

Michaels wants you to feel comfortable and have fun, so the focus is on tasty cuisine in a relaxed setting. Of course, you are always welcome to dress to the nines for a swanky date night! The atmosphere seamlessly adapts from casual first dates to champagne-fueled celebrations.

Speaking of first dates, Michaels is a perfect spot for an introductory romantic dinner. The energy strikes an ideal balance – lively enough for stimulation, but intimate tables and conversation-friendly acoustics allow you to get to know your date. Stellar drinks, sharable plates and phenomenal food pave the way for connection. A few cocktails at the bar can break the ice before settling into dinner.

For couples celebrating anniversaries or other occasions, the romantic ambiance enhanced by candlelight sets the mood beautifully. The attentive staff ensures your meal goes smoothly so you can simply relax and enjoy each other’s company. Make reservations in advance and request a quieter table in the back corner or on the patio for maximum privacy.

In summary, Michaels Restaurant offers an excellent dining experience from start to finish. The contemporary but cozy setting paired with chef-driven cuisine keeps locals like myself coming back, while also attracting enthusiastic newcomers. Artisanal cocktails and an extensive wine list complement the menu perfectly. Whether you’re seeking happy hour snacks, brunch with friends or a special date night, Michaels exceeded expectations across the board. I cannot wait to see what new dishes and events this restaurant dreams up next – because for this foodie, Michaels will always be my first choice for fresh, delicious fare in a lively but laid-back setting.

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