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“why all the hype?” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Michael's Kitchen

Michael's Kitchen
304 Paseo del Pueblo Norte Ste C, Taos, NM 87571-6321
+1 505-758-4178
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Ranked #13 of 108 Restaurants in Taos
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
Description: A family run restaurant and bakery in business for the past 37 years and still cooking! A menu of mouth-watering American and Spanish dishes, we serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
Los Angeles
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“why all the hype?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2008

Perhaps we just had a bad day here, but when our family stopped at the famed Michael's Kitchen for lunch this past summer (Aug. '08), our experience was anything but stellar.

To begin with, getting through town was a challenge (lots of traffic!). But one can't blame the restaurant for its location at the north end of town. Still, having fought the traffic just to get to the place, we had our hopes set pretty high. Here's how they were dashed:

1. Food Quality: pretty poor, even given that the prices are reasonable. The chicken patty on the sandwich was incredibly dry; the enchiladas were way too cheesy; the kid's item for our son combined soggy green beans, overdone pasta, and green salad -- all one one warm plate. BTW, perhaps they just expect you will want fries, since if you order the salad with an entree, it is served on the warm plate next to your warm sandwich (or whatever you have ordered).

2. Not-so-friendly for kids: The Frommer's guide we had listed this as one of the three places in Taos that is kids friendly and the awards on the wall listed the restaurant as such. However, with no crayons to be had nor anything to color on, I'm guessing the only reason it is kids friendly is because they let kids into restaurant and have menu items specifically for kids (even though the item our child ordered was about as bad as it could be).

3. Flies: It may be challenging to keep out the flies in the summer, but where we sat we saw probably ten flies in our near vicinity.

We've eaten here twice in our lives -- this past summer and another time five years ago -- and we won't be back soon. Surely, there are better eats to be had in Taos.

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English first
Manheim PA
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“A wonderful, friendly awesome place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2008

Michael's is , as my granddaughter says, awesomely good! We stayed two weeks in Taos and ate at Michael's many mornings. The waiters were friendly, competent and helpful. Both breakfast and lunch was a delight. Portions were huge, too big really. The quality of the food was excellent. Do try the sopapillas, we topped off every meal with a few, and they were wonderful.

Michael's should be on your "don't miss it" list. Do try their baked goods too.

Dr. Lew J.
Manheim PA

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Colorado Springs, Co
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“food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2008

We stopped by Michael's because our friends told us it was a must to go there to eat. The food is fine, just don't order the blue corn pancakes. I ordered this for breakfast but It was dry and boring. The bakery selection is GOOD.

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Raton, NM
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“Great Indian Tacos!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2008

We are from New Mexico, but this was our first time at Michael's. My son and I both had the Indian tacos with half red and half green chile. It included rice, a little salad garnish and guacamole. The plates were quite large and very good. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Taos.

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Kansas City
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“Good enough to go every morning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2008

We were recently in Taos for the marathon and Michaels' kitchen provided such good food and service that we didn't even bother trying anywhere else. We ate there all three mornings we were there! By the third morning the wait staff made us feel as if we were regulars. They also have an extensive menu...something for every palate. Enjoy!

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