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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