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Michael's Grill & Taqueria


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner


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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Freshly prepared tortilla chips smothered w/ melted cheese, refried beans, chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, sour cream & guacamole. So classic-we don't mess w/ a good thing.
Half-dozen light & crisp rolled beef tacos. Served on a bed of fresh lettuce & topped w/ shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped tomatoes & scallions
7-Layer Dip
A plate of our refried beans, topped w/ red chile sauce, melted cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole & chopped green onions. Warm chips to dip
Big flour tortilla grilled w/ monterey jack cheese & mild roasted chilies. Side of salsa & sour cream.
Guacamole & Chips
California avocado growers thank us for this one. We smash perfectly ripe haas fruits w/ fresh tomato, snowy white onion, cilantro & zesty lime.
Appetizer Salad
Fresh leaf lettuce topped w/ tomatoes, shredded cheese & scallions. Side buttermilk-garlic dressing or salsa vinaigrette.
Blackened Shrimp Tostada Platter
Crispy corn tortilla layered w/ black beans, spicy blackened shrimp, fresh shredded iceberg lettuce, cheese & salsa fresca. Side lime-cilantro sauce, 2-scoop guacamole & some of that delicious rice.
Old School Tostada Platter
Crisp corn tortilla topped w/ refried beans, shredded lettuce, salsa fresca, cheese & sour cream. Choose from charbroiled chicken, blackened chicken, shredded beef or veggie style. 2-scoop guacamole & rice on the side.
Fajita Salad
We start w/ a basket of fresh greens, topped w/ grilled onions & peppers. Next we pull a steak or chicken breast oft the fire-slice it & stack it. The sides are chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, guacamole, sour cream & buttermilk-garlic dressing. Eat it up w/ warm flour tortillas.
Taco Salad
Crisp flour basket filled w/ fresh cooked refried beans, choice of meat, crisp shredded iceberg lettuce, cheese, salsa fresca, sour cream & guacamole.
House Burrito
Packed w/ charbroiled jumbo shrimp, blackened chicken, rice, cheese, pico le gallo & roasted tomatillo-chile sauce. Topped w/ more of that tangy sauce, chopped cilantro & two squeezes of fresh lime. Guacamole, rice & black beans.
Blackened Burrito
We grab a breast of spicy cajun chicken-right out of the skillet, wrap it up w/ salsa & cheese & then smother it w/ our red chile gravy. Sour cream, guacamole, rice & black beans on the side complete this favorite.
Charbroiled Burrito
Same as the blackened burrito above, except we use charbroiled steak or chicken breast.
Carne asada to make big combo
La Playa Combo
Charbroiled shrimp, blackened chicken & a cheese enchilada. We lay'em out w/ a platter of salsa fresca, lime cilantro sauce, rice & black beans. Warm tortillas on the side. You can also
Carne Asada Plate
Fresh choice steak, thin cut, marinated in our peppery citrus marinade & then flame cooked. You’ll get a red chile cheese enchilada on the side, along w/ guacamole, salsa, rice, black beans & warm tortillas.
Blackened Shrimp Quesadilla
Spicy seared shrimp is grilled w/ monterey jack cheese, roasted mushrooms & scallions. Topped w/ fresh cilantro & lime slices. Sour cream, guacamole, rice & black beans.
Ranch House Quesadilla
Pan‎ roasted mushrooms, charred red potatoes, mild fresh chilies & melted cheese. Fresh cilantro crowns this tortilla wonder. Guacamole, sour cream, rice & black beans. Add chicken or steak for a little extra cash!
Burrito Vegetable
We stuff it w/ rice & black beans, then load it up w/ salsa, cheese, chopped tomatoes & charbroiled onions. Covered in red chile sauce, shredded cheese & green onions. Guacamole & sour cream on the side so you can pile that on yourself.
Burro Wrap
Jumbo tortilla wrapped around your choice of meat. We fill in the gaps w/ charred potatoes, flame seared onions, refried beans, cheese, salsa & red sauce. Side sour cream & guacamole.
Carne Asada Green Burrito
Marinated steak or chicken is flame cooked, & then rolled up w/ guacamole, salsa & fresh chilies. Smothered w/ roasted tomatillo-serrano sauce, cheese & green onions. Side rice & black beans.
Fresh fixings to build your own burritos. Includes grilled onions & peppers, guacamole, sour cream, salsa fresca, rice, refried beans & warm tortillas. Choose from
Charbroiled or Blackened Chicken
Charbroiled Steak
Grilled or Blackened Shrimp
Chicken & Steak Combo
Chicken & Shrimp Combo
Steak & Shrimp Combo
Choose from our tacos, red chile enchiladas or green tomatillo-chile sauced enchiladas. Includes refried beans & rice.
Pick one, two or three items... or for that matter—as many as you want.
Red chile enchiladas
Green tomatillo
We have charbroiled chicken, blackened chicken, carne asada, shredded beef, grilled shrimp, blackened shrimp or char grilled potato.
Red chile enchiladas
Green tomatillo
Red Chile Enchiladas
Choose from chicken, shredded beef, or cheese
Red chile enchiladas
Green tomatillo
Green Tomatillo-Chile Enchiladas
We have grilled shrimp, charbroiled chicken or roasted mushroom.
We wrap our refried beans & fresh steamy rice in a soft warm tortilla, w/ salsa fresca & shredded cheese. Lightly toasted in a slab oven. Your choices are:
Charbroiled Chicken
Shredded Beef
Carne Asada
Char-Grilled Potatoes
Just the Rice & Beans
Smothered w/ red chile gravy, shredded cheese & scallions. Pick from these combos:
Chicken & Bean
Shredded Beef & Beans
Shredded Beef & Potato
Potato & Beans
Bean & Cheese
Rice & Beans
Cheese for a few cents more
Blackened Chicken Sandwich
This rut us on the map way hack in the day. Soft & fresh roll piled w/ fresh lettuce, tomato & buttermilk-garlic dressing.Includes fries.
Cheese for a few cents more
Charbroiled Chicken Sandwich
Tasty marinated chicken breast cooked over an open flame. A perfect match for the roll, lettuce & tomato. Comes w/ fries
Cheese for a few cents more
Burger & Fries
Cooked right over the fire & served w/ the same sauce that we used to make at the old drive through. Char-onions lend a wonderful layer of flavor
Char-chicken, blackened chicken, shredded beef or char grilled potato
More Tacos
Carne asada or grilled shrimp
Red Enchiladas
Chicken, beef or cheese
Green Enchiladas
Chicken, grilled shrimp or roasted mushroom
Beef, chicken or veggie
Blackened Shrimp Tostada
Side Rice
Side Refried Beans
Side Black Beans
Side of anything else you can think of
We also offer special desserts from time to time, which vary on the season & our mood. Should you experience the staff working extra hard to sell you one of those sweet & yummy concoctions, it is because we are very proud of the end result of such special ingredients which dare to complete your delicious meal. And most likely, mama wants to buy another pair of shoes, so we need to raise more cash.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Discovered Michael’s through a local store clerk recommending it. It’s a no frills taqueria that serves up great Mexican food that’s quick & tasty. My go to is the house Green Burrito with chicken that is stuffed with grilled chicken, guacamole & salsa. I come...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank ScottD801
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in for a quick bite and ordered the blackened taco salad. It's deliciou! The chicken is full of flavor and the ingredients very frest. I would certainly recommend.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank KendraDawnRN
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

We found Michael's via TA and were pleased with their menu choices, fair prices and quality of food as well as their welcoming and accommodating staff. Went for dinner and tried the Ranch House Quesadilla and Charbroiled Chicken Wrap with a side of black beans....More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank tigerchaisd
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

We depended on trip advisor to find this little gem! Wow! This place did not disappoint! It is a no frills kind of Mexican diner that has its menu in poster form on the walls by the cashiers place. Place your order, pay the lady,...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank TammyB992
Reviewed August 19, 2018

A local favorite. Fresh ingredients, tasty choices makes this place one of the better mexican restaurants.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Tugrul S
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Visiting friends in Pacific Grove this is their go to mex takeout. House burrito and burro wrap are their favorites which we also had plus a blackened chicken quesadilla and a carne Asada burrito with fajita veggies YUM! Very similar to our fav place in...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank HBwavehunter
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Stopped for lunch after it being recommended. Food amazing! You gotta try this place out. Food is very authentic and great value.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Chris8428421
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Based on many recommendations we gave Michael’s a try for take-out. Why did we wait so long? The menu offers wide choice — all of the entrees we’ve tried have been tasty and fresh. Especially enjoyed the blackened burritos- once chicken and shrimp another.

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank TominCA
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

We were looking for a quick lunch place after the 17 Miles Drive tour. We came after reading Yelp reviews noticed that locals eating and order takeaway which was a good sign. We found this place tasty , reasonably priced and friendly staff. Don’t expect...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank RaananTZ
Reviewed July 4, 2018 via mobile

We’ve driven past this place a hundred times, but finally tried it tonight. Delicious! The guacamole appetizer was tasty. The house burrito is large and full of good stuff. The Carne Asada with fresh tortillas and a cheese enchilada was a home run. They have...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Flint34
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