A taste of Santa Monica through the eyes of Michael McCarthy

Michael’s has been a Santa Monica staple since 1979 and embodies the essence of California with a foundation in French cuisine .

This was my first time dining at Michael’s and I got the added bonus of having items off their brand new and more affordable menu!

The restaurant has incredible lighting and ambiance, but unfortunately that doesn’t do much for the quality of my photos. At least I hope you get a feel of how fabulous it is to eat dinner here!

I began the meal with a Mexican sword fight cocktail, and it was the perfect pelea for my taste buds!. I attribute it to the house-made Applewood smoked salt rim on the glass…UNREAL! The cocktail menu created by Jason Robey offers combinations not seen at most other spots!

The dinner menu has a category that would suit any palate, including a vegan section. Actually, one of the best dishes of the night was their fall risotto made with chanterelles and white corn instead of rice. If you DO happen to eat meat though then do not leave without having The Michael’s Burger! This is Michael’s take on the In and Out Burger and it will make you stop you from ever having a burger involving curbside again.

Other not be missed dishes include the Weiser Farms Beets Salad and the Duck Confit Ravioli.

Another reason to head over to Michael’s is for Head Chef John Carlos Kuramoto. He came by as we were finishing up our cheese platter and left a table of swooning ladies in his midst.

Expect to see him on the hottest chef list of 2013, but for now there’s always the outdoor patio!

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