Need a place to eat but have a lot of picky eaters?
One person wants Mexican, one wants a burger and another wants breakfast? Michael’s kitchen is your place.
Want to grab dessert for after dinner tonight? Michael’s kitchen is your place.
Need a mid-morning coffee and pastry? Michael’s Kitchen is your place.
Don’t want to hassle meter parking in the Plaza? Michael’s Kitchen is your place. They have a parking lot right next door.
Want a sopapilla with your honey? Michael’s kitchen is your place.
Friendly, quick service? Michael’s Kitchen is your place.
Will you have to wait to be seated? Quite possibly! Michael’s kitchen has been around for over 30 years and they are known for their wide variety of delicious food. Many of the locals come here.
I have eaten here twice and both times the place was packed.
When you walk into Michael’s, you get a glimpse of the bakery items.
When you go to pay your bill, you get to walk right by the bakery counter, too! Say hi to Michael…that is him behind the counter. I took this picture on the way to the ladies room. I just happened to bring my camera along. I stopped at the bakery counter to take a few pictures when Michael offered me a glazed donut hole. I told him if I engaged in eating it that it might ruin my lunch after all I wasn’t suppose to be here…at the bakery counter….I was suppose to be using the facilities! But how can you tell this man no with that genuine smile and those eyes?! So I said, “Ok, thank you!” Thank you! Yum! Yum! I proceeded back to my table but did not share my encounter with the man behind the counter and the melt in my mouth glazed donut hole.
A selection of breads are made fresh daily. Hello carbs!
They have a full bakery down stairs where I am told they go through a ton of flour a week.
I ordered one chicken enchilada a la carte. It had shredded white meat chicken and onions inside. The red sauce had a little kick to it which was perfectly offset with the lettuce and tomatoes.
Mr. Rancher had biscuits and gravy. (You can see he wanted to dig in, I barely could sneak a picture.)
Whenever you have Mexican food in New Mexico, you get a sopapilla. Oh my!
Quite honestly sopapillas are an excuse to eat honey!
lots of honey!
I shared one bite of my sopapilla with Mr. Rancher…only because I wanted to take a picture of the honey oozing out into the delectable pastry. You see he didn’t get a sopapilla with his meal because he didn’t order Mexican food!
While we were waiting for our lunch to be served, I watched Michael as he stopped to visit with customers, clear dishes and carry buckets of dirty dishes to the back. He smiled at customers and asked how they were doing.
Then the next encounter with Michael happened…
He stopped by our table. The three of us started some small talk. Found out we had all grown up near each other in Los Angeles. He has friends that live close to us in Northern California. We shared about Mr. Rancher’s place in New Mexico and how we had come here once before and were anxious to be back here again.
Michael left and we devoured our food. Michael walked by a few times awhile I was trying to get Mr. Rancher to take the perfect photo of my honey laden sopapilla. He only smiled and continued to his chores of greeting customers and cleaning up dirty dishes. I thought, “What a great manager, not afraid to work. What a great owner, engaging with customers!”
The waitress brought our check…
Michael came over to our table did a little tap on it with his fingers and said, “Wait here, I’ll be back in a minute.”
This is what he came back with.
He said, “Enjoy! This is on me. This is what I always make for my granddaughter.” OMG it was so good! We enjoyed every bite. We enjoyed every single calorie!
A sneak peak at the kitchen….
Say hi to Michael…What did I tell you about his smile?! And those eyes! The goatee…just enough of ruggedness! I think men with a graying goatee are very attractive!
Woops sorry….Nothing wrong with us middle aged moms looking and admiring though…right?! Men have done if for years! Us women, we just do it without being caught…now you caught me!
Oh…back to Michael’s Kitchen.
I know these pictures don’t do justice since they were taken behind a glass. Thank God for the glass between those pastries and me. They are just too tempting. Don’t you just want to take your finger and swoop through that cream cheese frosting?
Or eat the top part of that donut with maple icing? I love maple icing! I love maple icing! My daddy always brought me home a donut with maple icing on it when I was a little girl!
This is where you pay your bill for all the goodies you ate or are bringing home with you. Did I tell you that you have to walk past the bakery counter on your way to paying your bill?
Michael planned that, didn’t you Michael?!
You planned that we had to walk by all those yummy bakery items when we walked out of your restaurant.
You planned that, didn’t you?
Did you plan for me to meet with my trainer for extra sessions after patronizing your restaurant?
Did you plan for me to eat those cookies we bought for a friend on the way home?
Did you plan for us to tear into those apple fritters in the morning before we could get them to our friend who we bought them for?
Did you Michael?
I almost missed these…
These were in a counter around the corner.
I didn’t see them until after we paid our bill. Guess it gives me an excuse to come back again. Did I tell you how much I love chocolate pie?
I think I will be dreaming of this place tonight!
Dreaming of sugar plums dancing in my head.
California City Slicker aka Pam