Michael’s Grill- Where the Food and the People make the difference

Published on 7 November 2017 in Business
Matt Selby (author)

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With hundreds of amazing 5 star-reviews and the entire community raving about the incredible service and delicious food, it is safe to say this neighborhood Gem is no longer Carrollwood’s best-kept secret. Everyone loves Michael’s Grill. The food is consistently delicious and the only thing probably more impressive is the attention to detail of Husband and Wife team, Michael and Andrea Reilly. Their heart and soul has gone into making Michael’s Grill what it is today.  

Michael's Grill

Michael's Grill

Located at 11720 N Dale Mabry Hwy, the same location where they first set roots over 17 years ago, Michael’s Grill is a cornerstone in the Carrollwood community. Not only providing exceptional food and top-notch service, but also a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where new customers become regulars, which then turn into great friends and end up feeling as part of the Michael’s Grill family. 

 “After being a part of this community for so long, I feel like I can’t go anywhere without running into a friend that I’ve made at our restaurant,” says Chef Michael. “I love sharing my love for good food with the community and Andrea and I really feel like that shines through in the guest’s experience. Over the years, so many of our customers have become friends that we not only see at our restaurant but we also go out with when we have some time for ourselves.”

People often ask Andrea and Michael how they can work with each other everyday. When I asked them the same question, Andrea said; “Oh, I love it! Michael and I do everything together and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel bad for people whose work schedule makes it difficult to see their spouse on a regular basis. We really don’t want to be apart and when we get the chance to travel we love to head up north and go hiking with our two beautiful Australian Shepherds.” 

Chef Michael and Wife Andrea

Chef Michael and Wife Andrea

Andrea, Chef Michael and their staff are what truly make dining here an unforgettable experience. The value they bring to their patrons is second to none when it comes to the taste, personalized attention, quality of the food and small touches, such as the scent of fresh cut flowers that decorate each table.

At Michael’s Grill you’re guaranteed only the freshest and mouth-watering dishes, as well as the most caring and attentive service on every experience. Michael takes great pride in being the head chef of his restaurant and Andrea is always lighting up the room with her smile and making sure everyone is having a good time. That consistency has earned them special recognition and top reviews from happy and satisfied customers who once discover Michael’s return over and over again.

Award Winning Crab Cakes

Award Winning Crab Cakes

Alyssa N. says “This was some of the best food I have eaten in a very long time! We had to try the crab cakes as the menu described them as #1 in Tampa Bay and they certainly met expectations as such. We also started with Jeff's Fried Brie and the dish more than exceeded expectations. The flavors were perfectly built. The Brie was crisp, not greasy. The pepper in the crust complimented the slight spice in the strawberry habanero sauce. The dish was sweet, savory, spicy, and perfectly textured. I can't wait to go back for more. For dinner we decided to share an entree since we weren't terribly hungry and we went with the steak au poivre. The filet was perfectly seasoned, melted in your mouth, was perfectly cooked, and had a wonderfully textured crust. The rustic mash and even the seasoned veggies were perfectly seasoned and cooked.  The food was so amazing and for the price, you can't beat the quality and flavor of what you're getting here. The wait staff was attentive and kind, and the manager and owner Andrea, was there helping out and talking to all tables, making sure everyone was having the perfect evening. What a hidden gem! I will happily come back for more.” 

I’ve personally known Michael and Andrea for a few years now, and their passion for their restaurant is nothing short of inspiring. Running a family business even though rewarding, can also be quite stressful, but these two are pros. Like I said, Andrea will always look happy to see you, and she will be there greeting everyone, making amazing drinks, like her famous sangria and making sure you are well taken cared of. It’s debatable whether it’s her smile or her awesome English accent that makes everyone she interacts with, immediately get into a good mood. I think it’s a combination of both, along with the scrumptious food, of course.

Michael’s Grill also has a full liquor bar, which includes a wine and beer list. You can order wines by the glass or by the bottle. Make sure to ask Andrea about the hidden wine list, which has special wines not listed on the regular menu, or let her make you her special signature Sangria. Michael Parise says, “The sangria was unique and wonderful; best I ever tasted.” I invite you to try it on your next visit! I promise you will not be disappointed, but you have to try for yourself.

To this day, Chef Michael will still pause for a second to watch guests try his food from the kitchen. Michael really enjoys watching people’s first impressions when the food arrives. Particularly when they express out loud how good something tastes or how impeccable the presentation is. “If I have a second, I love observing people try our food for the first time. It’s very gratifying to know I can make people happy with what I prepare. I even scroll through reviews online because the positive feedback is what makes me enjoy coming to work everyday,” says Michael. “The years have just flown by for us. It doesn’t feel like work when you’re passionate about what you do and Andrea and I love it!”

Some of Our Favorites

My wife, Carla, is obsessed with breakfast food (and mimosas). So it comes to no surprise that one of her favorite dishes on the menu is the Croque-Madame. If you’re not familiar with this delicious treat, it consists of juicy grilled ham and copious amounts of melted cheese, drizzled with béchamel sauce and topped with a fried egg. This scrumptious dish is served with house potatoes, and don’t forget to order the mimosa to top it all off. Just check out the photo on our front cover! It really speaks for itself.

Croque-Madame

Croque-Madame

The award-winning signature Crab Cakes and the she-crab bisque make the perfect lunch or dinner starter for any seafood lover (which we both are.) If we have a group of us, Ill throw in another appetizer, and my go-to is usually the Wasabi Crusted Ahi-Tuna.

Wasabi Crusted Ahi-Tuna

Wasabi Crusted Ahi-Tuna

If you want something on the lighter side, and you dont want to settle when it comes to flavor or quantity, our pick is the Salmon Strawberry Fields Salad. Every bite is bursting with flavors that compliment one another perfectly. The caramelized onions, apples, pineapple and strawberry vinaigrette dressing make for an explosion of perfectly combined flavors, and the blackened salmon that tops the salad off, is always cooked to perfection and to your liking.

As far as sandwiches go, the Chicken Julie is one of my all-time favorites. Ive talked about this sandwich a lot, but if youve ever had it, you will understand why I never get tired of eating it or bringing it up. Named after Andreas sister, who loves Brie cheese, this tantalizing sandwich showcases marinated grilled chicken topped with fried Brie, roasted red peppers and pear chutney on a Kaiser bun. Served with their homemade honey mustard dipping sauce, the combination of flavors is absolutely exquisite, and from the first bite, when the warm Brie oozes out, you will be in sandwich heaven! 

Chicken Julie

Chicken Julie

Don’t Forget To Leave Room For Dessert!

I definitely have to recommend the Sticky Toffee Pudding. My mothers recipe from England, this is a secret recipe that no one knows except me,says Andrea. This moist English cake is served in a toffee pecan sauce alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It literally melts in your mouth as the sweet buttery sauce electrifies your taste buds!

Special Dates

 Michaels will be open the night before Thanksgiving and the day after for a delicious Brunch. They also will be putting together a wonderful New Years Eve Dinner and Brunch on New Year's Day you wont want to miss.

Private Events

What do people remember most about an event? Considering nobody got intoxicated and made a fool of themselves, then the answer is always the food. So what better place to host your next private event or party, than a spot that offers fantastic service and award-winning food that people will be raving about long after the event passed? Michael’s Grill has a separate conjoining dining area that can comfortably seat up to 40 guests. This separate area has its own private bar, and features the same elegant décor and welcoming ambiance. So, if you are looking to book your upcoming Holiday party or even a small and intimate wedding, give Michael’s Grill a call today and book before it is too late.

Andrea says, We put our heart and soul into Michael’s Grill, it’s not just a business and a job; it’s our life. We never stop thinking about how to do something better, that’s how crazy in love with Michael’s Grill we are. We are your neighborhood restaurant!”

Michael’s Grill is located in the Main Street Shopping Center at 11720 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa. They are open Mon. – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; and Sun 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For additional information please call (813) 964-8334 or visit www.MichaelsGrill.com

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