Michael's at the Citadel (Scottsdale)
We tried going to a few places before we ended up at Michael’s at the Citadel on Sunday morning. First, Café Ted (at the Citadel), but it was closed for the holiday. Then Kashman’s, which was overcrowded. Finally, we decided on Michael’s, which I remembered my wife going to at some point for brunch, but I had never been.
First Impression: The service was good from walking through the door. We were greeted and sat quickly. The space is separated out into several rooms and we appeared to be in one of the main ones. The room was nice and pretty empty, with just a few other tables. Complimentary croissants, scones and a muffin are left at the table. I only had the croissant, but it was very good. The menu was very interesting, mostly standard brunch fare, but with a twist. I had a tough time deciding, but eventually settled on the Chicken-Chorizo "Quesadilla" with Easy Eggs & Pico de Gallo, while my wife had the Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs on Potato Pancake & Chive Beurre Blanc, with the Beurre Blanc on the side.
The Meal: The food came after a short wait, and was presented nicely. My “Quesadilla” was excellent. Two tortillas with chorizo between them and an egg that fit perfectly over the tortillas. Fried tortillas as garnish and an excellent salsa (really not pico) that had a nice kick to it. I was very impressed with this and could have eaten a few of them. My wife’s Salmon Scramble was presented beautifully on top of a potato pancake with everything standing up. Luckily it tasted as good as it looked. Enough salmon in it without being overpowering and the eggs were well cooked (of course they had to be to stand like that).
Overall: The food was very good and for what you pay, it wasn’t much more than Kashman’s or anyplace else. It was enough that I’d go back to the restaurant and have another meal other than brunch to try it. A good way to test out a place, even if it is very different from the regular menu.
One note: The actual menu was a little different from the Internet one, the most expensive dish was a lobster omelet instead of the filet version. There were also fewer Salads & Sandwiches.