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An Exciting Venture in Mexican Cuisine at Miguel's

By Elisha Neubauer

In 1992, Miguel and Patricia Rodriguez, and Kyle Miller set out to create a truly inspiring eatery- one inspired by family cooking, heritage, and style. Aimed at providing high quality service, fresh ingredients, and bold menu choices, Miguel's Mexican Seafood is the best of both worlds- authentic and modern.

Miguel's offers three dining choices, the main dining room, the intimate dining room, and the stunning courtyard. Each area is consistent in its use of bright colors, modern décor, and natural elements, all inspired by the nation influencing the menu, Mexico. The beautiful courtyard features a stunning tile mosaic mural and bright, outdoor colors, while the inner dining rooms utilize bold color pairings, mood lighting, and modern elements infused with natural tones, such as wicker chairs and indoor greenery.

The focus of Miguel's, of course, is naturally placed on the food, despite the popularity of its stunning interior design. "We use only the freshest, finest ingredients combined with the warmest hospitality to create authentic Mexican cuisine like you've never tasted before," says Miguel Rodriguez, Owner. "We feature USDA Prime meats like Kobe beef, fresh seafood including lobster, homemade sauces and handmade tortillas."

While chatting with Rodriguez about the menu options and atmosphere of Miguel's, he filled us in on a little piece of news that, perhaps, you may not be aware of. "The iconic Miguel's restaurant at 3035 W Kennedy Blvd in Tampa has recently been joined by Miguelitos Taqueria Y Tequilas, which is only five blocks east of the original Miguel's."

According to Rodriguez, Miguelitos is a completely different concept than Miguel's, with its modern décor and fresh take on Mexican cuisine. It is no surprise that this unique eatery is developing a following of its own, especially as its contemporary architecture is just screaming with curbside appeal. The distinctive blue and stone front beckons to those driving by, attracting tourists and locals alike. "Lunch features traditional Mexican fare such as tacos and burritos and tortas," explains Rodriguez.

"At dinner, we feature a tapas menu as well as the traditional Mexican fare." He goes on to say they offer everything from Langosta thermidor to seafood stuffed avocado, to luscious goat cheese balls, and colossal lump crab cakes. "We also feature a full liquor menu, specialty cocktails and you have to try the -5 degree tequila on draft."

In both Miguelitos and Miguel's you have the option of dining in a main dining room or an outdoor courtyard. While both restaurants offer lunch, dinner, and a full bar to their patrons, Miguelitos will soon be offering a breakfast menu in order to, according to Rodriguez, "Make this a go to place at any time of the day or night."

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