Food + Drink

Michaels on 7th

Get a taste of the best dining in Stuart and the surrounding areas with this Treasure Coast Taste article from the latest edition of Coastal Drive Magazine.

Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad
Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad

Michaels on 7th

2217 7th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960

By David Lewis

Michaels on 7th is located in the heart of Vero Beach, off 21st Street and 7th Avenue, and is known for their fresh local ingredients for a true farm-to-table experience. The ambiance is casual, pleasant, and well-lit with natural sunlight, and there is a fair amount of seating inside, with a few tables outside as well. The staff is very friendly, and the service is excellent. Michaels also has a variety of fresh daily specials consisting of one or two soups, a salad, and a main course. I recently learned about Michaels when I started going up to Vero one day a week for work. A co-worker took me there for lunch on one of my first days up, and I’ve been hooked ever since. 

"Our Reuben" Sandwich
“Our Reuben” Sandwich

We started out with the “Herb French Fries with Parmesan Snow,” which is big enough to split. These fries were fantastic. They were hot, perfectly seasoned with salt, and crispy like a good fry should be. For our main course, we each got the “Our Reuben” made with low and slow-braised corn beef, thick-cut marble-rye, gruyere cheese, 1000 island, and sauerkraut. If I see a Reuben on a menu, I typically tend to try it if I feel like it’ll be a good one, and this is a good one, trust me. Their sandwiches are either served with fresh local greens or chips. Since I already had fries, I went with the local greens, and I get them every time now. They are very fresh, moderately dressed (enough without being too much), and tastier than you’d think for just being a bed of greens. Now that Michaels has become my essential “go-to” lunch spot in Vero, I’ve had a chance to try some more items on their menu and have yet to be disappointed.

Truffle Cream of Mushroom Soup
Truffle Cream of Mushroom Soup

One of my favorite appetizers is the truffle cream of mushroom soup, which is one of their lunch specials. If it were a regular menu item, it would be tough not to order it every day. It’s delicious and usually served with one or two slices of toasted ciabatta. Another one of my favorites is the “Crispy Chicken Cobb” salad.  

I don’t typically order a salad for lunch, but I decided to try the Cobb one day, and now I order it a majority of the time. It’s put together with Pepper Trail Farms lettuce, avocado, bleu cheese crumbles, tomato, bacon, a hard-cooked egg, perfectly fried chicken tenders, and bleu cheese dressing on the side. Right now, this is probably my favorite salad anywhere. It’s fresh and tasty, with textures that balance each other out and filling. 

The menu isn’t huge, but there is something on it for everyone, and I have yet to have a bad meal or experience. A few other items that I recommend are the “BLT & A” and the “Adult Grilled Cheese.” Make sure you listen to their specials as well because there are usually 2-3 options. If you haven’t visited Michael’s on the 7th, I highly recommend them for lunch. I have not had the pleasure to try them for dinner, but I’ve heard great things. Either way, Michael’s is worth a stop.  

About the Author:

I was born and raised in Stuart and love seeing our dining scene grow! I am an attorney by day and foodie by night, and I love to show off the Treasure Coast’s cuisine to anyone visiting. I started Jensen Foodie to showcase our area’s excellent and unique dining options and share my passion for food and cooking. I love to travel as much as possible, and like any good foodie, I go where the best food is! 


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