City’s Best: Michael Smith


In a city becoming famous for its culinary revolution, Michael Smith stands out among some big names in our City’s Best Chef category.

Michael Smith earns honors as “Best Chef” among a highly talented all-star class including Howard Hannah and three fellow James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs—Debbie Gold, Colby Garrelts and Celina Tio.

Photos by Pete Dulin and courtesy of Michael Smith Restaurant Facebook page.

Smith and his wife Nancy operate the eponymous flagship restaurant Michael Smith and adjacent Extra Virgin in the Crossroads. From tapas to fine dining, the cuisine’s flavors draw from Italy, Spain, France and beyond. Lately, he’s been serving up Big Night, a weekly Wednesday night offering of seasonal Italian dishes that inspire big appetites.