Today is the first day of spring. I wish I was spending it enjoying the many of food trucks of Winnipeg, but I’ll have to wait a bit for that. Fortunately there is open air dining available already. Mrs. Mike’s, a local food stand offering burgers, hot dogs, sundaes and more is already open.
Mrs. Mike’s is located on Taché just about a block and a half from St. Philip’s. I pass by it several times a week, and I had heard that you never know when you would find it open. Sure enough, a couple of weeks ago, I went by and it was open. So, the next day, when lunch came around I headed down the street to order. The menu at Mrs. Mike’s would be similar to a place like Mikky’s or Sis ‘n Me, but without the wheels.
Burgers are King, go for King Burger
As you walk up, you see a notice in the window that states Reader’s Digest has proclaimed the King Burger at Mrs. Mike’s one of Canada’s best. The King burger sits at the top of the menu. Appropriate given its size and price ($7.80). I scanned down the menu to check out all the burgers on offer, but decided in the end to stick with the King. It was a decision I ended up being very happy with.
I place my order for the burger, along with an order of fries, and then waited. Even though it wasn’t the warmest day of the last two weeks, there is something warming standing outside waiting for the order to be prepared. Perhaps its the smell of the burgers cooking. Perhaps it’s the sun bringing picnic memories to mind as I wait.
Tasting the Burger
Mrs. Mike’s has picnic tables outside where you can enjoy the weather while consuming your burgers or fries. However, when I went the tables were still covered in snow. So I took my food and headed back to the church. Once I got there I unwrapped the burger with the intent of eating in from off the wrapper. One attempt to pick it up suggested this wouldn’t be good for my desk, so I went and got a plate.
The fries, which are $4.00 dollars spilled out of the paper bag. They were hot, crispy and well, but not overly salted. The King burger contained two large beef patties, along with all the fixings, including a chili that complemented rather than overwhelmed the flavour of the beef. The chili also had a texture that meant while the filling was runny, it wasn’t too sloppy,.
When I went to eat the burger, I didn’t want to put it down. Part of that was because I worried about all the gooey goodness leaking out. Part of that was that once I started eating I didn’t want to stop.
This burger lives up to the name King. It’s a meal in itself. The burger hangs over the edge of the large bun, by just a little bit. The burger was cooked to perfection and its inherent beefiness shone through. These burgers are definitely going to be part of my diet in the coming months.
I also tried the hot dog on another occasion. While the dog was well prepared and tasty, I thought the $5.60 price was a little steep given the size of the hot dog. The same applies to the shake I tried, it was nice and thick, but at $6.10 it again seemed a little on the expensive side. It should be noted that the prices here are all tax inclusive, so the $5.60 is the final price.
I’m definitely going to be making return visits to Mrs. Mike’s. It’s a spring day even when it’s not spring. However, I’m going to stick mainly to the burgers and fries.