It’s May 2022 and I am at Mikky’s for another re-review. Covid-19 certainly damaged Winnipeg’s food truck scene. That’s on top of the City of Winnipeg regulating it in such a fashion, that there are almost no food trucks downtown anymore.
Food trucks are way of democratizing dining out. Now, however, they are almost only available to people getting in their cars and driving to grocery store parking lots, and car sales lots.
As an aside, although they often go to Freshco stores, the Freshco store on Sargent in my neighbourhood never gets visited.
I wrote my initial review for Mikky’s almost nine years ago. One thing that hasn’t changed since that time is Mikky’s absence from social media. There phone number is
1-204-668-1665 if ;you want to get in touch with them.
Given the cold spring we’ve had, it’s not a surprise that food trucks have not been appearing in large numbers. In Mikky’s case, they showed up on Broadway just this past Tuesday.
I timed my visit to make sure that I arrived just before the noon-hour rush. There were only a couple of people in the line ahead of me. I noticed that Mikky’s was offering a burger special. Swiss cheese and mushroom.
I like both of those toppings, so I ordered that. As a combo, including taxes and tip, my bill came to $14.00. Given the rise in food prices over the last few years, this is still a good value. This is a specialty combo, the regular combos are cheaper.
I really enjoyed the burger. In addition to the cheese and mushrooms, there was a nice sized helping of fried onions on it. The burger is a little bit smaller than the bun, but just enough smaller that you don’t end up with bunless burger as you are finishing it off.
One Covid induced change is that they ask what you would like on your fries. I went with vinegar and seasoned salt. They use Lawry’s (the real seasoned salt, I will brook no argument on this). As always, I went ketchup free.
For my beverage, I simply chose a Coca-Cola. If you are downtown, and wanting to enjoy lunch under the warm sun, I recommend visiting Mikky’s. They offer a burger that is everything a burger should be, and you will be satisfied by meals end.
If you like a little sweet at the end of your burger combo, just pop over to Oh Doughnuts, kitty-corner to the truck. I did, and it finished off my meal quite nicely.
If you scan the sides of the brightly coloured trucks offering food for sale on Broadway, you’ll see the little logos that tell you that the truck in question has a presence on Facebook or on Twitter or perhaps some other social media site. Not so with Mikky’s. Although this white truck does have writing and pictures on it, you won’t find any references to social media sites.
This is appropriate, because Mikky’s menu is a throwback to the days when getting vegetables as part of your street meal meant you were having the fried onions. A few days ago I wrote about the food at the Red River Ex, and I said that my memories were of fries, cotton candy, mini donuts and corn dogs. Mikky’s, one of the trucks that has been on Broadway the longest, has much the same feel about it.
Best buy is the combo, which features burger or hot dog, fries and drink for $8.00, Perogies are $5.50 and come as a serving of 4 very large perogies. The stand alone prices for hot dogs and hamburgers are comparable with the other street vendors. 4.5/5
As you can see from the menu above, Mikky’s offers a number of options. In addition to the hot dogs etc., there is poutine and chicken fingers with fries available. This is all good comfort food, street style. 4.5/5
The quality is one area where I feel that Mikky’s is a bit of a let down. I had the burger and fries the other day and the burger gave every impression of being a store bought, frozen and processed one. However, given the nature of the truck one should go in with the expectation you won’t be getting high-end gourmet ingredients. They do get a bit of break for having malt vinegar available for their fries. 3.5/5
The perogies I had came in a container with lid, but due to their size, are hard to manipulate and eat as you walk. The burger and fries came in a box-style tray that was easy to carry, and I could even find a spot for my canned drink inside. 4/5
Mikky’s makes a pleasant change from the everyday when it comes to lunch on Broadway. Given the nature of the menu it’s not a healthy daily option, but as a break from the routine it’s a good choice. 4/5