Restaurant: Mike’s Grill
Address: 1772 Pleasant Valley Road, in Placerville
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
There is a statistic that reports 90 percent of all new restaurants will fail and be out of business within the first 12 months. I cannot dispute this fact. That sad but all too real statistic aside, I would bet my house that Mike’s Grill will last far beyond those initial 12 months and thrive well into the future.
Is that statement in any way, shape or form hyperbole? Not really. You’ll agree, too, after you get a taste of their fries, this I can guarantee.
They are, without a shadow of a doubt, the best French fries I have ever, ever tasted. They are fluffy, hot, crunchy, salty, flavorful, unique and I don’t know how Mike prepares them — what kind of oil he fries them in, what, if any, additional seasonings he uses, whether he “double fries” to get that super crunch.
I don’t know because he has his staff well trained to say, “Sorry. Mike’s secret.”
These fries could be made from superior alien technology for all I know and if Mike told me that, I’d believe it.
For one thing, we were there for well over 30 minutes and the French fries retained their heat and their crunch factor the whole time. What kind of French fry does that? You all think I’m exaggerating, right? I assure you I’m not.
When you go and partake of these addicting, delectable golden sticks of crunchy goodness, you’ll see for yourself that I’m right on the money with this one.
Oh, right, I had a burger, too. A half pound of prime ground beef, hand formed and cooked to your specification. I got mine with sautéed mushrooms and gooey, melted Swiss cheese on top of a buttered, soft bun with lettuce, pickle mayo, tomato and red onions (my fave).
I was glad I rolled up my sleeves because by the third bite the juice was dripping down my forearms.
It was deliciously messy and it could have fed at least two people with self control but I ate the whole thing.
It’s funny, but upon reflecting I seem to remember finishing all of my French fries before even thinking about touching this delicious burger. I’m sorry to keep going back to those fries, but dang.
My lunch companion had the house sandwich, which consisted of thick slabs of ball tip roast beef (let me be clear: these slabs of beef were thick), on toasted bread, creamy horseradish sauce (homemade, I reckon, but then again I didn’t ask), grilled mushrooms and sautéed onions. She thought it was fantastic, full of flavor, but that it was a little too much food for her, so she took at least half of it to-go. Oh, yes, and that came with fries.
I’ve done reviews on dozens of local establishments over the years here in El Dorado County and unfortunately I’ve seen a lot of those restaurants disappear way too soon. Out of those dozens I can count on one hand, the number of restaurants I try to frequent on a regular basis. I can unequivocally tell you that I need to add another finger now, because this place is really special.
Do your stomach and your community a favor and give Mike’s Grill a try. I think you’ll like it.
Mike’s Grill is located at 1772 Pleasant Valley Road in Placerville. Its phone number is 530-642-2347 and it is open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.