Review: Mike's

By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 24, 2010

Mike's now serves breakfast, and the $2 breakfast burrito is so good for the price that you feel like you stole it like an mp3. Eggs are cooked to order, potatoes are just the right softness, and there is a pleasant touch of green heat from the seemingly freshly diced chilies in the green sauce.

Svenonius wished they had buttered the bread on his grilled cheese on rye. Having served their capitalist-imperialist purpose, rock stars no longer have their bread buttered, generally speaking, and Svenonious bemoans that rock music is no longer a "crucible of community." Rock fans are now arm-crossed, cynical, and disinterested. Rock bands "drone and mumble because there is no point to make." With its earnest embrace of the music, its celebration of community, and its loyalty to the sandwich, Mike's is a welcome bulwark against these dispiriting trends.

Brian Duff can be reached

MIKE'S | 437 Congress St, Portland | Mon-Fri 8 am-3 pm; Sat 11 am-3 pm | Visa/MC | 207.809.5113

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