Mike’s American

Now that Miles is away for the summer, I’m spending more time in the ‘burbs with the bf. The other night he says he’s going to take me to the nicest place in town. That turned out to be Mike’s American in Springfield. From the outside, Mike’s American reminded me of places in suburban Detroit. Large parking lots, conveniently located next to a shopping center, tons of families and couples waiting for a table on a nice Friday evening. The interior was massive and it was indeed packed with families and couples. We checked in at the front desk, took our pager and headed to the bar to order drinks while we waited which we assumed would be at least 30 minutes Within 5 minutes we were seated. Nice!  The seated us on the second level near the railing overlooking the stars that hung from the ceiling.

The interior was massive and it was indeed packed with families and couples. We checked in at the front desk, took our pager and headed to the bar to order drinks while we waited which we assumed would be at least 30 minutes. Within 5 minutes we were seated. Nice! They sat us on the second level near the railing overlooking the stars that hung from the ceiling.

The menu was extensive, but not overwhelming. As I perused the menu, I almost immediately notice brussels sprouts. Done!

These were roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and spiced pecans and they were delicious. The brussels were firm and crispy, the bacon and cut thick and smoky and the pecans provided a little heat. Definitely a winner.

Now I have to take a sec to mention the bread basket. It looked like they typical bread basket you would get at any restaurant, but the rolls were slightly different. They were light and slightly sweet, almost like a beignet. I’m pretty sure I ate at least three slathered with butter.

For my main course, I went with seafood. No one eats it much at home (something I’m trying to change) and I’m beginning to miss it. I ordered the trout with a chardonnay citrus sauce, roasted pecans, and grilled broccolini. I couldn’t decide if pecans were a theme at Mike’s or just a coincidence that I ordered two things with pecans.  Either way, I’m glad I ordered the trout. I can’t remember the last time I had it, but this was very good. I’m always a little nervous when ordering seafood out because I like my fish firm, but tender and a lot of places will prepare it a little on the soft side. This was firm and tender and the pecan crust added a nice crunch. The wine sauce was light and citrusy which complimented both the trout and the broccolini.

While Mike’s American isn’t “fancy” and the bf said it jokingly, I was very pleasantly surprised by the tasty cuisine and look forward to going back soon.

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