The wife & I were in the neighborhood, starved and with little time so we couldn't waits no more... and gave the highly lauded Mike's a try. We split the following items:
> Mike Burger -$8- (basically an oversized cheeseburger)
An okay burger but nothing special. Its a very thick patty cooked Medium (by default) with American cheese, mayo, tomato, red onion & pickle. The whole burger is so tall it takes quite some effort to get a good bite (and I pride myself on being able to eat a Big Mac in three bites). My second impression was the extremely thick cut of the bitterly pungent red onion was all I could really taste, towards the end I had bite that was just bread, meat & cheese so I could finally taste it without distractions and it wasn't pleasant... there was actually a mild annoying flavor to the otherwise, bland, barely browned beef.
> Western Hickory Burger -$9- (cheeseburger + bacon & bbq sauce)
Everything I mentioned about the Mike Burger + extreme slop & glop from the copious amounts of run-of-the-mill cloyingly sweet bbq sauce. The bacon was decent - with hickory smoke - in the few bites that it wasn't completely enveloped by the overpowering sauce.
> Green Salad
Completely, toxically overdressed in an annoying cheap, red wine vinaigrette
> Macaroni Salad
Absolutely disgustingly bland... slopped in mayo with no other flavor
Overall the burgers don't have a delicious balance and the sides are worst (well at least stick to the bags of Ruffles). Despite all the crap ingredients... the Famous Star, Whopper & Double Double far surpass today's rendition of the Mike's burger on flavor... and that is the minimal expectation for a burger.