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Mike's Roadhouse Cafe, Kettleman City

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Mike's Roadhouse Cafe, Kettleman City

heidipie | May 8, 2003 11:21 PM

Mike's is an excellent way to avoid the fast-food chains when driving between SF and LA. It's your basic diner, right off I-5, but there's someone in the kitchen who knows what he's doing. Husband's chorizo and eggs were exactly what you'd want them to be, spicy and rich and with some crusty bits. Potatoes were excellent. And my pork chops were thin and beautifully fried to a succulent brownness. I got them "Mexican style," which meant that instead of applesauce I got the chops smothered in a creditable fresh salsa, with rice and beans and griddle-browned flour tortillas. It was all so good that we stopped there again on the way home. The turkey and rice soup was fresh and full of vegetables, but a little too viscous, though we thought it was from sitting on the stove reducing for too long rather than from corn starch or anything like that. I had the pork chops again--couldn't resist--but I heard somebody at another table raving about their liver and onions, and if I hadn't been attending to my kid I would have run over and asked them for a bite.

Mike's is right off the Kettleman City exit. It has sister restaurants in places like Mojave, I don't remember where else. Thumbs up from me and my family.

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