After having a wonderful meal at Strombolli's the night before, we were anxious to get to the Grand Canyon for a day of hiking, sightseeing and picture taking. This was all dependent, of course, on a hearty breakfast that would satisfy us, keep the cold at bay and not pinch our wallets too much.
On the advice of a few people, we decided to go to Mike and Ronda's The Place for Sunday breakfast. Oddly enough, two people told me to go to the one on Route 66 instead of the one on South Milton. They didn't elaborate, but I was more than willing to follow their advice.
Dave, Neil and myself only had a quick five-minute drive from our hotel to the restaurant, which seemed forever as I had to listen to another round of Neil's awful puns. It was located on the eastern edge of Route 66 before it simply becomes Route 89 and heads north to Page, AZ. The restaurant is in the middle of a strip mall, west of the big Flagstaff Mall. We parked and entered.
The dining room is enormous and very plain. Large and small tables filled the room. With the exception of some posters and Americana items on the walls, the place was really not heading for the interior design Hall of Fame. We were seated immediately and a server arrived to take our drink order. (Please note that prices are approximate.) I tried the Iced Tea ($1.50), Dave had a Diet Pepsi ($1.50) and Neil chose a cup of coffee ($1.50). Neil also ordered a large Orange Juice ($2.00).
The menu was fairly comprehensive and offered a lot of breakfast and lunch items. We saw a plate of Biscuits and Gravy go past and our eyes bugged out. The biscuits were huge, approximately 3" in height. They looked wonderful. But we had so many options, we didn't know what to try.
In the end, I ordered the Waffle Combo ($6.25), which included a Belgian waffle, two eggs, and bacon. Neil chose the Lumberjack Breakfast ($6.75) which included two eggs, bacon, hash browns, and pancakes. However, Neil didn't see that the breakfast already had hash browns and ordered a side of them ($2.50). Dave is a chorizo freak and couldn't help but to get the Chorizo and Eggs ($5.75) which came with a choice of toast, biscuits and gravy or pancakes. He chose the pancakes.
We got refills on our beverages and waited, watching gigantic plates of food pass. The place was crowded, but the service was efficient. Only one time did we have to ask for our drinks to be topped off.
Within 10 minutes our meals arrived and our growling stomachs growled even more when the scent of the food hit our noses.
Dave's chorizo smelled heavenly and he was very happy. A large serving of fried chorizo was served alongside two eggs over medium and a side of hashbrowns. Dave was very happy with the browns as well citing their crispiness. I tried the chorizo and it was excellent. Smokey, spicy and savory. A clear winner for the man with the chorizo fetish. Dave said the pancakes were very good and "not institutional." They held up well to butter and syrup and he was pleased.
Neil's breakfast was equally as large as Dave's and Neil seemed a little befuddled at the fact that he had two huge servings of hashbrowns to consume. (Ha! Where are your puns now?!) His eggs were scrambled and looked light and fluffly. The bacon was clearly thick sliced and the hash browns were making me hungry to dig into my own plates of food. Neil loved everything about his meal and was quite content with his choices, including the pancakes.
My meal arrived on two plates, but it all could have been placed on one large platter. However, I know that people get squeamish about syrup touching anything other than their waffles or pancakes, so I wasn't surprised. Neil was more than happy to share his hashbrowns with me. The bacon was crisp and very good. It was indeed thick sliced and had a great smokey taste to it. My eggs were light and fluffly. The hashbrowns were excellent. These were cooked splendidly with a crunchy outside and soft, fully-cooked potatoes on the inside.
I had finished everything up before I dove into the waffle. This is always dangerous because a waffle can go from fantastic to disgusting in minutes. Who hasn't been disappointed with a crispy waffle that has become a limp sponge? Luckily, the waffle was still crisp and I was pleased with the hints of cinnamon in the batter. It was very good and I was pleased with my options all the way around.
We weren't able to finish everything on our plates. The portions were very large and we were stuffed by the time we headed to the cashier to pay our bill. The total was $28.00 and change including tax for a colossal Sunday breakfast. We had our bellies full and were ready for a day at the Grand Canyon. Thankfully, the meals stuck with us because we were still quite satisfied by lunch time and opted just for a small afternoon snack to tide us over until dinner.
Mike and Ronda's was a big hit for us. Tasty food, large portions, decent service and low prices were just what we had ordered.
Except for Neil who would have ordered double.
Mike and Ronda's The Place
3518 East Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Notes: A second location is at 21 South Milton in Flagstaff, and a third location at 4925 West Bell Road in Glendale, AZ.