Wow, two major scores in one day!
After our Nashville friend wrapped up his gig, a very pleasant house concert in South Pas, we strolled around amongst the crowds doing an Art Walk, fetching up at Mike & Anne's. We'd been there for lunch a couple of years before, but it's a little pricey for us on a regular basis; however, Mrs. O said we hadn't been out for dinner in a long time and she felt like treating our guest. Neither guest nor I objected.
We still were not going to order big meals, but enough for a nice little supper, and something interesting to drink. To that end Mrs. O got a cucumber gimlet ("Awesome!!"), I a glass of pinot noir, guest a Craftsman lager. Proceeding to the food, Mrs. O requested the spinach-and-cheese ravioli. I thought the spaghetti-with-sausage on the first-courses side looked nice, as did the mixed greens salad, while our visitor ordered the salad and the mac-and-cheese from the Sides. In the meantime we were consuming the bread along with the interesting red goo they supplied to spread on it, wondering where it came from because it was so good. As for that "light supper" we were expecting, the salad was a good solid course in itself, and the food was generously portioned, to say the least. My dish was not as I had envisioned it - nothing red in there at all, but plenty of crumbled sausage, some chunks of artichoke heart, and a lot of reduced cream. I remarked that this came close to what I'd always considered a nonexistent category: TOO rich! I thought there could have been less salt, but it was delicious anyway. Our friend's macaroni was big penne in a good-sized bowl; I snagged one of them, and found it just rich enough and pleasantly spicy. He was not quite able to finish it all, being rather a light eater. The ravioli was highly recommended, too, though I didn't score a taste.
As Mrs. O paid the bill I'm not going to ask what it came to, but I'm figuring roughly $80 plus tax and tip, so right at $100 for the three of us. Very much at the other end of the scale from Tonny's, but every bit as good in its way. If one doesn't mind sticking with Eau de Tap for one's beverage, one could have a very nice meal for under $20; right now, for instance, I'm thinking the Fried Brussels Sprouts and that mac would make a dandy lunch, but it's not on the lunch menu, dammit. Well, nobody's perfect …
Mike & Anne's
1040 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030