Burgers, wings and cold beer only begin to describe the menu at Mike’s Grill & Tap, located in the Four Season’s Center off Hwy. K in O’Fallon. It’s a place owner Mike Holmes proudly calls a “burger joint plus.”
“That’s what I call it because we sell more burgers than anything else,” Holmes said. But the plus gets just as much love from the kitchen staff. “We have appetizers and chicken wings – all that you expect along with entrees and comfort food.” All are made fresh to order following Holmes’ direction.
He created the menu for Mike’s Grill & Tap which by the way, was already named Mike’s, after buying the business two years ago. But while the name remained the same, Holmes gave the restaurant’s interior a makeover and tweaked its menu. Some favorites, such as Mike’s Burger, remained. It’s a customer favorite that features a half-pounder topped with Applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese, fried onion straws and spicy tomato chutney on a pretzel bun. Customers claim it is “perfection!”
Mike’s Burger isn’t the only item that has been specially named. Scattered throughout the menu are items named for Holmes’ kids. Look for Graham’s Loaded Fries, piled high with toppings; E’s Chicken, a grilled chicken breast dressed simply with lettuce and tomato and named for son, Ethan; and Camille’s Grilled Cheese, made the way daddy’s angel likes it – grilled on sourdough with cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss and American cheeses, and a tomato and caramelized onions. The classic, no-frills burger is named for son Brayden because he prefers his burger plain.
Mike’s also offers eight different varieties of flatbreads, including a Taco Flat, the traditional Sausage Flat, and a popular Buffalo Chicken Flat. All nicely priced, especially on Wednesdays when 10 bucks will buy any flatbread with a house salad and a treat from local bakery, Cupcake Amore.
The menu is a blast to read, chock full of funny commentary, but it’s the generously plated food that will keep you coming back.
“There’s something on the menu that can appeal to everyone, even kids,” said Holmes. “We have our adult days and nights, but at the same time it’s nice to have families here.”
Menu choices include a sizzling Sirloin served with house made steak butter and Bourbon Maple Pork Chops, a bone-in chop served with veggies and the potato of the day. Craving fish? Try the Guinness Fried Shrimp or Fish and Chips, served with a side of homemade cole slaw. For crab lovers, Mike’s Crab Dip is the ticket. Decadently creamy and rich, it doesn’t skimp on the crab.
New dishes set to debut include the Steak Tip Pasta Alfredo and a teriyaki-basted Hawaiian Burger, layered with mozzarella, grilled pineapple and bacon.
But this is Mike’s Grill & Tap, so part of the “plus” is what’s on tap. Mike’s features as many as 24 craft and domestic beers on tap along with a beer cooler stuffed with over 60 specialty canned and bottled beers. Wine and a full-service bar also are available along with ciders and unique libations. When combined with a superior grill menu, “plus” provides an upscale experience for an affordable price – a combination Holmes takes pride in offering to his customers.
“We try to be a little more upper scale without the upper scale price,” Holmes said. “And that includes upscale service. We do things the right way.”