Mikey’s Kitchen is located at 909 E. Napoleon St., Sulphur. (Michael Cooper / American Press)
Mikey’s philly steak po-boy with onion rings. (Michael Cooper / American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:26 AM
In an old building in an even older part of Sulphur sits Mikey’s Kitchen.
There’s nothing fancy about the one-page menu, nothing eye-catching about the decorations and the most exotic thing you can order is a basket of fried pickles.
But after few bites you realize that there is something special about the food.
Mikey’s excels at offering good, everyday food done the right way.
My wife and I started off with the fried catfish bite appetizer for $4.99.
Catfish has always been my favorite fish but I have never been a fan of cornmeal batter. Trying Mikey’s offering may have changed that.
The bites were not greasy and the fish meat was flaky and fresh without a hint of sliminess. I did have to add a little cajun seasoning to the fish but I still say it was great. Though the basket was big, if you have more than three people in your party I would suggest ordering more than one.
My wife chose the shrimp basket for $7.99 while I picked the philly steak po-boy, also for $7.99.
The shrimp basket comes with 10 medium butterflied shrimp, two hushpuppies, cole slaw and a choice of french fries or onion rings. The 10-inch po-boy also came with a choice of fries or rings.
The shrimp were crispy, fresh and cooked to perfection. Just like the catfish bites, they were not greasy and the cornmeal batter was not overpowering.
The homemade hushpuppies had bits of jalapeno in them and were not the least bit dry.
Neither my wife nor I have a taste for cole slaw so we have no idea if it was good or not.
The philly steak po-boy was hearty and filling.
The meat was tender and juicy and the bread, which had been toasted, held the sandwich together well.
Since we are huge onion ring fans, we both choose them and skipped on the fries.
The onions rings were the real highlight of the meal for me. I am picky about my rings and these delivered on every level.
They were big, think-cut rings with a good batter that did not take anything anyway from the sweet onion.
Everything we tried was obviously made to order. Despite this, we did not have to wait long for any of the food and the service really good.
Our bill came to $27.26, or $32 with a tip.
For just under $14 per person it was well worth the price. I have been told that the breakfast menu at Mikey’s is good too and I think I will go back and find out for myself.
In a bit of good news for those of us who can’t take a full lunch break. Mikey’s opened a pick-up window on April 1. You can call ahead and get your order without having to wait in a line.
I did fib a bit when I said Mikey’s has a one-page menu.
There is the cover sheet and another page for Mikey’s newest offering — snow cones.
There are 35 snow cone flavors, including five sugar-free options. There are five cup size, ranging from small for $1.50 to Mikey’s Size for $4.75.
I was too full to try a snow cone on this trip but I have promised my kids we’ll go and give it a shot.
A bit of trivia, the building Mikey’s is in once housed Randy’s, a restaurant many of our older Sulphur readers will remember. There’s a copy of an menu from Randy’s on the wall and the one item that jumps out at your is the ribeye steak ... for $1.25.
Mikey’s looks a little small, 10 tables and about three seats at the bar area, but there is a backroom with seating for around 50 people.
For being an old building Mikey’s was clean, bright and well maintained.
The bathrooms though small, were very clean as well.
• Mikey’s Kitchen is located at 909 E. Napoleon St., Sulphur.
• Hours: 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
• Telephone: 337-287-4889.
• Online: www.mikeyskitchen.net.