By ALLISON MATYUS
A new burger joint in town promises healthy “cheat day” meals with a side of fresh ingredients.
Mikkey’s Retro Grill, 5319 S. Hyde Park Blvd., is the second restaurant endeavor from Hyde Parker Erik Nance. Nance, who also owns Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 1373 E. 53rd St., explained that the idea for Mikkey’s actually came out of Litehouse’s kitchen.
“We would make wings and burgers in the back just playing around in the kitchen and they were always phenomenal,” Nance said.
When Nance heard of an empty space on Hyde Park Boulevard was open for lease, he jumped to it as a way to expand the food options in the neighborhood.
Mikkey’s Retro Grill serves up Angus, veggie, turkey and salmon burgers, fresh cut fries, creamy milkshakes and chicken wings, all with organic ingredients that are true to Nance’s style of cooking. Menu items can be made gluten-free and vegan options are offered as well.
“There’s nothing in the fries other than potatoes and sea salt. The turkey burger is 100 percent grinded turkey thigh…it’s all natural still,” he said. “I would say that Litehouse is what people want to eat, and Mikkey’s is what they actually eat.”
Nance said the milkshakes have already received a reputation since the restaurant opened a few weeks ago.
“We sold about 100 shakes in a blizzard the other day so that tells you that the shakes are pretty good,” Nance said.
Since opening, the feedback has been pretty positive for Nance. He said that the burgers have been overwhelmingly popular and that they sell about 400 a day.
“This is my favorite Angus burger I have ever had,” said restaurant guest Gregory McGee, who said it was his second time eating at Mikkey’s in 24 hours.
Nance wants the business to be an all around experience for customers, which is why Mikkey’s is open until 4 a.m. and as of this week, serves breakfast from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
He also wants to make the way customers receive their food more efficient than ever before. There is a pick-up window on the side of Mikkey’s and Nance is working on a delivery method that tracks the entire delivery process; from clicking order on the Mikkey’s website to receiving your food.
Nance said that with good food aside, he is doing what he is doing with Hyde Park in mind.
Nance said, “I love the community and I’ve already done so much in this community…and I want to do more.”