We left home a bit later than we'd planned (isn't that always the case when you have a toddler?) on Wednesday, and we got on the road about mid-morning. After stopping for lunch, we were making pretty good time and decided that, rather than stopping in Valdosta, Georgia, our normal first night resting spot, we'd push on to Lake City. One great thing about living in the age of smartphones and ubiquitous Internet access is that I was able to both book an hour or so ahead of arriving, and scope out an interesting spot to have dinner. We chose Mike's Cafe & Grille. The name appealed to me, of course, and it was the #3 rated restaurant in Lake City on TripAdvisor. Luckily I didn't check the Urbanspoon ratings before ordering, as it only got a 72% at the time.
We arrived around 7PM and the place was almost completely empty, which worried me at first. But the hostess was polite and our server was very friendly as well. She earned points with me and my wife by making over our son numerous times, and he did what he always does when he's told he's cute - he giggled and smiled.
Since I wasn't familiar with the restaurant, I did what I normally do and asked our server what her favorite dish on the menu was. She said she really liked the Salmon Piccata, so I ordered it. It came with this delicious sauce and several shrimp on top and was outstanding. The vegetable medley was pretty good, and the macaroni & cheese, which had both bacon and onions mixed in, was outstanding.
My wife ordered the Chicken Parmesan, and it was quite good. She also ordered a salad (good), and the mac & cheese. She shared her meal with our son and they both liked it.
For dessert, my wife ordered the Death By Chocolate. While it was far too rich for my tastes, I can't hold that against it because I'm not a huge fan of chocolate to begin with. Both my wife and son loved it.
I ordered the Creme Brulee and it was very, very good. Coming in just behind bread pudding, creme brulee is my second favorite dessert, and Mike's Cafe did it well.
Here's a picture of my wife and son showing just how much he enjoyed the dessert. Believe it or not, this shot came after the first attempt to wipe his face.
I was very happy with Mike's Cafe & Grille. We'll be making more frequent trips to Disney in the coming years, and I'm looking forward to trying them out again. For both the quality of the food and the friendliness of the service, I heartily recommend them if you're in the area.