All I have to say is that the owner of this restaurant, Mike’s Place, must be a wild and crazy kind of guy! From the exterior and interior decor to the menus to the placemats, it was hard to figure out what to look at first!
Located at the corner of SR261 and SR43 in Kent, Ohio, if you didn’t know it was a restaurant, you might think it was some type of museum for Star Wars memorabilia or a funky amusement place! Even the building itself is a very strange concoction of “stuff”.
Outside the main entrance is a life sized homemade Star Wars X-Wing Fighter and across from it is a 180 hp Fageol Twin Coach Engine from 1947. The back of the building looks like the top of a castle and attached to the right hand side is the body of the 1947 Twin Coach (bus) which has been restored and is now part of the restaurant, complete with seating. Who knows what will be added next!
Walking in the door was a trip as well – there is “stuff” everywhere from old license plates, old tools, a mannequin of Elvis and soap box derby cars hanging from the ceiling. As you walk in, to the right is the shell of a huge boat filled with all sorts of paraphenalia, then the entrance to the bus eating area and a huge room in the back where the bar is.
The walls leading to the rest rooms are covered with old newspaper articles, old pictures of friends of Mike, and even a toilet seat mirror. The men’s room door handle is a gas pump nozzle!
We decided to come here because in addition to it piquing our curiosity, it had really good reviews. But the real clincher was the advertised breakfast special – 2 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 sausages, hash browns and toast or French toast or pancakes for $2.99 every day until 10:00 a.m. Oink! Such a deal!
Each menu item has some type of wacky description so you could spend an hour just reading the menu trying to decide what to eat. Then there are the rules for eating – check out the menu and Mike’s rules on their website. Pretty amusing! Even the place mat was fun to read!
The service was excellent and it certainly was entertaining to say the least! I wished that we were staying longer in the area so we could go back for lunch or dinner – oh well, maybe next time. If you are ever in the area, it’s worth your time to stop by!
After we left Mike’s, we decided to take a ride into Cuyahoga Falls, which was about 6 miles west of Mike’s Place, thinking there might be some waterfalls or other nice scenery in the area. Well, maybe there were but we never found them. We did drive by the Riverwalk area which had some shops and galleries but it was getting late so we elected not to stop. After driving around for a bit, we headed back to the ranch.