Tucked behind a sea of patio umbrellas, Mike & Anne’s offers quality American food in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. On the weekends, crowds descend on the restaurant for brunch. Expect to wait, so be prepared! A couple of moms armed themselves with coloring books and crayons which they dispensed to their little girls, who immediately kept themselves occupied until their table was ready.
When the weather is nice (which is, almost every day here in Southern California), the demand for the patio is high – so if you wanted to be seated more quickly, try asking for inside (or first available).
The food here appeals to both kids and adults alike. While there is no kid’s menu, there are several items which can be ordered a la carte (like a pancake)or adults can share. The pancakes are very popular and are perfectly executed. Light and fluffy, three generously sized pancakes come with your order.
Somehow my daughter managed to make her way through the entire plate. There wasn’t enough maple syrup in the container so we had to ask for more which they happily obliged.
At brunch, there are both breakfast and lunch items (like sandwiches and salads) on offer. I chose the red flannel hash since I love hash and figured it was a little more unusual than the corned beef hash (and possibly the healthier option).
The hash has red and sweet potatoes, beets (hence the red color), onions and bacon dancing throughout, so maybe it doesn’t quite qualify as healthy. It was a nicely sized potion so I didn’t feel too stuffed or guilty afterwards. Being a healthy eater, I rescued my mother’s leftover potatoes off her plate, saving them from going to waste, and ate them.
My husband chose the Garden Omelette (baby spinach, oven-roasted tomato, mushrooms, onions, sweet peppers and goat cheese). It was HUGE but still remained nice, light and fluffy. It came with potatoes and choice of toast (walnut pecan or sourdough).
Prices are decent, considering the quality of the food. If this restaurant was in West LA, it would be at least $2-3 more per entree. The Bloody Mary looked amazing, but with a drive back to West LA, my husband had to pass.
There’s plenty of two hour parking on the street, with the restrictions being enforced every day including Sundays so keep a watch on the time.
Mike & Anne’s also does a great dinner menu. The restaurant has fewer families at night and takes on a more romantic glow with dimmer lights and candles. If you’re looking for a good meal and don’t mind a wait (or make reservations ahead of time), Mike & Anne’s has what you’re looking for – breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Location: 1040 Mission St., South Pasadena 91030
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – No
Pesco-Vegetarian Friendly – Yes
Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes