Uncle Mike's Place | Ukrainian Village/East Village | Filipino, Breakfast, American | Restaurant
Homey, friendly Filipino-American breakfast-and-lunch spot.

Our Review

On the southern edge of Ukrainian Village, just west of Grand Avenue gentrification, a subtle neon sign on a well-maintained brick building offers the only clue to the presence of this wish-it-were-in-my-hood diner. Open for breakfast and lunch beginning at 5 AM Monday through Saturday (6 AM on Sunday), Uncle Mike's offers generously portioned palate-perfect renditions of the classics: fluffy omelets, pork chops, ham, bacon, sausage, juicy medium-rare marinated skirt steak, runny eggs over easy, crisp hash browns, grits. Pancakes are not to be missed—in particular the blueberry-pumpkin, which my wife has pronounced the best she's ever had. Good as the American breakfasts are the Filipino specials such as pork tocino, marinated, anise scented, and subtly sweet, or juicy longanisa, the same basic flavor profile in sausage form. These come plated with garlic rice, fried eggs, and a tomato-onion salad sprinkled with cane vinegar. Breakfast also includes a gratis soup of the day, which might be spicy bean, chicken-rice, or on the weekends, lugaw, a thick rice congee studded with bits of chicken and accented with Filipino fish sauce. Of the lunch standards, salads, sandwiches, a BLT club, and a patty melt are particularly tasty. Service is fast, friendly, and informed, and there are endless refills of Intelligentsia coffee.

Gary Wiviott

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