A new Black-owned restaurant is creating serious buzz in Chicago. It appears to be what many have hoped for. Launched by Mikkey Halsted, DJ Toure and Eric Nance according to FakeShoreDrive.com, Mikkey’s Retro Grill owners offer American cuisine that is affordable, delicious and open late.
The Hyde Park eatery serves beef, salmon, turkey and veggie burgers to satisfy the diverse tastes of the community, but as the name suggest is a throw back to a time where diners offered great burgers, fries, nachos, wings, onion rings, shakes, and other items needed “for a successful cheat day.”
Nance, in the FOX Chicago interview below challenges Au Cheval’s, a top burger spot in downtown Chicago, for the best burger in town.
Already in the restaurant business, through Litehouse Whole Food Grill, Nance has fed roughly 24,000 homeless people and is on a mission to help create jobs and curb violence in the city. It’s part of Nance’s mission to provide healthy food and feeding, housing and hiring the homeless and those that society may discard because of “youthful indiscretions.”
Mikkey’s was inspired “while playing around in the Litehouse Whole Food Grill kitchen,” he explains on their Facebook page. “Myself, my brother Mikkey and some of the other chefs would create some of the best all natural sauces, burger and wing concepts known to man. After having a “burger week” and then a “wings week” and creating shakes, floats and funnel cakes, they decided to open a new place.
In the video below, while speaking with a perfect combination of humility and pride, Nance showcases a delicious looking array of amazing looking burgers. Equally as amazing is the fact that popular Chicago Hip Hop artist Mikkey Halsted stands quietly in the background without saying a word.
Doors open at 6:30am daily and closes at 4am everyday besides Friday night/Saturday morning. For more info, visit their website to view menu and order online.