Mickey’s Country Kitchen: Closed
It’s true. Mickey’s Country Kitchen is closed. :(
UPDATE (7/23): Rumor has it, Mickey’s closed a few days after this review was posted. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t have anything to do with my review. I can’t believe the rumor until I see if Mickey’s is closed for myself. I’ll be checking on it this week. Stay tuned.
Mickey’s Country Kitchen is the place to go when you’re feeing empty. Whether it’s your stomach or your heart that needs some TLC, you’re guaranteed to leave Mickey’s completely full on both accounts. The gals running the place are as sweet as the iced tea they serve and it’s virtually impossible to get out of there without being called “Honey”, “Sweetheart” or “Darlin’”, so don’t even try it.
The restaurant is situated in an unassuming building on Main Street (Highway 62), which runs right through downtown Newcastle. The front is painted red, which might catch your eye, but the red sign with the marquee in the parking lot is just about the only way passersby will know what the building holds. They’re great about keeping the marquee up-to-date with the daily specials, which they almost always run out of due to their popularity.
Mickey’s takes pride in serving made-to-order good ol’ fashioned home cooked meals at great prices. Chicken Fry? Of course. Beans & Cornbread? Comin’ right up, doll! Breakfast? Served ’til 2pm. Club Sandwiches and Burgers? Served on homemade bread.
Mickey’s homemade bread is one of the best parts about dining there. They’ll bring a basket of it, sliced extra-thick with butter for large groups to snack on while they wait for their meal to be made with love. It’s soft with a hint of sweetness.
Torn between eating breakfast or lunch, I decided to go with the Chicken Tenders. The menu description sold me on my choice: ”No store bought strips here! Made from our own homemade recipe, hand breaded and served with your choice of a side of country gravy, honey mustard or BBQ sauce.”
After an internal battle over the sides, I selected mashed potatoes (a given, of course) and corn… no — green beans… no — corn!
While I waited, I took in my quirky surroundings. Red and white gingham, Coca-Cola artwork and a red-painted floor kept with the theme of the red and white-painted building. A girl, probably eight years-old or so, shuffled proudly past me, the spurs on her boots jingling with each step. I was thinking about how cute she was and how that was totally something I would have done as a little girl, when her dad passed by her a few moments later, in boots and spurs, of course. I love Oklahoma.
There were plenty of endearing odds and ends adorning the walls to mull over. The most important of them all was the sign that read: ”We don’t do fast food, we do good food as fast as we can.” That sign made me feel a lot better about the 40-minute wait I endured for my lunch.
When I finally did get my meal, I found myself slightly disappointed by the two chicken tenders on my plate. Just two? But then I came to my senses after reminding myself it was lunch, for heaven’s sake, and I had a giant slice of bread, a bowl of gravy, mashed potatoes and homemade green beans (they were out of corn — good! I wanted green beans anyway!).
The first chicken tender I had was very good. The breading was crunchy and peppery and the chicken was piping hot. The second one was pretty burned on one half, so I left that half alone. I was a little sad about that, since I only got two chicken tenders to begin with.
The mashed potatoes were drizzled with a little bit of gravy and had a few small, soft chunks of potato in them, which I don’t mind. The gravy was mild and thin, which is good for the mashed potatoes (and probably better for my arteries), but I couldn’t quite get my chicken tender as gravy-coated as I normally like. So, I devised a method of dunking the chicken in the mashed potatoes, and then in the bowl of gravy that was brought with my meal. Noooow we’re talking.
I was so grateful they were out of corn because those green beans were the best green beans I have ever had. They’re perfectly seasoned and cooked with bacon, which you can taste in every single bite. They’re a must-order!
By the time I finished everything, I was content and more than full. I didn’t even have room for one of their ridiculously delicous homemade cinnamon rolls, among the other desserts they had available that day, including Mississippi Mud Brownies and Millionaire Pie.
This wasn’t my first meal at Mickey’s, so I want to stress that the 40-minute wait wasn’t a typical wait time for lunch. They seemed understaffed on the day I chose to review them. These things happen! All mishaps aside, I will absolutely be back and I highly recommend Mickey’s Country Kitchen to anyone looking for a great home cooked meal.
Take a moment to read the story behind Mickey’s Country Kitchen here (click to make larger):
628 North Main Street · Newcastle, OK
(405) 387-2500 · mickeyscountrykitchen.com