3.9
27 votes

Mike's Place

1700 Water Street, Kent, Ohio 44240 USA

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Reasonable
Closed Now
Opens Sat 6a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“Home a full-size X-Wing!”

1. Mike is always right. (just don't ask his wife) 2. Only Mike or the managers may refer to the waitress staff as serving wenches. (They call us studpuppets. Honest!) 3. Special Orders DO UPSET US ! (our kitchen is staffed with former professional wrestlers) 4. The customer is NOT always right. (refer to rule #1) 5. Tips may be thrown at cooks. (in appreciation or as an incentive to never cook again) 6. Yes, burping is allowed and appreciated. (please, no rolling your placemats into megaphones) 7. Thou shalt control thy children or we will provide duct tape. 8. We will not split orders. If you are that cheap, split it yourself. 9. Tip your waitress so they don't lose your order next time. 10. Stop stealing our menus and we'll stop keying your cars. 11. Silverware is for eating with, not for throwing at your waitress to get her attention. 12. No making motorboat noises in your beer. 13. We serve breakfast all day (cuz we never know when your lazy butt is getting out of bed) 14. We realize that the ingredients are similar (water, grains and yeast) but you cannot substitute beer for toast. 15. No jousting with steak knives in the aisles please, it really doesn't impress our waitresses anyway. To best capture their attention, try throwing cash. 16. Please refrain from using "the force" to remove treasured items from our hallowed walls or levitating the X-wing. 17. Please do not try to get a discount by claiming to be a friend of Mike's unless you can answer these questions: a) What was his name before he joined the witness relocation program?  b) How long was he on tour with the Michael Stanley Band?  c) True or false? His AOL screen name is Obi Wannabe Canoli.  d) What was his position in the Reagan Administration?

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Reviewed by
Erica Griffith

  • 92 Reviews
  • 95 Helpful
July 02, 2014

I've been here a few times. The food isn't to die for, but the atmosphere is really fun. My younger brothers always enjoy pretending like they're flying or fighting the fighter jet out front.

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Reviewed by
Agnes

  • 66 Reviews
  • 48 Helpful
June 18, 2014
Rated 3.0

"Star Wars: Episode VII is currently filming in Abu Dhabi, but you don't have to trek out to the middle of the desert if you want to see a real-life X-wing, you only need to visit Mike's Place in Kent, Ohio. He has one parked right out front.

The full-size replica of Star Wars iconic X-Wing Fighter has been docked outside of the Midwestern diner since 1997, and from a distance, you might never guess that it was home built. Originally, the fighter was anchored to the roof of Mike's Place where it looked out over the college town a full two years before Episode I was released in theaters. Before too long, the X-Wing was pulled down and placed in the parking lot where visitors could fully appreciate the craft.

Unfortunately, no one will be using the X-Wing to engage dogfights anytime soon. While it used to be possible to open the hatch and climb inside, the owner has since sealed the cockpit shut. They don't make aftermarket alarm systems for space-age fighter jets, apparently.

Luckily, the inside of Mike's Place is just as cool as the vehicle they have parked outside. You can chow down on your burger and fries inside of an old bus, or if you're feeling a bit more regal, you can always head to the back and eat in the castle-themed room, complete with a throne and all. Even their methods of payment are colorful, offering to comp your meal for a good R2-D2 unit, or even some healthy livestock. Of course, cold hard cash always does the trick too."

Greg Newkirk

1 person found this review helpful
  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 05, 2016
Rated 3.0

Don't ask for a -to-go order. As others mentioned this place has unique ambiance unlike any other. We stopped on our way to Niagara Falls for my son to see the x-wing out front. We weren't ready to eat, so I asked for a dessert menu. When they found it, the hostess said she needed to find a server to take my order. Once someone finally appeared, I simply asked if they had strawberry milkshakes (the menu had milkshakes on it but didn't list flavors). The server said "No! We don't specialize in milkshakes, we just have hard packed icecream!" Then I asked what flavors, she said Chocolate and Vanilla, of course. -Like I should already know this. I ordered for my kids but should have just left. Maybe customer service is better if you sit at a table.

The menu online is mostly up to date (the milkshakes weren't on it. . If you have any allergies like we do you can forget it. They don't want to deal with you. Read the end of the menu. It's junk food if you like that and can tolerate it. Again, the decorations
are amazing so that is why they got 3 stars.

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Reviewed by
elyzabeth.marcussen

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 03, 2016
Rated 4.0

Friendly, fun and frenetic! All of the wonderful kitsch hanging on the walls, from the ceilings, inside and out make this a fun road stop with lots of photo opps. If you had to wait for food ... we didn't... there is plenty to look at, including the menu, which is loaded with little quips and stories and jokes, so much so, they ask for people to stop stealing it and sell it on the cheap. We managed to show up on a Tuesday evening where Big Daddy burgers were just 3.49. We walked out of there after nachos, a salad, two burgers, fries and two sodas for 19 something. We would go again for sure if we ever find ourselves in that area again!

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Mike's Place

1700 Water Street
Kent, Ohio
44240 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Mon - Thu: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri, Sat: 6:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Yes Parking

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