So I know just a few weeks ago, I was bashing on the OC for its lack of versatility in the food business, but a few days ago, I couldn’t help myself and drove back down just for this one tiny cafe that pretty much all the locals in Irvine know about; Micks Karma Bar. It’s nested within the confines of a corporate district, which may feel strange if you come here since you walk past all these big, tall, boring office buildings before you stumble upon this little diamond. But don’t be deceived. Students to families all come gather there for the yummy delight served there, so I suggest its better to come during non-lunch hours or else you may face a stream of office workers trying to fight their way in line. Personally, for the many years that I have came to Mick’s however, I never had to worry about waiting too long.
Anyways, the burgers here basically make umami burgers look like a joke, and its surprising how that hype even came about few years back when people dropped a whopping $20-$25 bucks just on burgers; a piece of meat slapped onto some patties. Micks Karma Bar makes this all American dish with upmost quality for the fraction of the cost of an umami burger. The meat is so tender and juicy, doused with the specialty Mick’s Karma secret homemade sauce, and the potato wedges that are perfectly fried to crispy utter perfection. Not only is everything on the burger side of the menu yummy, but all the tea selections are exceptionally unique in taste as well. Two of my favorites are Strawberry Basil Lemonade and the Mojito Lemonade. Neither of them is the basic, standard lemonade you’ve ever tasted because these teas are so three-dimension and they have the perfect blend of bitter, sweet, and sourness to create such a flavor that confuzzles your taste palette of what you typically expect out of a drink.
Although their menu selection is rather modest, you’ll never be disappointed in ordering anything from Mick’s Karma Bar because every item is cooked and prepped fresh with such great quality, especially for what you pay for; merely under $10 bucks.
It may not strategically be located in the best location for their business to be booming, but there’s always returning customers and I wouldn’t be surprised give or take a few more years, these guys are going to be expanding their branches elsewhere.
Mick’s Karma Bar
2010 Main St, Ste 165 Irvine, CA 92614