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Mike’s Coffee Shop

Owner Demetrios Velaoras says that Mike’s has been slinging hash across from Pratt Institute “for around 60 years.” It’s a cheerful, busy place, with the counter staff joking and laughing as they rush to fill to-go orders. One wall is papered with international banknotes; on the opposite wall, fine original etchings of local architecture alternate with little signs asking patrons not to sit at a booth unless there are at least two of you. The food is standard diner fare, and a placard advertises Mike’s daily special: Belgian waffles with fried chicken, served until 11 am. Breakfast could also be pancakes or French toast; lunch, grilled cheese or a burger with onion rings or fries; dinner, meatloaf or pork chops. For dessert, there’s cake, lemon meringue pie or house-made rice pudding. They also serve milkshakes, spinach pie and Italian specialties. The prices are from yesteryear: the typical platter is five or six bucks and includes generous sides; a bowl of soup is $1.60, and for $10 including tip, you can walk out of Mike’s stuffed, with leftovers. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner until 8 pm during the week and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Where: 328 DeKalb Avenue at St. James Place
Tel: (718) 857–1462
How much: Entrees: $5–$8.50.
Cash only.
Updated Nov. 2, 2011
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