Good Karma comes from hard work and perseverance.
Sometimes it comes as a surprise.
Good Karma can also come in the form of an awesome burger;
Honestly made and deliciously unexpected.
Mick's Karma Bar is a one-of-a-kind, Irvine treasure hidden away in the Main Plaza office complex.
Don't be fooled. Mick's doesn't offer yoga classes or zen meditation workshops. And vegans beware: burgers are the center of Mick's universe; good, old fashioned, 100% angus sirloin burgers to be exact.
The secret is steak hache, which is made from freshly gound meat. The burger patties aren't even formed until an order is placed. The result is a straight-off-the-backyard-grill flavor that makes you wonder why more restaurants don't follow Mick's simple plan.
The menu is displayed on the wall-sized chalkboard behind the counter. It's a detailed list of all-natural burger concoctions featuring spicy hummus or portabello mushrooms or fresh guacamole. But it's the Karma Burger that has made Mick's an Orange County foodie favorite.
Maybe it's the perfectly juicy beef patty.
Maybe it's the light and freshly baked bun.
Maybe it's the slightly spicy Karma Sauce dripping down the side.
Most likely it's the combination of all three; creating what is so desperately needed in a fussy-burger world: simple goodness.
"I like to stick to the basics," said owner Michael Schepers. "I decided to simplify the menu so we could execute it well. We focus on making a good product with good service. It's what people like."
People definitely like Mick's Karma Bar; on Facebook, Yelp and Twitter.
Social media has turned Scheper's restaurant into an online sensation. Mick's doesn't use traditional marketing methods because the Internet reaches his burger-seeking consumers directly.
"It's so fast now," said Schepers. "We still listen to customers like we always have, but now the word spreads almost instaneously."
Schepers has learned to adapt to change.
For more than a decade, he has operated a cafe in the same Main Place location. First he had a coffee shop, then a juice bar.
But it wasn't until the economic downturn of 2008 that he learned to make lemonade out of lemons.
Strawberry Basil Lemonade, that is.
"Most of my customers were losing their jobs back then and restaurants were closing," remembers Schepers. "I decided to offer what no one else around me was selling. I switched to burgers."
The result has been an overwhelming success. Most days, there's a line out the door. Mick's has even extended operating hours to include the weekend.
Karma Burgers have received accolades from both food critics and loyal customers alike.
When you see happy eaters filling the tables of what used to be a deserted office campus, you might think that Michael Schepers is lucky. But luck has nothing to do with it.
It's all about the karma.
Mick's Karma Bar
at Main and Gillette
Mon-Sat 11am - 10pm
Sundays 11am - 8pm