Friday, August 16, 2013

Local Foodie Moment: Matt the Miller's Tavern, Grandview

And we finally make it to Friday, YEY!  For some reason our new restaurant trials go in waves.  Get your surf boards folks because the next couple weeks there will be plenty of LFM's to share!

Last Saturday we made plans with friends to get dinner at Matt the Miller's Tavern in Grandview.  I feel like I heard a lot of buzz about this place awhile ago but never got around to going.  So we decided to give it a try!  For a Saturday evening it wasn't too busy which was surprising.  That could be in part to Pelotonia going on so maybe Columbusites were downtown near Columbus Commons instead.  Either way, we had a delicious meal, great service and will definitely return in the future!

Chalkboards behind the bar of what's on tap

Chris and I had an errand to run beforehand which didn't take as long as expected so we got there a little earlier than our friends.  We decided to take a seat at the bar and have a drink while we waited.  I landed on the Elderflower Martini and Chris picked a Chimay beer.  My martini was a smidge sweeter than I care for but was very light and refreshing, almost like spiked lemonade!  Chris' beer was good and it ended up pairing well with the burger he ordered.

Elderflower Martini
While we were at the bar we noticed a Creme Brulee Stout on tap that sounded too interesting not to get a taster of.  We both tried it and it was actually very yummy, the after taste was just like creme brulee!  I'm not sure I could drink a whole one but it was definitely be a good replacement for dessert!


The menu was diverse but not overwhelming.  Our server was great at helping us make final decisions and had the bar tender come over to help with any beer pairings.  Chris and I had a late breakfast with no lunch so by dinner time we were pretty hungry.  

I opted for the Peppercorn Burger, which is dusted with peppercorns, topped with brie cheese, bacon, red onion marmalade, arugula, tomato and ale mustard sauce on a brioche bun.  I love brie, brioche and burgers so this sounded like an all around win.  It most definitely was a win worthy of hashtag proportions! (#winning...yep I just did that)  Typically I'm not into frilly burgers with lots of toppings but this changed my ways!  It was cooked just right and the combination of flavors was amazefest.  

Peppercorn Burger and Breckenridge Agave Wheat Beer

Chris decided to go big and go for The Miller Burger, a 3/4 lb. patty topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, swiss, cheddar, garlic sauce and creamy slaw on a rosemary potato bun.  As you can imagine it was a substantial burger.  Somehow he finished it all!  He was "Thanksgiving stuffed" when it was all said and done but he was vey pleased with his piggy decision.

The stages of "The Miller" 

They also have a great selection of flatbreads.  One of our friends got the Pear and Gorgonzola flatbread and she gave me a piece.  The pears were just right, not too mushy or gross, they still had a bit of crisp to them which I really liked.  

Overall we had a great experience.  Good service including complimentary valet parking, great food and good drink choices!  They have two other locations: Dublin, OH and Carmel, IN.  The restaurant was clean and the staff was all very friendly.  The prices were very reasonable for the quality of food.  They also had a kids menu and the atmosphere was one that welcomed families but didn't feel like you were overrun by little ones screaming and the like (i.e. other chain burger joints).

Matt the Miller's Tavern on Urbanspoon

Next up I've got a few new recipes to share along with more LFM's!  Have a great weekend!


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