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Dinner at the Mill St. Brewpub

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air621 Jul 22, 2008 07:22 PM

Ugh. Don't do it. Stick with the pints. Go to Pure Spirits instead.

  1. atomeyes Jul 25, 2008 07:01 AM

    I don't understand what's going on there...
    they just don't seem to have their act together.

    we went there last summer. the place looked nice, we were hungry and we really like Mill Street's Wit, Stock and Tankhouse beers.

    We looked at the menu and the prices are quite high.

    It wasn't busy and the service was awful. Almost indifferent.

    The food was so unremarkable that I can't even recall what we ordered.

    I've been inside a number of times (usually to grab a pint) and the service and management is mind-boggling. I've walked past managers belittling serving staff in the middle of the restaurant!!! Or, I will walk around and look for someone to order from, but its like I'm invisible!

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      Snarf Jul 24, 2008 08:06 AM

      Interesting to note that the large outdoor bar serving the Pure Spirits concert stage has switched away from Mill Street brews, and are serving international and McAuslands beers instead. And the pulled pork from the bbq stand there is fairly decent. Much better deal than the breqpub.

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        Gary Jul 24, 2008 05:26 AM

        The food there is very average, which would be fine with me, except that the prices are well above average. Many of the meal prices are in double-digits where equivalents at other neighbourhood pubs would be $7 or $9.

        The beers are excellent, but I find that most of the servers are not very informed about them, which is a problem in a brewpub that does not sell the normal mainstream beers everyone is familiar with. You need to have a bit of knowledge of the different types of beers to order something you like.

        But my biggest peeve with this place is that even though it is enormous, it often seems to be ridiculously busy with the kitchen and servers deep in the weeds. I think it shows a need for another casual eatery in the Distillery. Many are overpriced or too formal for everyday eating. Perigee is the standout exception, but it's more of a once-a-year-special-ocassion restaurant, for me at least.

        1. JamieK Jul 23, 2008 05:56 PM

          Okay so, is there nothing worthwhile? I have to go there in a couple of weeks to meet with some old (non-chow) friends. And the beer selection will be appreciated of course, but we will eat as well. If there's anything to absolutely avoid, I'd appreciate knowing.

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            pinkprimp Jul 23, 2008 06:00 PM

            I don't think the sliders are anything worth looking at...neither are the fresh pretzels.

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              air621 Jul 23, 2008 08:04 PM

              My wife's salad looked good. The steak tasted a bit over seasoned. I had the pulled pork on an onion bun. I guess I didn't read the menu close enough because it came with a slice of cheddar cheese on it (effin' nasty!). Luckily, the cheese was ice cold and I could pull it off. My 3 year old son had the sliders. I had one of them and it wasn't very good. I haven't had their regular burger. Their specials didn't sound very good.
              I've eaten at Pure Spirits in the past and while expensive, it was good. But I can't think of a restaurant in the Distillery where you can take a 3 year old. I would've gone there instead.

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                pescatarian Jul 24, 2008 04:50 AM

                How was the pulled pork after you took the cheese off?

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                  hungryabbey Jul 24, 2008 04:24 PM

                  Not sure how air621 found the sandwich but in my experience Ive found that the pulled pork at mill st is just okay. I do like the peach bbq sauce that its in but there is literally only like a couple tablespoons of pork on a huuuuge bun, so in my opinion its a really disapointing dish.

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                    air621 Jul 25, 2008 03:40 PM

                    Decidedly below average and tasting more like a hot dog to me than slow cooked pork. Far below what we make at home in the slow cooker.

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                  TorontoJo Jul 23, 2008 08:08 PM

                  Last time I was there (a couple of years ago), the sweet potato fries were pretty tasty.

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                    pescatarian Jul 24, 2008 04:36 AM

                    If you go expecting average pub food, you won't be too disappointed. I haven't been for dinner, but was there for lunch/brunch not too long ago. Everybody at my table of 8 got sweet potato fries, except for me, and they seemed to be a big hit. I know it's kind of hard to screw up breakfast food (although I've seen it done many times), the fry-up I had was great. The eggs were over easy as requested (unfortunately they often come overcooked when I order over easy) and the sausages included were delicious. Someone beside me had a salad that looked pretty fresh and tasty.

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                    embee Jul 23, 2008 05:05 PM

                    Okay beer. Absolutely awful food.

                    1. pescatarian Jul 23, 2008 04:34 PM

                      Don't know about dinner, but I had a great fry-up breakfast there about a month ago. In fact for that kind of thing I'd rather go to Mill Street than any of the other restaurants in the area.

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                        mistermono Jul 23, 2008 04:29 PM

                        I agree. Great beer, weak (and overpriced) food. They outsource the food service to a Firkin-like company and it shows.

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                          red dragon Jul 25, 2008 06:20 PM

                          Yikes, is this the place at Yonge/York Mills? I keep hearing their ads on the radiio for great burgers, but thought the place was a bit pricey when I checked their website. I think I'll take a pass. Thanks for the feedback!

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                            Wahooty Jul 25, 2008 07:41 PM

                            You're thinking of the Miller Tavern...air621 is referring to the Mill St. Brewpub in the Distillery District.

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