It is one of my great hopes in life to at some point live near or above a friendly little local watering hole with cold beer and solid cheeseburger not unlike the McLaren's of How I Met Your Mother Fame. That dream of mine may or may not be realized someday due to other more frivolous life plans taking priority like "finding a nice house in a good neighborhood" or "getting married". Psssh details details details. Until that day comes I've just decided to check out bars in neighborhoods that would be good candidates. The Mill Tavern in Westfield is just such a place.
Located in a strip mall in a sleepy northern suburb of the Circle City the Mill Tavern is nothing if not unassuming. If I didn't have a friend who lived nearby I probably wouldn't even know it existed. But when you walk inside from the parking lot it is immediately noticeable that you are in more than just another bar. The Mill Tavern is warm, inviting, and friendly. It's the kind of place that you can tell your more sophisticated friends that you're going there in order to "build social capital in your community" instead of merely knocking a few back until you forget your snobby friends' names in the first place. In any case a few weeks back I decided to build some of my own social capital and join a friend on a birthday outing.
After having a couple Bud Lights (If you're out there I accept free samples Anheuser Busch people!) I decided that the opportunity to have food from a place I've never been before was too good to pass up. The menu definitely has some bar standards on it, but my eye was immediately drawn to their specialty burgers, specifically the burger called The Jellystone. The concept of the Jellystone burger is a simple one. Take a standard cheeseburger and add a schmear of black raspberry jelly underneath the melted cheese. All at once a burger that is both simple and completely ridiculous. I had to try it. After all according to the menu it is Kristin's fave...whoever the heck that is.
Taste 7/10 Good starting concept, the burger was cooked nicely, and the fries were tasty. This burger could be modified and made better. I like the Mill Tavern overall, and if I lived closer I'd be a more frequent customer.
Value 6/10 The burger was 7 dollars before the fries were added, but I have to say the size/magnitude of the burger didn't really feel like a 7 dollar burger. The beer prices were average for a Fri/Saturday night. This isn't a college bar where you can get plastered for 10 bucks. This is a nice community place with normal prices and good friendly service to keep you coming back.
The idea for this blog is to blog about everything I think about food and food culture. I'll tell you what I like to eat, where I like to eat it and if I thought it was good or if I thought it was crap. My thoughts about food could go anywhere. Hey if you don't like it go blog at methodicaldudereallythinksalotaboutthefoodhesgoingtoeat.blogspot.com