Where to go: The Mill Tavern
Address: 226 W. 161st St., Westfield
What to get: The tenderloin
Anna’s take: The Mill Tavern holds a special place in my heart because not only does it have exceptional food, drinks and service, it is the place where I met my boyfriend and the love of my life, Seth. We recently celebrated a friend’s birthday at The Mill Tavern, and owners Chris and Kristin Weiler go out of their way to make sure everyone feels welcome. While you’re there, make sure you try the Reuben Rolls ($8.99) to start. They are corned beef rolled up into egg rolls and served with tavern-made 1000 Island dressing. Some of my other favorite appetizer are the buffalo nachos ($10.99), a heaping stack of tavern-made tortilla chips topped with chicken, hot sauce, shredded lettuce, cheese, jalapeños and black bean corn salsa, then drizzled with ranch; fried pickles or mushrooms ($7.50); and the MILL-yaki wings ($12.50). For the main event, try the Wrigley Burger ($10.50) with peanut butter and jalapeños, or the tenderloin ($9.99). Add ham and cheese to the tenderloin for an extra $2.50. It’s my favorite take on a pork tenderloin. The tenderloin is hand-breaded and lightly fried and is quite delicious and filling.
Make an effort to stop by the Mill. The Weilers are incredible people who I feel like would give the shirts off their back to someone in need, and their restaurant is one that truly deserves to weather the pandemic.