We recently spent not one, but two nights at Millstone having dinner. Two consecutive nights on a weekend we drove the 30-40 minutes (one way) to this quiet, little restaurant only to find ourselves hugged with warmth, friendliness and delicious food and it was just what we needed. We had a rough Friday and strangely, I was thinking that what I needed was fried chicken. There was only one place I would consider eating this quintessentially Southern guilty pleasure that I indulge in maybe once every two years and apparently my husband was thinking he needed the very same comfort food. He called me and suggested we drive out to Millstone and I was surprised they had availability with such short notice. It was meant to be. The fried chicken, unfortunately, was not, because it was actually not on the menu that night for the first time in a long time that I had seen. I had only ever had one bite of their chicken, always opting for a special for dinner: duck confit, fresh fish, lobster pot pie. That was okay, there were plenty of comforting foods to choose, so we had poutine, potato leek soup, tempura shrimp and pork chop. If you've never had poutine, this is unbelievable: hand-cut french fries topped with sliced meat (either pulled short ribs, sliced beef or veal), six-hour gravy and shredded cheese. It is insanely good. Our jovial waitress apologized for the chicken not being on the menu, but told us it would be on the next night, but that they were booked and we could always come get some to go. We still left satisfied and happy with our delicious meal.
The next day, we were still in a funk from our recent loss of a pet and hubby said, why don't we go to Millstone for chicken. Again? Was he crazy? Reminding him that they were booked, and that I didn't think the chicken would carry out well, he said call them anyway, and the universe found a way to bring our wishes full circle: a cancellation and they could seat us early! So we were happily crunching away on the owner's great grandmother's buttermilk fried chicken that night, along with her crazy good macaroni and cheese and delicious greens. This is Southern food at its finest. You know it's not really healthy, but the portions aren't huge and it is made with quality local ingredients, gourmet flair, and with love and care, so you feel good about it. And the staff treats you like family, all the while maintaining professional, top notch service.
I fully believe that you get out of situations what you put into them and maybe we are biased by rose-colored glasses, but even coming in a little down and out, with sadness in our hearts, we left with full bellies feeling like we'd been hugged. Oh yeah, we had, but the food hugged us, too.
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