The restaurant reviewed last week was Millie’s Diner, 302 W. Division St. in Marine. If you go, enjoy the dozens of photos and articles all over the walls!
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I noticed a place on the “main drag” of a town close to me. Every time I drove by, I saw they had a daily special listed on a sign. This made me curious, so I cajoled my usual dining partner to go there. We found a parking place on the street near the restaurant and walked in.
There was a long bar on the right, with two televisions over it. A closed-circuit TV was near the door, keeping an eye on things outside. Three more televisions were on the left. The largest one had a full-size outboard motor hanging beside it. There were two high tables that could each seat six and several square tables, each fitted with a padded green cover. A pool table stood in the middle of the floor. Gaming tables were off to the left side, with a yellow strip warning underage patrons not to enter that area. I also saw a dart game, an ATM and a jukebox. Plaques proudly proclaimed prowess in various contests.
We took one of the square tables. It held a menu, salt, pepper, sugar and sweetener packets and a napkin dispenser. Our server was at our table in a flash to take our drink orders. We both ordered lemonade, which he had up for us in a minute. I had questions about some menu items with unusual names, and he explained each one. My companion ordered the special, fried pork tenderloin on a bun with crinkle fries. I wanted to try different things, so I had a taco, a corn dog and a cod sandwich. My companion suddenly wanted a nacho appetizer, so we ordered that as well.
The nachos were brought out immediately, with jalapeños on the side as I had requested. Our server had told us that there was not much to them, and he was correct; just chips and cheese sauce. We ate them all, but a fork would have been nice. We used a bunch of the napkins.
We had just finished the nachos when he came back with our food in plastic baskets. We requested catsup and mustard. Our server whipped the containers out of his pockets like an old-time gunslinger. We were both astonished at the size of the sandwiches. They were huge! My cod stuck way out of both sides of the rye bread, and the pork tenderloin was about twice as big as the artisan bun. Everything was smoking hot and tasted great. I alternated between the cod, the corn dog and the taco. I’m going to keep an eye open for taco night, because I really liked it.
My only problem was with the lemonade. It just didn’t taste good. But there is a full bar, and I am sure one could order anything else he might want.
The two restrooms were reasonably clean. When I came back to the table, I was still intrigued by the description of a particular dessert, but we were both very full. I ordered it to go, and when I ate it later, it was delicious!
The nachos were $3.50, the pork tenderloin special was $7.50, the cod was $6.25, the corn dog and taco were each $1.75 and the yummy dessert was $3.50. I paid at the bar.
Overall – 5 stars
Service – 5 stars
Cleanliness – 4 ½ stars
Food – 5 stars
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