Matt the Miller’s Tavern is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant. Like the traditional miller of early times our job is to make sure the neighborhood is always well fed. We go above and beyond to make sure your food is exceptional, your glass is full, and you always have enough of what you need. With great food, cold beer, and an impressive wine and cocktail list we are the place to bring family and friends for good times.
Matt the Millers Tavern - Dublin, OH - Restaurant Review
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|Address||6725 Avery Muirfield Dr|
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|Featured Meals||Brunch • Lunch • Dinner|
|Featured Food||Burgers • Kid Friendly Food • Salad • Sandwiches • Seafood • Steak|
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Tavern On the Road To Gastropub
If you have ever spent time in London, then the idea of a gastropub is familiar to you. It is a hybrid between a great bar/pub and great restaurant.
Matt The Millers is Dublin, Ohio's version of a gastropub. Or at least on that road.
A "pub" is shortened term for a public house in countries and regions of British influence. Their primay purpose is to serve alcohol, and secondarily food. There are over 50,000 such liquor-licensed establishments in the UK alone. Most serve as a unique focal point of the village or community they serve. There really is no equivalent American cultural phenomenon to a British pub - it is the center of their social universe at a local level.
The food in many pubs is not very good. For years, pubs tarnished the reputation of all restaurants in Britain. They became the poster child as Europe's worst food. On the menu of almost every pub,you would find such acquired tastes as shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, ploughman's lunch, pasties, and, on weekends, a (stringy and tough) roast beef special. Most of it aspired to "microwave" quality.
Gastropubs (and an onslaught of great British chefs and world-class restaurants in the early 1990s) changed the well-deserved and global impression that British food was bad. The name combines gastronomy and pub - quality food, often haute cuisine - with a beer list that serves as an alternative to a fine wine list to match each food. And of course, the social conviviality of a neighborhood tavern. Many pubs have evolved to this higher form of pub hybrid. Ok, a little of the intense neighborhood feel maybe was lost, but so was the lousy food.
I'm not sure Matt the Miller's has yet acquired the cultural gravitas of a couple of centuries old local pub. Nor do they yet have the culinary excellence of famous gastropubs like The Eagle in London or Clerkenwells in NY. But they are on the right track to making a distinctive dining experience that combines good and interesting food, a wide range of alcoholic beverages, especially beers, to match up with the food, and a fun environment to enjoy with friends, or maybe make some new ones.
I went with a friend I hadn't seen in several years. He had the Veggan Blackbean Burger, which he devoured. He is normally a meat eater, and gave the waitress a true compliment - he'd order that again.
I had the tuna flatbread, which was a flatbread topped with an asian cole slaw, flash fried rare sesame-seeded tuna, drizzled with a wasabi sauce. It was really good, very different and unexpected for a tavern, and I couldn't eat the whole thing myself.
Other reviewers say good things about the sliders, and the clam chowder. Their menu is chock full of photos that looked like food porn.
Matt the Miller was crowded at lunch the Monday I went - it is obviously very popular. Everyone arrived about noon, and wanted out by 1pm. Service suffered a little bit as they got slammed. Not terrible, but it was hard to get our bill serviced at the end. The only other negative I noted was ingress-egress - MTM is a little hard to find, and even harder to get out of due to the strange road network of which it is a part.
That said, MTM is worth seeking out. The beer assortment alone is worth the trip. They are way ahead of other taverns like Rusty Bucket or The Old Bag of Nails, at least in terms of menu and taste. Like the others, they serve burgers and salads and sandwiches, but MTM's are better quality, more interesting, and not as "heavy".
Not cheap, but the good stuff never is.
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