Millers All Day: A Dining Review on the #MINI
Millers All Day is the kind of restaraunt that makes you want to be hungry. My wife, daughter and I were strolling down King Street in Historic Downtown Charleston and we just kinda ran into the place at a time when my wife was hungry (and therefore everyone was hungry, if you get my meaning.) So we went in.
The first good sign was that queue was good and long. As I tell my patients when I'm running late: When you're going out to eat, you pull over when you see the line of people spilling out the door, and you get in the back of the line. <Patient gives confused look as to why I am telling this story> The moral of the story is that people will wait for good food. We waited.
When I go out to eat, I like a place with a good vibe. Millers All Day has a real good vibe; there's a good buzz of conversation, but it isn't too loud, and people were having a good time. I like good food as much as the next guy, but I don't like places that are so reverent about their food that they don't allow laughter. (Also, I can't afford those places.) Millers All Day hits the sweet spot between spirited atmosphere and mosh pit loud. And the waitress was perfect; friendly and hip without being too chummy or demanding you eat something you don't want to, like grits.
In the end, though, a place to eat lives and dies but the food it serves. I sampled several different offerings (I had to get a feel for the place, right?). The BLT salad was perfect: perfectly cooked (meaning crisp and not overdone) shrimp and warm bacon over a bed of butter lettuce and heirloom tomatoes, with sunflower seeds and a vinagarette that had just enough (but not too much) vinegar. For a guy that had just had a gelatto in the Farmer's marker, I ate every but of it. The quiche my wife ordered was also excellent (she didn't intend to give me any but she excused herself to go to the Ladies Room and didn't take her dish with her) in particular the side salad of fresh asparagus and portabellos topped with a citrus dressing and goat cheese.
I could go on, but (you don't want me to) and the rules of the #MINI are clear: Short and Sweet, Mister. The bottom line is: If you are hungry (or your wife is hungry) and you are in Downtown Charleston, Millers All Day is offering great food and convivial atmosphere All Week.
Peter Hogenkamp is a practicing physician, public speaker and author living in Rutland, Vermont. Peter's writing credits include THE INTERN, a novel based loosely on Peter's medical internship, excerpts of which can be seen on Wattpad; ABSOLUTION, the first book of The Jesuit thriller series; and THE LAZARUS MANUSCRIPT, a stand-alone medical thriller; Peter can be found on his Author Website as well as his personal blog, PeterHogenkampWrites, where he writes about most anything. Peter is the founder and editor of The Book Stops Here, the literary blog for readers and writers written by authors, editors, agents, publishers and poets; the founder and moderator of groups on Facebook (The Library), Google+ (Fiction Writers Anonymous); and the chief of three tribes on Triberr, The Big Thrill, Fiction Writers and The Book Shelf. Peter tweets--against the wishes of his wife and four children--at @phogenkampvt and @theprosecons. Peter can be reached at email@example.com or through his literary agent (Liz Kracht of Kimberely Cameron & Associates) at firstname.lastname@example.org.