Report Card: Matt the Miller’s Tavern

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Matt the Miller's Tavern on Urbanspoon
http://mtmtavern.com

Overall Grade B+

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B+:  We should start out with a disclaimer:  we visited Matt the Miller’s Tavern for lunch, so the atmosphere and service may be totally different for dinner.  Matt the Miller’s Tavern was more spacious than I expected based on its name (tavern = tiny, usually).  The tavern was very clean and fairly quiet (remember: lunch), but there were still quite a few diners present.  We were fairly surprised at the amount of business this tavern was generating for lunch.  Once we got our food, we understood why.  Décor was standard tavern fare with nothing that takes your breath away.  That being said, Matt the Miller’s Tavern came across as a really nice place to eat.

High marks:  Clean, quiet, and bigger than expected

Low marks:  Décor is pretty standard for a tavern

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Service:  Grade B:  We usually scoff when our server is the bartender (especially if we are not seated at the bar), but the duo behind the bar at Matt’s did a nice job with our service.  Drinks and food flowed appropriately, and no mistakes were made with the meal.  The only negative was that our servers were a little too busy to really engage us (which is why there is scoffing at bartender/servers), but overall they did a very good job.

High marks:  Good service, minimal wait for drinks and food, no mistakes

Low marks:   Bartender/servers too busy to engage us

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A-:  As we were having lunch and Katina and I are trying to keep our secret lives as lushes on the DL, there were no alcoholic beverages consumed at Matt the Miller’s Tavern.  Mark this on your calendar – it may be the only time I say we visited a “tavern” and did not drink any grown-up drinks.  For an appetizer, we decided to try the Bavarian Pretzel Bites.  Just between you and me, Katina has an unhealthy attraction to pretzel bites, something she passed on to our daughter.  The bites came with a roasted garlic sauce and a sweet and tangy mustard sauce.  Both sauces were absolutely amazing.  The actual pretzel bites looked odd, but they tasted delicious.  Once we were done with the pretzel bites, our server almost lost a hand trying to remove the leftover sauces from our table (not a good idea if you are providing us with knives).  We were definitely thinking about our fries (we left the ketchup untouched) when we demanded our sauces remain on the table.  Katina had something called Matt’s Burger and I had the Bacon Burger.  Both burgers were delicious.  Burgers are not that hard, but it is astounding how hard it is to get a really good one.  What we are looking for primarily is whether or not the burger is cooked to our specifications.  Medium-well is our default temperature, so we want some pink without the pool of blood.  That doesn’t happen very often, but Matt’s nailed it.  Katina had sweet potato fries (fancy) and I had regular fries (plain).  The fries were great (especially with our sauces).  Everything was well prepared and delicious.  We can’t wait to go for dinner.

High marks:  Excellent fries, pretzel bites, sauces, and burgers

Low marks:  Near casualties because of premature sauce removal

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Value:  Grade B+:  This is a tough one because we usually are grading dinner services.  We dropped a decent amount of coin considering we got burgers.  However, the food was excellent and we highly recommend you stop by when you’re in the neighborhood.

High marks:  Didn’t break the bank

Low marks:  A little pricey considering our dishes

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