I've passed by Mills Market multiple times, but never had the courage to stop.
I don't know why, it's not like it's a scary place--actually, it looks quite inviting.
Situated right in the middle of the Thorton Park neighborhood on the corner of Gore Street and Mills, the market is a cute little one-stop shop with a surprise--a full menu! Maybe that's why I was so nervous to stop in; I mean, the sign advertises food and beer, but it's not like I needed milk and eggs, so I felt like if I wasn't picking up the necessities, then I didn't have a right to enter.
I soon figured out how wrong I was when my boyfriend moved in just down the street.
Now Mills Market is the place we walk to and waste hours talking and drinking beer. It's really quite nice; all the locals stop by after work and do the same. They bring their dogs and friends and converse for hours at one of the many outside patio tables. It's a super relaxed atmosphere and if you don't stay for at least an hour, the owner might be offended.
I found out some interesting history about the building on the market's website . It was once a house built in 1920 that, over the years, was transformed into a food market, a meat market, and produce market, a dry cleaners, and even a restaurant. Now, it is simply, Mills Market.
But enough about the history, let's talk about the menu. Besides having a bunch of speciality beer, the market also has a great vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) menu. Last Friday I had the Falafel wrap ($6.39) topped with red onion, tons of fresh spinach and an interesting sesame mayo sauce. It was awesome, but what made it so awesome was that it was wrapped in a soft tortilla.
The grilled cheese ($4.29) is of course a classic, but I've yet to try the Lake Emerald vegetarian ($6.39.) It sounds pretty delicious--roasted peppers, pesto mayo, tomato, onion and spring mix on wheat bread.
You can also make your meal a combo for only $1.50 more. The combo comes with a drink and your choice of chips, potato salad, fruit salad Tomazza salad or Cole slaw. I always opt for the Tomazza--it's great and refreshing on a hot day.
So, if you have a whole day to waste I would suggest heading over to Mills Market. Trust me, you won't want to leave.