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Miss Millie's for dinner

David | Jul 19, 200401:52 AM

We were craving homey American food and went to Miss Millie's in Noe Valley twice for dinner this week. We were very pleasantly surprised at value and quality of the food.

The first time, we started with portobello mushroom grilled and topped with prosciutto and some kind of crunchy crumbed garlic crouton. We were also served hot biscuits (that actually had enough shortening and butter) and a very tasty rosemary focaccia. She had the fried chicken, which was very good. I had chicken pot pie with a buttermilk biscuit crust. The filling wasn't too gooey and overflowered; it was brothy and natural, the best chicken pot pie I've had in a long time. We had a warm chocolate fondue for dessert, which was OK, but served without a burner, so it started hardening a little early. The wine special was a $20 bottle of 2001 Girasole pinot noir; a little fresh and raw, but very drinkable. I also saw other interesting bottles, mainly from the Russian River and Mendocino areas, for under $35. Total bill: $65 (including the wine)!

Second time, we split a salad of grilled peaches, candied walnuts, and crumbled blue cheese on spinach. The blue cheese and the vinaigrette were just enough to offset the sweetness of the peaches and walnuts. I would definitely get one of the other salads if we went again; the grilled beet salad looked interesting. She had the macaroni and cheese, which I think had fontana and reggiano along with the cheddar, some nice wild mushrooms, I think porcini, and topped with the same garlicy crouton stuff. It was very good, but the serving was enormous. I had the flat iron steak, which was fine, and anytime I can get Niman Ranch beef grilled by someone else for $15, that's fine with me. We ended with a blackberry crisp, which was really a cobbler cooked in a porcelain tart pan, but the tartness was really good after the richness of the food we just ate. Total bill: $75 (including wine)!

So, brunch at Miss Millie's is good, but a little pricey I think; dinner is an exceptional value: simple unpretentious food and wine for rock bottome prices. It's a little more intimate than a place like Chow or Home, so I would definitely give it a try at dinner, when it's much less crazy than at brunch.

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