Mill Street Bar & Table is a farm to table restaurant located in Byram, CT. It’s got a great layout and really cozy outdoor patio in the nicer weather. In the cooler months, you can sit by the fire pit with your cocktail to get some fresh air. (We are big fans of the patio area when it’s available.) Mill street also has a great bar and a spacious dining room layout. Situated in the heart of the dining room is the oyster bar. Here you get full wait staff service with the addition of chit chat and views from the raw bar staff. The decor is rustic at its core, but pops of beautiful color from the unique and beautiful chalkboard art on the walls give Mill Street a fun and upbeat twist. You will also find impressive seasonal displays located throughout the restaurant.
The Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary at Mill Street is amongst the most inconsistent in the world of Bloody Marys. We have had the ‘best of Bloodys’ and the ‘worst of Bloodys’ here. When it’s good- it’s great. When it’s bad- it’s so, so bad. I even sent it back one time because I just couldn’t choke it down. Apparently, Mill street uses a special pepper sauce from the kitchen that gives it it’s unique flavoring and they then put it in the blender giving it more of a smoothie consistency, which is not for everyone. A Bloody Mary smoothie? No thanks, I’ll pass. Thankfully, they have many other delicious cocktail options to choose from. But damn it, how I wish they could get the Bloody Mary right. K.I.S.S. Just saying’…
The Brunch Scene
Mill Street is the perfect candidate for live music at brunch. If this place had some live acoustic Rock and Roll on Sundays at Brunch, Local Taste could stop searching for the perfect Brunch. But…it doesn’t. So the hunt continues. But they do rock a good play list, often inspired by Bob Marley and some other upbeat tunes that help get your Sunday Funday started. Everyone at Mill Street is friendly and it is not uncommon for local tasters to spend hours here just hanging out.[/spb_text_block] [spb_gallery gallery_id=”12898″ display_type=”slider” columns=”5″ fullwidth=”no” gutters=”yes” image_size=”full” slider_transition=”slide” show_thumbs=”yes” autoplay=”yes” show_captions=”yes” enable_lightbox=”yes” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [spb_text_block animation=”none” animation_delay=”0″ simplified_controls=”yes” custom_css_percentage=”no” padding_vertical=”0″ padding_horizontal=”0″ margin_vertical=”0″ custom_css=”margin-top: 0px;margin-bottom: 0px;” border_size=”0″ border_styling_global=”default” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”]
Good to Know
Bunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm and if you love oysters then this is the place to be for brunch. They serve up $1.00 Stella Mar oysters, raw or grilled, and they are awesome! If you aren’t into oysters, the brunch menu undoubtably has something for everyone including fresh juices, traditional breakfast inspired meals, bakery items, a wide selection of raw bar items, and even caviar. There is no way someone can’t find something they like on this menu making Mill Street an easy choice if you are dining with a picky eater.
All about the Eats
Brunch is not just a one and done meal. It is meant to be leisurely and indulgent. Mill Street totally gets that when it comes to the menu. It is broken up to include a wide variety of items that can be mixed and matched into various courses. We recommend raw bar, followed by bakery, then entrees and finally, dessert.
Being big oyster fans and big time brunchers, there is no better way to start the day than with the grilled Stella Mar oysters that come topped with a buttery, herb mixture. And for $1.00 each, we go all in. Our next move following oysters is to nosh on some items from the Bakery Basket or a Chocolate Babka Swirl. The bakery items are a great thing to offer brunchers because it is easy to share and gets something in your tummy quickly while you decide on your main dish. Deciding on your main dish is where things get tricky because these is so much deliciousness to choose from! But if I needed to recommend two absolute favorites I know what they are. The Challah French Toast and the Farm Egg Flatbread. If they served only those two items forever, I’d still call it one of my favorite brunch places. On the flip side, we are not big fans of the Smoked Brisket with Poached Egg. It was very smoky, salty and difficult to eat so if you are going to skip anything, that would be the menu item to skip.
The Final Say
Local Tasters like it here. However, we do have some recommendations. First, we recommend that they get their Bloody Mary under control. We simply can’t brunch here as often as we would like to because of the Bloody Mary situation. (Insert eye roll.) Next, we would like the price of cocktails to be a little less. (We’re drinkers. All our friends are drinkers. So, it gets expensive- quick. This therefore plays into how often we can swing a Mill Street brunch.) In their case, I think offering a special brunch cocktail of the week for say $6.00, would be very popular and solve this problem splendidly or at least bring down the cost of of the traditional brunch cocktails. And finally, live music would take this place over the top, but now I’m just reaching for perfection and I need to let it go. But even without the perfect Bloody Mary, the pricy cocktails and lack of live music, Mill Street Bar & Table is on still on the top of Local Taste Brunch list. We give it the thumbs up and recommend it with confidence.[/spb_text_block] [/spb_row]