The Run of the Mill

After a long hiatus, the Page One Web Solutions restaurant review blog is back! We’ve certainly still been going out for lunches as a team for all this time, and while we still might back-fill reviews for our past culinary adventures, we thought it would be fun to make a New Year’s resolution to re-dedicate ourselves to documenting our ongoing gastric explorations. We picked the perfect outing to review, too– our meal at The Run of the Mill in Saco, ME, before what is quickly becoming an annual P1WS tradition… going to see the new Star Wars movie!

The Run of the Mill is surprisingly large, tucked away in various twists and turns of a beautifully renovated mill building from which it gets its name. All of the exposed beams and wood give it a warm and cozy vibe without feeling claustrophobic, and reminded us a bit of such venues as Bull Feeny’s and Rí Rá in Portland. Much like those eateries, TROTM likewise has a menu chock full of comfort foods, from hearty soups and apps to such staples as shepherd’s pie, meatloaf, and fish & chips. They are also a brewery, with such colorful beer names as the Ex-Wife Extra Bitter. Ha! Two of the more intrepid drinkers in our party each got a flight of different beers, and the feedback was generally positive.

We started with a wide variety of appetizers, and we were not disappointed for the most part. The Fried Calamari was fresh and not fishy, the Spinach Artichoke Dip was creamy and served with a dome-shaped bread loaf, and the Pepperell Poutine was very tasty… just way too small. We also got the Mussels Dijon, which was far and away the champion of the first round of edibles. The sauce is a dijon cream sauce with hints of garlic, onion, white wine and butter, which makes it much thicker than the usual broth that comes with such a dish. It was so different and so tasty, we licked our shells clean and soaked up the extra sauce with the leftover bread from the artichoke dip.

As for the entrees, the salads were large, the wings were tangy, the wraps were solid, but the two winners of the day were probably the Fish & Chips platter and the Beer Cheese Soup. The latter is served with pretzels and is made with different beers and different cheeses every day, and whatever combination they were serving that day was divine. Jeff was brave enough to order (and devour!) The Full Monty (full order) of the fish & chips instead of the half order, and the fish was a massive panko-breaded plank that hung off of both sides of his plate. Humongous! I had the wrap of the day for my sandwich, which ended up being a mix of perfectly smoked thick-cut bacon, breaded fried onion strings, chicken, avocado… delicious!

All in all, we were quite satisfied with our lunch at The Run of the Mill– the food was great, our server was friendly and attentive, and the surroundings were comfy– and the meal provided much-needed fuel for our IMAX 3D viewing of Rogue One: a Star Wars Story. Which, by the way, was wonderful. As a lifetime fan who is still working through the trauma of George Lucas’ prequels, I have to say that the film went a long way toward reigniting my love for the franchise, perhaps even slightly more than The Force Awakens. But that’s for another article.

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