Green Mill: a reputation unfulfilled?

My perception is that Green Mill has a very good reputation here in town. Many people seem to talk of it in nearly reverent tones and consider a meal there a treat. I’ve always been skeptical of this adoration, so here I am offering myself up as a target to find out from you: do you think Green Mill is all that? Because, frankly, I don’t.

It’s not terrible or even bad. It’s worse than that: it’s acceptable. Service is fine and professional. The food is usually OK, though I’ve never had a sublime experience there. The facilities are fine. In short, everything about Green Mill is totally unremarkable. Please enlighten me. What am I missing here?

Or maybe I’ve been misunderstanding and there is no “Green Mill is good!” reputation after all?

14 Comments so far

  1. Laura (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

    I’d say Green Mill had that rep. 10 or more years ago. I haven’t eaten there since I was a teenager.

    I haven’t heard anything positive about eating there in years, save comments from my crazy landlord on their “fabulous happy hour appetizer specials.”

  2. matt9k (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    good dealz

  3. DaveP (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 6:14 am

    It’s okay thick pizza, at high prices with indifferent service.

    If you only eat out a couple times a year, it’s going to be safe, since it’ll be about the same as it was last year or the year before. And you won’t have to sit next to colorful characters like you might at Luce or Broadway.

  4. Erica M (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 8:23 am

    I’ve only dined in at the one in Uptown. Service was inconsistent. Decent most times. I had one really great guy one time.

    The food is also consistently acceptable, but it didn’t wow me. When I first moved here I heard all about how great Green Mill’s pizza was. I later found out it’s because they have deep dish. Needless to say, it doesn’t compare to a real Chicago deep dish (or even my favorite place in Detroit’s deep dish).

    I’ve ordered take out from the one in Eden Prairie. The process and the pick up were fine and the food was acceptable as I expected. Nothing remarkable about it.

    So yeah, I don’t get all the hype.

  5. Joe (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 8:41 am

    The Green Mill has excellent food, for a bar.

  6. steve (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 8:41 am

    i don’t like the food there, at either highland park, shoreview or uptown. burgers are soggy, french fries unremarkable, service mediocre, and prices too high. Moreover their pizza is totally skipable, i’ve decided never to eat their again.

  7. andy (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 8:57 am

    As a chain, Green Mill is not worth a visit. There is one particular Green Mill that rises above the rest, and that’s the original one on Grand and Hamline in St. Paul. They have their own brewpub and late night happy hour (half-price taps and apps, what!). Skip the rest and just go to the GM in the fairer city…you won’t be disappointed.

  8. ldfs (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 11:06 am

    Meh. I’m not a fan of deep dish pizza and the rest of their food is serviceable at best. I agree with Andy that the Grand & Hamline location is a cut above the others, but still nothing to shout about.

  9. sarah green (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    I feel the same way about Green Mill as I do about Applebee’s and TGI Fridays.

    (there are far more independent non-chain places I’d prefer to go, and generally do.)

  10. 2BB (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    We eat at the Uptown one occasionally, mostly for the variety of food (gotta please the kiddos don’t you know) and the great beer selection.

    I’ve never been impressed with any of there food, even their “famous” pizza. But, as has been stated, nothing to complain about either. Standard middle of the road chain food.

  11. Kal (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

    talking about green mill is like dancing about architecture.

  12. ryan (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 10:46 am

    Green Mill in uptown’s okay. It was better when I was a kid like 15 years ago. Im guessing thats before CSM made it into a local chain.

    Not all chain food sucks.

    I have never had a bad meal at a “Lettuce Entertain You” chain restuarant.

    In town here you’ll find their chains at or near malls.

    Wildfire in E.P., Napa Grille and the Twin City Grille in the MOA…all have good food and a casual upscale environment.

  13. Steve T (unregistered) on September 9th, 2007 @ 9:21 am

    We are new to the cities and have been to the Green Mill a few times, just because I’d heard so much about it. Until now I thought we were just eating there at the wrong times or on the wrong days because it was “ok”. Not great and not bad, just “ok”.

    Now at least I know it isn’t just me.

  14. SEb (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

    Well, hello! It is just the Green Mill! What do you expect? It’s not the Chamber Hotel, it’s the Green Mill. I go there, eat, and the F out..I don’t mind their HH though…pretty Cheap.

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