Dining Out: Mill House in Poughkeepsie

Something for everyone at this rustic yet elegant brewery

Located in the rehabilitated Mill House in Poughkeepsie, the Mill House Brewing Company opened last fall to rave reviews. The brewery has a warm, rustic yet elegant decor and the food is cooked from as close to the source as possible, including artfully crafted ales. For them, this means commitment to the amazing farmers, cheese makers, and other artisans that make the Hudson Valley such an amazing place to live. I recently took my friend there for a fun birthday lunch, and we decided to order multiple items and share everything in order to get the best idea of the cuisine. The menu was well balanced, with many different eclectic flavors, so there was easily something for everyone.

Appetizers: To start, we chose the specialty of the house, called Panda Poutine, which was described on the menu as House Belgian fries (house cut and cooked in duck fat) with smoked short rib gravy, local cheese curd and pickled jalapeno. The fries were crispy and delicious and the gravy was hot and well-seasoned. I really enjoyed the cheese curd, as it was my first time trying them. With so much richness, the jalapenos were a welcome bite to cut the fat; spicy and flavorful, this was a great start to our meal. 
Our next appetizer was easily the best part of the entire meal: the Fried Calamari Salad (pictured). This salad was well-seasoned, the calamari tender and flavorful.    

Entrées: We chose the Merguez (lamb and pork) sausage, a North African spicy sausage that came with tzatziki, baby arugula, and piquillo peppers on a brioche bun. The flavor was moderately spicy, well-seasoned and the Tzatziki sauce was the perfect pair, as it added a nice cooling element to the spice of the sausage. Next we chose the BBQ pulled pork sandwich (pictured), described as 16-hour-smoked pork shoulder, smothered in Kilt Spinner BBQ sauce, apple fennel slaw, Kosher dills on a Brioche bun with Old Bay chips. The real star of this dish was the chips! They were obviously made in-house and the flavor was unbelievable. Salty and spicy and the Old Bay added a great kick. The crunch was out of this world.

Dessert: When I told the server I wanted something that would blow my mind, he laughed and recommended the Warm Chocolate Stout Cake (pictured). This cake was unbelievable! Made with bittersweet chocolate sauce, crème anglaise, pretzel crunch and whipped cream, it was tender and moist and had the perfect hint of beer. If you have ever had the deliciousness that is beer bread, imagine a soft, chocolate version of that.

For the quality of food we were served, the prices were excellent. For everything listed, our bill came to $64! Mill House also has a nice children’s menu, making it a lovely choice for either a family meal or fun night out!

Liz Malgieri is a registered dietitian with Village Vitality, and also a firm believer in a fun treat once in a while.

Millhouse Brewing Company

289 Mill St.



Date Night: Yes! 
Kid Friendly: Yes!

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