millers   - 1You don’t go to Miller’s for the food. You go for the party. People-watching over a pitcher of beer in the middle of the mall outside, small jazz and alt music shows or weekday bar-flying on the ground floor, more civilized conversation upstairs, and rough-and-tumble billiards up the side stairs on the top floor. Food is there to assist you in whatever plans you might have at Miller’s that evening, not to draw you there in the first place.

Having said that, the pub pickings are perfectly passable.* We started with potato skins minus the meat chili and they were predictable cheesy bacon starch. The burger with jack cheese was nicely cooked but nothing special, and the greasy chips on the side were an insult to fried potatoes — we should have gone with the chili-cheese fries, which I’ve ordered in the past and thought were excellent. (Important note: I was three or four beverages into the evening at the time.)

Bottom line: Miller’s food will adequately anchor a pitcher of beer or provide a pleasant enough diversion while you enjoy a summer evening with friends on the mall. If you’re looking for classic Charlottesville night-life, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for a good burger, walk the few blocks to Five Guys.

Erin says: “Two stars for the food, but five for the bathroom line conversations.”

* I’ve only tried a limited sampling of their menu. The oyster po boy and red snapper entree, for example, I leave for others to eat and review.

award_star_gold_3 16Rating: Erin: Jed:

thumb_up 16 iconPros: Great Charlottesville hang-out, outdoor mall seating, good live music, pool tables, chili cheese fries

thumb_down 16 iconCons: Mediocre food overall, crowded on weekend nights

money_dollar 16 iconPrice: Hamburger $7

car famfam 16 iconParking: None, but plenty of garages and outdoor lots around the mall.

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