Old Mill Brewpub & Grill
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by the old Eesley Mill in Plainwell and though “That would be an awesome place for a restaurant.” Apparently, I’m not the only one who has thought that as a new brewpub & grill opened up late last week.
Old Mill Brewpub & Grill takes up a space in the front of the old mill on Bridge Street on the east side of Plainwell. The brewpub is one of those ironic things since John Eesley was actually a proponent of prohibition. While it’s called a brew pub, they’re not actually brewing any of their own beer….yet. In the meantime, the only beers on tap are Michigan beers.
We went to a pretty late lunch on a Monday afternoon. There was only one other couple in the restaurant at the time, but the waitresses told us they’re already doing better than expected. The underestimated their business on opening weekend and actually ran out of a few taps.
J and I headed to a table while the owner grabbed us a high chair for L. He picked up a couple menus off the hostess station on his way so we could look them over while our waitress got our drinks.
It’s been a while since we’ve gone out and I could have a beer and even though it was only 2:00 in the afternoon, we were in a brewpub so I had to have a beer. Three of the six taps were out, but the one I wanted was still available. Founders Centennial IPA was my choice while J had an Iced Tea.
For lunch, we both found several items on the menu that sounded good, but, of course, I went for the burger. I ordered the offering called The Feedbag. The sandwich is a half pound burger topped with ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a toasted bun. As soon as I picked the sandwich up, the patty started to crumble under the weight of the toppings. The meat was so tender and juicy with a smoky outer crust. The ham gave the sandwich a little bit of a salty bite while the two cheeses held everything together. The burger came with fries. They were golden brown and crunchy which made them delicious.
J ordered The Grain Elevator. The menu calls this sandwich their version of a Club. It’s toasted sourdough bread stacked with ham, turkey, American cheese, Swiss cheese, bacon. lettuce, tomato, and mayo. The meat was warmed up and actually had some crunchy bits around the edges. J said many, many times as she was eating that her sandwich was really good and she continued to say that long after we left Plainwell and headed back to Kalamazoo. Her sandwich also came with the same fries that I got and she was a big fan of them as well.
Besides the great food and great beer, Old Mill Brewpub is a pretty fantastic space. They’ve kept the spirit of the old flour mill alive with the 100 year old exposed columns, hardwood floors, and using reclaimed materials where possible. According to an article on Mlive.com last week, the tables are made from doors taken from a century old Plainwell house that was demolished last year.
Our lunch bill, with a beer, was a little over $22 and worth every penny. Old Mill Brewpub & Grill is the type of place you want to go back to every night if you can. I can’t wait until they start brewing their own beer. J will have a hard time keeping me away…although I doubt she’d try opting instead to come with me.