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    Post #1 - November 14th, 2008, 3:22 pm
    Post #1 - November 14th, 2008, 3:22 pm Post #1 - November 14th, 2008, 3:22 pm
    I am surprised to not find a dedicated Miller's Pub post.

    I wanted to sing the praises of Miller's Roast Lamb Sandwich; something that I have neglected to do despite it being a regular food of mine. When I am unfortunate enough to have to go into the office to work, I am forced to eat something quickly. The location of the office, 11 E Adams, means that I usually end up at Miller's or Berghoff cafe, and for my money the lamb sandwich at Miller's is one of the best lunches around. The sandwich itself is simple: a generous portion of carved roast lamb on bread. Personally, I wish the bread were crustier, but that is my only complaint. It is served with a side of jus, fries, and what they call Greek garni (Tomato slice, a few Kalamata Olives, pepperoncini, and much better than average feta.) Being the good Greek boy that I am there are few things I love to eat more than lamb, potatoes, and feta with a squirt of lemon, and at $9.50 in the loop it satisfies the good Jewish boy in me too!

    Miller's Pub
    134 S. Wabash Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60603
    312-645-5377
    11 a.m.-4 a.m. daily (Bar)
    11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily (Food)
  • Post #2 - November 14th, 2008, 4:17 pm
    Post #2 - November 14th, 2008, 4:17 pm Post #2 - November 14th, 2008, 4:17 pm
    I have been eating at Miller's Pub since my days in a stroller. My mother and I always split a big hunk of prime rib, starting with two delightfully crunchy iceburg lettuce salads drenched in bleu cheese dressing. Gotta love it!
    ~Ruth Reichl wannabe
  • Post #3 - November 14th, 2008, 4:33 pm
    Post #3 - November 14th, 2008, 4:33 pm Post #3 - November 14th, 2008, 4:33 pm
    Probably my favorite Loop lunch/dinner spot and my go-to for late night dining; I had ambitions of watching the election returns there, but the line was out the door, and they closed the kitchen after the rally. The open-face prime rib "sandwich" has got to be one of the best deals in the city: it's a huge slice of prime rib, always as rare as I ask for it, on a slice of rapidly disintegrating rye with a side of jus. I always get fries and a side order of their bleu cheese dressing for dipping. Along with a cup of avgolomeno and a bloody mary or two, this makes for a pretty satisfying lunch.

    The only bad thing I've ever had there was a bleu cheese-stuffed olive of questionable freshness.
  • Post #4 - November 14th, 2008, 4:42 pm
    Post #4 - November 14th, 2008, 4:42 pm Post #4 - November 14th, 2008, 4:42 pm
    This place was "eating downtown" for us in high school (though admittedly, so was Bennigan's). Couldn't beat it, and I've mentioned it favorably in other threads.

    Of that "other" style of Chicago barbecue (meat jello which has never seen a smoker), Miller's has the best, in my opinion. I'll second the avgolemono and bloody mary order. An important institution in the watchful shadow fo the El tracks.
  • Post #5 - November 14th, 2008, 7:59 pm
    Post #5 - November 14th, 2008, 7:59 pm Post #5 - November 14th, 2008, 7:59 pm
    Mmm, Greekburger.
    What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?
  • Post #6 - November 14th, 2008, 11:17 pm
    Post #6 - November 14th, 2008, 11:17 pm Post #6 - November 14th, 2008, 11:17 pm
    I've been going there for twenty five years at least. The late hours are great for musicians, many a late night after a downtown gig or a concert at Orchestra Hall have been spent noshing and imbibing at Miller's until all hours. It's an Ur Chicago place, I always try to take out of towners there.
    trpt2345
  • Post #7 - November 14th, 2008, 11:49 pm
    Post #7 - November 14th, 2008, 11:49 pm Post #7 - November 14th, 2008, 11:49 pm
    Until recently I worked down the street and have enjoyed their signature Chicken Pot Pie.

    Nice chunks of chicken, a good mix of vegetables and a nice flaky crust.
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon
  • Post #8 - November 14th, 2008, 11:54 pm
    Post #8 - November 14th, 2008, 11:54 pm Post #8 - November 14th, 2008, 11:54 pm
    gtomaras wrote:I am surprised to not find a dedicated Miller's Pub post.


    That is, indeed, surprising. I did a quick search to confirm, and it seems there is no thread devoted strictly to this Chicagoland classic.

    I ate at Miller's Pub last month with hellodali, and it was very pleasant: dark and friendly, with totally pro service. I was glad to see that it was quite crowded at lunchtime (I think I recall we had a short wait), so perhaps this is one of those old-timey places that will be around for a while longer.
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  • Post #9 - November 15th, 2008, 8:31 am
    Post #9 - November 15th, 2008, 8:31 am Post #9 - November 15th, 2008, 8:31 am
    I love the bar there. They make a very good Irish Coffee.
  • Post #10 - November 15th, 2008, 11:20 am
    Post #10 - November 15th, 2008, 11:20 am Post #10 - November 15th, 2008, 11:20 am
    I also love the Greekburger. When I changed jobs about a year and a half ago, being close to Miller's was one of the high points. Lately I've been meeting a friend for lunch there about once a week.

    Suzy
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    - Frank Zappa
  • Post #11 - November 15th, 2008, 5:48 pm
    Post #11 - November 15th, 2008, 5:48 pm Post #11 - November 15th, 2008, 5:48 pm
    Pot pie?! I'm going to have to get my butt down there stat!!
  • Post #12 - November 17th, 2010, 9:40 am
    Post #12 - November 17th, 2010, 9:40 am Post #12 - November 17th, 2010, 9:40 am
    Miller's Pub has long been a standard after work watering hole for me and my co-workers. It's close by and you could usually get a Goose Island beer on tap. Well last night we stopped by to find a completely revamped beer menu. They were pouring Half Acre, Stone, and Metropolitan and they now offer an impressive bottle list as well. Not bad for across the street from my office.

    http://www.millerspub.com/drinks
  • Post #13 - November 17th, 2010, 8:17 pm
    Post #13 - November 17th, 2010, 8:17 pm Post #13 - November 17th, 2010, 8:17 pm
    I digg Miller's but every one always hypes the Ribs and they are the one thing I don't like at millers. I the ribs themselves aren't bad but the sauce isn't to my personal liking. I have to say the Sandwiches are the thing to get at Millers
  • Post #14 - November 18th, 2010, 10:02 am
    Post #14 - November 18th, 2010, 10:02 am Post #14 - November 18th, 2010, 10:02 am
    I'll be in Chicago tonight and my uncle recommended Miller's for burgers (the greek burger mentioned in this thread sounds awesome). The only question I have is would it be an ok place to take a well-behavied 21 month old? Do they have high-chairs?
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  • Post #15 - November 18th, 2010, 10:27 am
    Post #15 - November 18th, 2010, 10:27 am Post #15 - November 18th, 2010, 10:27 am
    eatwisconsin wrote:I'll be in Chicago tonight and my uncle recommended Miller's for burgers (the greek burger mentioned in this thread sounds awesome). The only question I have is would it be an ok place to take a well-behavied 21 month old? Do they have high-chairs?


    You'd have to call Miller's re: high chair, and it seems to me if they have the chairs they're probably cool with little kids being there. I'm guessing they have the chairs.

    The place is big and usually bustling so even a random outburst from the kid would likely go unnoticed.
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  • Post #16 - November 18th, 2010, 10:29 am
    Post #16 - November 18th, 2010, 10:29 am Post #16 - November 18th, 2010, 10:29 am
    The get plenty of tourists there so I'm sure they're set up for kids.
    i used to milk cows
  • Post #17 - November 18th, 2010, 11:04 am
    Post #17 - November 18th, 2010, 11:04 am Post #17 - November 18th, 2010, 11:04 am
    Thanks for the tips. I'll call or pop in on the way to the hotel (Palmer House Hilton) to see if they have 'em.

    Loving the beer list on their menu too.
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  • Post #18 - November 18th, 2010, 11:29 am
    Post #18 - November 18th, 2010, 11:29 am Post #18 - November 18th, 2010, 11:29 am
    I just called. They have high chairs available.

    Enjoy!
    -Mary
  • Post #19 - November 18th, 2010, 11:45 am
    Post #19 - November 18th, 2010, 11:45 am Post #19 - November 18th, 2010, 11:45 am
    wingnut75 wrote:I digg Miller's but every one always hypes the Ribs and they are the one thing I don't like at millers. I the ribs themselves aren't bad but the sauce isn't to my personal liking. I have to say the Sandwiches are the thing to get at Millers


    Miller's ribs aren't smoked, they're tavern style, usually boiled then finished on a grill, smothered in sauce. It ain't barbecue, it's a different thing. I usually get burgers or sandwiches or sometimes steaks at Millers. I like it a lot better since smoking was banned.
    trpt2345
  • Post #20 - November 18th, 2010, 3:07 pm
    Post #20 - November 18th, 2010, 3:07 pm Post #20 - November 18th, 2010, 3:07 pm
    Great place. A little hidden gem underneath the L.

    However, is it just me? Or does Miller's Pub have a strange fascination with the Oak Ridge Boys? I haven't been in there in a few years but I remember that the walls were covered with various Oak Ridge Boy's photos.
  • Post #21 - November 18th, 2010, 5:15 pm
    Post #21 - November 18th, 2010, 5:15 pm Post #21 - November 18th, 2010, 5:15 pm
    Hidden gems are on the menu here, e.g., the steaks, lake perch Fridays, Greek Burger. The place itself is one of the most conspicuous in the city if not the country.
  • Post #22 - November 18th, 2010, 8:51 pm
    Post #22 - November 18th, 2010, 8:51 pm Post #22 - November 18th, 2010, 8:51 pm
    Garibaldi wrote:Great place. A little hidden gem underneath the L.

    However, is it just me? Or does Miller's Pub have a strange fascination with the Oak Ridge Boys? I haven't been in there in a few years but I remember that the walls were covered with various Oak Ridge Boy's photos.

    The last time we were there we sat in a booth watched over by an autographed 8 X 10 glossy of Steve & Garry.
  • Post #23 - November 18th, 2010, 9:49 pm
    Post #23 - November 18th, 2010, 9:49 pm Post #23 - November 18th, 2010, 9:49 pm
    The GP wrote:I just called. They have high chairs available.

    Enjoy!


    Wow thanks for doing that. I saw your post earlier today so we did end up going there tonight. I'll post about it when I get to a computer instead of cell phone.
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  • Post #24 - November 22nd, 2010, 10:36 am
    Post #24 - November 22nd, 2010, 10:36 am Post #24 - November 22nd, 2010, 10:36 am
    So as I said we ended up going to Miller's on Thursday night. We were staying at the Palmer House Hilton so it was nice to be able to walk out the side door and Miller's was right next door. It was packed but we only waited 10 minutes for a table. As mentioned they had high chairs. Though I didn't see many kids there, there was one other couple with a 2-ish year old as well.

    They actually had a kids menu too. Typical fare, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, chicken fingers, and mac and cheese. We ordered some mac and cheese for our son and my wife and I each ordered a cheeseburger. I was planning on the Greek Burger but I just had a taste for a bleu cheese burger so I went for that.

    The waitress must have had experience with kids because our order came out super fast. The burgers were very good, perfectly cooked to medium rare, nice bun, and pretty decent fries. I really liked their slaw too. However after a couple of bites our kid, who has only melted down only once at a restaurant in almost 2 years, starts melting down here. We tried to keep him occupied with snacks, toys, etc but could tell that he was going to be a disturbance so my wife packed him up and brought him back to the hotel. One thing I never want to be is that family that has no problem ruining everyone elses dinner because they don't want to deal with a kid who is freaking out. The waitress put all of our stuff in to-go containers and I finished my beer. It was Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard week, so they had a couple of them on tap so I started with a regular Arrogant Bastard and planed on trying a Double Bastard or an Oaked Arrogant Bastard next but was obvioulsly derailed by the meltdown.
    We enjoyed the rest of the meal in our hotel room.

    I really liked the ambiance of the place. It was bustling with activity and there was quite a diverse crowd, from a couple of punk-rocker kids to dudes in suits. I'd love to go back if only to drink at the bar. Great beer selection to boot. Again, the waitress was awesome given the circumstances.
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  • Post #25 - November 26th, 2010, 8:39 am
    Post #25 - November 26th, 2010, 8:39 am Post #25 - November 26th, 2010, 8:39 am
    The last time we were there we sat in a booth watched over by an autographed 8 X 10 glossy of Steve & Garry.[/quote]

    Anyplace that has the blessings of Steve & Garry is MY KINDA place.....LOL.
    Go Cubs Go !
  • Post #26 - November 26th, 2010, 8:53 am
    Post #26 - November 26th, 2010, 8:53 am Post #26 - November 26th, 2010, 8:53 am
    The last time we were there we sat in a booth watched over by an autographed 8 X 10 glossy of Steve & Garry.


    Anyplace that has the blessings of Steve & Garry is MY KINDA place.....LOL.

    Yes. I should have made clear that the last time we were there was not 1992, but 2010. Having their visages smiling over us was not only a nice blast from the past, but a pleasant reinforcement of the time-standing-still quality of Miller's Pub.
  • Post #27 - January 28th, 2018, 9:05 pm
    Post #27 - January 28th, 2018, 9:05 pm Post #27 - January 28th, 2018, 9:05 pm
    Funny that I always think people are talking about Miller's (one of my favorite Loop spots, particularly in December), but this thread has apparently been really quiet. In any event, please note that they will be closed for the next 5-6 weeks per their Facebook page:

    Miller's will be closed begining Monday, January 29th for 5-6 weeks for expansion and renovations.

    Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our customers but we're excited for what's to come and promise to carry the great Miller's tradition forward.

    Early March can't come soon enough but in the meantime be sure to check in here to see updates of our progress.

    Thank you for your understanding, patronage, and loyalty over the last 83 years.

    -The Gallios Family
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  • Post #28 - January 28th, 2018, 10:15 pm
    Post #28 - January 28th, 2018, 10:15 pm Post #28 - January 28th, 2018, 10:15 pm
    Good to know. I was just there two weeks ago and, when I tried to order a Tom & Jerry, I was told that I needed to buy a calendar. :) I mean, I knew it was a holiday thing, but didn't realize how strict it was. Love that place.

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