Making Memories At Milleridge
By Danny & Betty / firstname.lastname@example.org
When it comes to eating at Milleridge Inn in Jericho, its
not just about a hearty meal its an evening,
tucked away from Jericho Turnpike, in a different time, and
theyve been doing it just that way since they became
the Milleridge in 1946.
Robert Williams, whose cousin Roger founded Providence, Rhode
Island, bought 12,000 acres of land from the Matinecock Native
Americans for 50 pounds of tea, 20 knives, six hatchets, six
hoes, six kettles, 30 awl blades and clothing. Doubt us? A
copy of the treaty, circa 1653, hangs in the vestibule of
After the American Revolution, Elias Hicks, who married into
the Willets family, opened the house, which was built in 1672,
to travelers heading east in an effort to stop bars and grog
houses from coming up. As devout Quakers, they would refuse
payment for the stew, fish, meat and bread theyd serve
and lodging theyd provide by the hearth, but guests
would leave coins behind in gratitude for their Quaker hospitality.
George Washington popped in, too he ate oysters and
porridge, owner Bruce Murphy said.
Today, Milleridge Inn and Village carries on that tradition
of hearty food, Colonial hospitality and old-world charm through
its restaurant, village and catering services 1,600
seats in all, as it turns out. It can be all things to all
people, Murphy noted a host to romantic dinners and
proposals, a venue for a business luncheon, a place to celebrate
birthdays, and most importantly, a place to make memories
with your family.
A restaurants not just supposed to be an eating
place. Its supposed to restore you in body and spirit,
he explained, as we chatted in a cozy room, complete with
a horsehair plaster lathe.
Dining at Milleridge is a full-course affair: every meal comes
with an appetizer, salad, entrée, vegetable and dessert.
Most appetizers, like their rich French onion soup, come with
the meal. Others, like the fresh, savory Normandy Style Baked
Clams ($5.95) and Iced Gulf Shrimp Cocktail ($9.95), with
tangy cocktail sauce seasoned by zesty horseradish, come at
Waiters, armed with baskets full of piping-hot, buttery and
flaky popovers, make the rounds at Milleridge, and happily
replenish your plate as needed; courtesy of the bakery, tables
also receive loaves of plain, cinnamon swirl and/or raisin
bread. It really doesnt matter which one you get because
theyre all fresh, unique and delicious. If you make
it in early, check out their early dinner special a
full-course menu for $17.76 a real Yankee Doodle
Dandy, as Murphy puts it.
German food aficionados should seek out the Sauerbraten ($24.95),
served with potato dumplings, red cabbage and ginger snap
gravy. Keep an eye out for Milleridges annual Oktoberfest
specials, featuring specialty beers and wines the superb
beef goulash over egg noodles is a personal favorite.
For a restaurant that serves nearly 3,000 meals on Thanksgiving
Day, their turkey better be good, and it delivers. The menu
boasts an olde Mount Vernon recipe a la Martha
Washington, and prepared with stuffing, giblet gravy and cranberry
sauce, the hearty helping will send you home satisfied and
scheming to snag Marthas recipes for holidays to come.
Seafood lovers have a choice of Newfoundland Scrod a la Casserole,
Trout in Sweet Butter and Breadcrumbs, sautéed tilapia
and Nova Scotia Salmon, ranging from $19.95 to $22.95. The
salmon in particular is a treat, complete with a mustard zing,
complements a pommery mustard sauce that adorns the tender
If youve got any room left at dessert time, youve
got a half dozen ice creams to choose from. The peppermint
candy offering, complete with small bits of peppermint in
a vanilla ice cream base, is unique, hard to find and a great
treat. Chocolate cream pies, apple strudel, custard pies,
mousse cakes, brownies, apple pie and cobbler are all at your
disposal, and you can make it a la mode for $2.50.
All of the baked treats come from Milleridge Villages
bakery, which is certainly a place to visit if you want to
pick up a pie or a few loaves of bread for home. A stroll
around the village, most of which was completed in a 10-year
stretch from 1969 through 1979, will help work off a bit of
the meal and the charming shops offer the opportunity for
unique gifts you cant get anywhere else. Fitting, indeed,
for the Milleridge Inn.
585 North Broadway, Jericho
Atmosphere: Rustic, cozy colonial
dining with sumptuous flair
Cuisine: Traditional American
Price Range: Moderate to Expensive
Hours: Mon Sat, lunch served
11:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. followed by
dinner seating. Sunday brunch,
11:30 a.m. 2 p.m., dinner served
all day until close.