Whenever anyone is visiting Richmond and asks me where they need to eat while in town, I almost always suggest brunch at Millie’s Diner due to the fact that the food is ridiculously good and Millie’s is as consistent a restaurant as they come. Customers can always expect good food, good service and a comfortable atmosphere, and I love that there are no surprises here.
The restaurant has received well-deserved national attention from publications like Southern Living, Bon Appétit and The Wall Street Journal over the years and as Millie’s Diner celebrate its 27th year of business this year, one thing is for certain, they sure do have this brunch thing down to a science.
Having brunch at Millie’s Diner is one of my favorite ways to settle in and enjoy a weekend morning. I love walking in past the small bustling kitchen through an often crowded waiting area and putting our name on the list knowing a good meal awaits.
On a recent visit for brunch at Millie’s Diner, I ordered none other than the eggs benny, a dish that comes with Smithfield country ham and two poached eggs on a grilled croissant with hollandaise sauce. Eggs benedict done right is one of my favorite brunch entrees, and in my opinion, Millie’s has one of the best renditions in Richmond. There’s just something about the way the flaky, buttery croissant complements the perfectly cooked eggs, salty ham and creamy sauce that makes every bite of this dish perfection.
On this trip, Taylor ordered the grilled salmon which is served with two poached eggs, grilled asparagus and hollandaise sauce. All brunch items come with a side of Millie’s spicy breakfast potatoes, which are perfectly seasoned and served with grilled peppers and onions. Breakfast potatoes can be hit or miss, especially at a place where the entrees are so darn good, but the ones served up at Millie’s are a definite hit.
Our brunch entrees were $13 and $14 respectively, which is about the average cost for a brunch entree at Millie’s Diner. The portion sizes here are very generous, and while the fare at Millie’s Diner is a bit more expensive than what you might pay on a visit to your average diner, it will take only one bite to understand why paid a few more dollars for your meal.
The most ordered items on Millie’s brunch menu are probably their different variations of frittatas, including the Veggie Mess, Cajun Mess and Castro’s Mess and the always popular Devil’s Mess, which is an open-faced omelet that include spicy sausage, onions, green peppers, garlic, tomatoes and mild curry, melted white cheddar and avocado. Every tabletop include a menu decoder that describes each of the various messes in detail so customers can know exactly what they can expect on their plate.
If I can ever pull myself away from ordering the eggs benny (wish me luck!), I already have an ordering game plan in mind: the soft scrambled eggs and lobster, which comes served with bacon, tomatoes, mushroom, puff pastry and hollandaise.
If you visit Millie’s Diner
Millie’s Diner is located at 2603 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223. The restaurant is is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m and Sunday from from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m serving brunch, lunch and dinner.
You can view their reservation policy here, but the most important thing to know is that they don’t take reservations for Saturday and Sunday brunch, so if you don’t want a wait, get there early – as in right when they open early or you might be waiting in line for an hour or more. There is a silver lining if you do encounter a long wait: you can enjoy a refreshing bloody mary or mimosa while you’re waiting for a table.
Have you ever been to brunch at Millie’s Diner? We’d love to hear your favorite menu item in the comments below!