When was the last time you were greeted by a knight in shining armor?
Welcome to Millhurst Ale House in Yorkville. Located right off of Route 47 just north of Route 34, the restaurant changed its name under new owners from the StoneFire to Millhurst Ale House about five years ago.
Guests enter through magnificent wood doors to find a life-size knight in full armor awaiting them.
The Mystery Diner and my companions were greeted warmly by the hostess and asked if we wanted to sit in the old English pub or dining room. We chose the dining room – more on the pub later.
The dining room was bustling this Saturday night, and we were graciously escorted to a table next to a cozy fireplace under a large TV.
After briefly scanning the menu, which included a suggested beer pairing with every food item, we knew we were in for a culinary adventure.
The Mystery Diner started off with Oskar Blue Mama, a light craft beer, on the recommendation of our waitress. The Millhurst Ale House has 27 microcraft beers, per its website, an ideal way to kick off the evening.
The Mystery Diner came hungry, though, so onto the appetizers.
After a quick debate on the virtues of pretzel logs and potato skins, we opted for the traditional crowd-pleaser, saganaki.
What can be more exciting than watching the flames go up on the cheese right at our tableside? The Mystery Diner has been enjoying this entertaining, gooey goodness since I was a youngster, and this didn’t disappoint.
The extensive selection of entrees kept us busy trying to decide what to choose. There were steaks, seafood, “comfort food,” pastas – even tacos. For those in the mood for lighter fare, or the lunch crowd, the Millhurst Ale House offers a variety of burgers, sandwiches and salads.
The Mystery Diner was hungry, though, and opted for a 12-ounce ribeye. I’ve always found that a thick, juicy ribeye is the most flavorful of steaks. One bite of the Millhurst Ale House’s edition and I knew that I had made the right choice.
One companion was in the mood for some comfort food, and wisely chose the chicken scallopini. The chicken was smothered in a white wine and parsley cream sauce, accompanied by mashed potatoes. It hit the spot.
Entrees are served with a choice of potato, and soup or salad. The Mystery Diner opted for the traditional, cheesy delight of baked french onion soup, and a baked potato. A wise selection. Not a crumb was left on my plate.
The quirky third member of our group went in a different direction. He ordered prime rib tacos. They were coupled with a tasty horseradish sauce. He completed his dinner with a side of crispy golden fries, the likes of which he has not had at a restaurant in years.
We were a little full for dessert on this evening, but our waitress did tempt us with options on the Millhurst Ale House menu. Among those are banana bread pudding, salted caramel cheesecake – or her personal favorite, the Beer-Amisu.
Before we departed, we gave a quick look at that old English pub.
The pub area is complete with a row of wooden kegs and a stone wall. Diners can belly up to the traditional pub, slide into regular booths for intimate conversation or mingle in a large seating area in the middle rightly named the social table.
For those in the mood for a warm, upscale atmosphere, a wide selection of craft beers and a good steak right in the middle of Kendall County, you can’t go wrong with Millhurst Ale House.
• The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at the Record Newspapers. The diner’s identity is not revealed to restaurant staff before or during the meal. The Mystery Diner visits a restaurant and then reports on the experience. The Mystery Diner is not intended to be a restaurant critic but does highlight the parts of a dining experience that he/she can recommend.
If you go
What: Millhurst Ale House
Where: 2075 Marketview Drive, Yorkville
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Information: Call 630-5534585, or go to www.millhurstalehouse.com.