By Hope S. Philbrick
On a cold evening my husband and I are seated near the lit fireplace—a welcome treat—then our server arrives to offer a greeting, share the history of the buildings in which the restaurant is located (a 150 year-old farmhouse and 1930s cottage), and describe the specials.
Since everything on the menu is tempting, additional choices only complicate decision making.
In all seasons, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails showcases fresh ingredients from the restaurant’s own garden, Milton’s Acre. Nightly specials feature fresh-from-the-garden ingredients and during the fall that can include dishes like baby kale salad with crumbled blue cheese, candied pecans, dried cranberries, red onion and honey-cider vinaigrette; herb-marinated quail breast with apple butter, roasted parsnips, smoked bacon, toasted pecans and pomegranate molasses; gorgonzola, country ham and rosemary fritters with bourbon peach jam; and Applewood smoked pork shank with smoked Gouda and bacon grits, wilted mustard greens and green apple mignonette.
“It’s always fun getting to switch it up a little and work with seasonal produce from our garden,” says executive chef Derek Dollar. “I love adding new dishes to the menu because I think it’s important to give our guests a variety of choices.”
We opted for nightly specials that included a sweet-yet-spicy butternut squash soup, meatloaf with bleu cheese, Georgia trout and a dessert of bread pudding. Follow our lead or order whatever tempts your taste buds—you really can’t go wrong here—and be sure to start with a hand-crafted cocktail, such as the sublime J.B.’s Cran-hattan, which features Evan Williams Bourbon infused dried cranberry puree, triple sec, orange and soda.
Some of Milton’s classics include Charleston crab bisque, sweet potato shrimp fritters, Southern fried chicken, shrimp and grits, sesame-crusted mountain trout, espresso-rubbed pork loin and warm carrot cake.
Whether it’s your first visit, second, or one in a hundred, expect to feel like a welcomed friend.
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails was named a Top 100 restaurant in the U.S. specializing in American cuisine by OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards.
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails
800 Mayfield Road in the Crabapple Historic District
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