Best Happy Hour for Food
The Mill Northeast
Those of us at City Pages enjoy tater tots at least as much as the next person, but sometimes you want to go beyond the fryer staples for your happy-hour snacks. That's when you should head to the Mill Northeast and order from the Mid Menu, which is available every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and also Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight. All the food items on it (except the oysters) cost $5 apiece, so order with abandon. The butternut squash bisque, with maple mascarpone and spiced pepitas, is a great way to start, or there's an arugula salad with apple and goat cheese. Beef or veggie sliders are topped with white cheddar, and there's a plate featuring a pork hot link from Butcher & the Boar, with cauliflower giardiniera and mustard crème fraîche. Mussels are bathed in a spicy tomato sauce, and there's a rotating selection of raw oysters on the half shell (for $2 each). You'll need something to wash that all down of course, so it's fortunate that there is always a featured craft cocktail for $6 (recently it was a delicious apple, ginger, and bourbon concoction), along with $4 taps and house wine and $3 tall boys. Oh, but you really do want something deep-fried? You're in luck there too: Alaskan cod pops with tartar sauce, or the Mill's elevated versions of French fries (with Pecorino Romano and béarnaise) and Faribault caveman cheese curds (made with cave-aged cheese and accompanied by a sweet house-made beet and beef ketchup) will hit the spot.