Green Mill: Pizza/Bar/Full Menu Restaurant. LOCATED: Uptown/The Wedge; 2626 Hennepin Ave. So. (tel. 612-374-2131); on Hennepin between 26th and 27th streets.
Located smack in the middle of Uptown's entertainment scene, the Green Mill Restaurant has established its reputation squarely on the back of great pizza and good times. Independently owned yet holding to a standard of quality that has reached near epic proportions throughout the Twin Cities, the reputation of this Uptown area institution stands solidly on its indisputable ability to successfully cater to everyone.
It is rare that you can find all ages of singles, couples and those married-with-children appreciating the offerings located under one roof, and the management at Green Mill has managed to achieve this daunting feat for over 25 years now without fail.
Originating in St. Paul when a couple area college graduates made off with a formula for deep dish pizza from a Chicago eatery, it is notable that the corporate management at the Green Mill has managed to maintain such a high level of quality for so long.
And, while the majority of this establishment's notoriety has resulted from its outstanding Chicago-style 'za, regular visitors revel at the quality and quantities offered in their sandwiches, salads pastas and entrees - all "made from scratch" in their well-run kitchen.
So, who said this was a bar review? It is! Besides, what's the point in going out at all if you can't find good grub while you're there. And the Green Mill is one place you do want to go - but then again, unless you've just moved to the area, there's no question that occasionally, if not often, you find yourself crossing this bar and eatery's threshold.
What one finds when one comes to the Green Mill for an evening's entertainment is a large selection of tap beers - 30 from our count - plus a quality selection of wines and numerous patrons enjoying any number of cocktails and appetizers. Their bar-in-the-round offers each evening's party crew with an experience unencumbered by anything other than other party-goers vying for a seat. But don't fret, there's always enough circulation to ensure you a seat at the bar or in the elevated seating area (an area always in high demand) before too long.
Sure, they have TV's, and excellent Happy Hours, and a rotating bar menu, but it is the dazzling variety you find among this bar's customers that makes the Green Mill a must-stop-stop in the midst of any partier's fun-time circuit.