Millie’s Diner Brunch in Richmond, VA

It’s been a bit of a rocky year for this Bitch. Granted, life is still ah-mazing. But, there’s been a few ups-and-downs. Most notably, no less than four of my best girlfriends (co-Bitch excluded), have left Washington for greener pastures. They flew off to Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and Richmond. Miss Lacy, a regular guest at brunch and a blonde, bubbly and beautiful Southern belle, headed back down South for graduate school.

“You’ll love Richmond,” she said to me one day. “You simply must visit, and I know just where to take you for brunch.”

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Lacy was right about me loving Richmond—the Southern town is filled with adorable boutiques, unique dive bars and delicious Southern restaurants. The neighborhoods are charming—the houses are traditional, American homes with wrap-around porches, bench swings, American flags and fenced-in flower beds. Every time we turned a corner, I squealed with delight.

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Lacy was also spot on in her selection of Millie’s for brunch. Millie’s Diner, which is named after the owners’ black-and-white spotted dog, labels itself as “Richmond’s Landmark Eatery” that provides “good food served right.”

The good food is indulgent, heavy delicious Southern cuisine, made fresh in a teensy tiny kitchen right by the door. It’s served right—quick, hot and efficiently.

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We waited outside under a patio decorated with huge bright paper lanterns with at least 30 other people to gain entrance. As this wait time is the norm, the owner of Millie’s himself doles out mimosas, Bloody Marys and coffees for brunchers while they wait. The only complaint we have about Millie’s is that mimosas and Bloodies are $8 a piece, which is steep for most places, particularly Richmond.

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After thirty minutes in the 105 degree weather, we were shuffled into the restaurant, past locals cozied up at the long bar, where waiters shouting drink orders over their heads. We nestled into a red booth—built for four, but there were five—so they stuck the poor gentlemen of our group at the end of the table with a makeshift table ease. This must happen a lot at Millie’s—hungry people packed in because there are just so many of us.

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Each booth at Millie’s, including ours, is decorated with a vintage (working) jukebox.

Sloane, , a lovely Richmond native who joined us for brunch, described the ambiance as “Not intimidating. I could definitely see myself getting rowdy in this dive-ish diner. Although I hesitate to categorize any place that serves lobster as a ‘dive.’”

In addition to coffee, I ordered a Bloody Mary, which was essentially entirely vodka with a splash of house-made Bloody Mary mix. Sloane, who must be part Russian, certainly didn’t seem to mind. She likes vodka much more than I can stomach.

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The menu is written up on the wall, so tough cookies if you have bad eye sight– someone else will have to read it aloud for you. There’s also a no-substitutions policy, meaning if I wanted something sans-bacon, it was again, tough cookies. By contrast, Lacy says, “There’s something cool about the ‘no substitutions’ policy… you know the food is good if you’re not allowed to make any changes.”

For my entrée, I selected the “Eggs Ben Gurion,” two poached eggs, smoked salmon and Hollandaise on a bagel, served with home fries. It was enormous—an absolutely loaded plate. So full, in fact, it was hard to tell what was what or even locate the bagel. It was heavenly. The Hollandaise was amazing—richer and more flavorful than any I’ve had before. The salmon was fresh, the eggs cooked to my liking. Best of all, underneath everything, the bagel was moist, hot and buttered. The home fries were oily, crispy and well-seasoned. On the plate was spicy Siracha sauce, which actually paired really well with the potatoes. So well, in fact, I poured more of it all over them.

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Chris had a frittata– which was enormous and covered in glorious cheese. Served alongside the enormous dish of eggy goodness were Millie’s delicious home fries with Siracha, of course.

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Sloane selected the soft scrambled eggs with lobster, which was bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, puff pastry and Hollandaise. She says, “soft scrambled eggs with lobster…. I mean… YUM. I couldn’t read the full description on the menu from where I was sitting so the puff pastry was a pleasant fluffy surprise. When I started getting full I just dug through for big chunks of lobster because lobster cannot go to waste! The Hollandaise was amazing—it didn’t taste a bit healthy (not that Hollandaise ever is) but it was delicious.”

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Lacy opted for the Ham Benny , which is what she always has because Millie’s Hollandaise is the best she’s ever tasted. “Plus, it’s a really salty dish, which is an excellent hangover cure. Adding, ‘Me? Hangover? No way.’”

For dessert, we ordered the house-made pecan-crusted chocolate cake, which came served with soft, light fluffy home-made whipped cream. This cake was unlike anything I have ever tasted—rich, thick, creamy and smooth. Very rich, each bite was decadent and delicious. Once each person took their first bite—their eyes literally widened with surprise at how good it really was.

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Our waitress was young, friendly and accommodating, making sure our coffees and waters were always full.

The Bitches say: A+. Great food, fun ambiance—definitely worth the wait and the hype. Brunch there if you ever find yourself in Richmond.

Millie’s Diner
2603 East Main Street
Richmond, V.A.
(804) 643-5512

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  • Emilia says:

    Richmond looks absolutely gorgeous from your photos, I totally want to go there now! Millie’s also looks fantastic, that’s interesting about the no substitutions policy, but at least they have it written down. :)

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