What’s good at Millwood Coffee Co. in Melrose Heights?

Special to The StateNovember 28, 2012 

  • Millwood Coffee Co. 2911 Millwood Avenue PRICES: From $3.50 to $6.50 HOURS: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday INFO: (803) 667-9939

What’s good here?

Coffee, roasted fresh every day in a refurbished antique coffee roaster. It sells for $10 a pound. The beans are from Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Costa Rica. There is a coffee station, where customers can add what they desire in their coffee-to-go. Those who dine in are served the fresh roasted coffee. A sliding-glass door at the side of the establishment enables customers to pull up alongside and order a “joe” to go.

Millwood Coffee Co. also serves a variety of teas. For breakfast, there are muffins and other baked goods made by the pastry chef. On display recently: pumpkin apple streusel, blueberry and bran muffins, trail-mix bars, cheesecake brownies and vanilla pound cake. There are breakfast specials, such as a mini waffle sandwich with sausage or a chicken fried biscuit. On the menu are generous plates and platters with choices of eggs, pancakes, Adluh grits, hash browns, bacon, sausage, English muffin, toast, biscuit or bagel. A whole-grain oatmeal blend is sweetened with honey. There are also breakfast sandwiches.


What else?

For lunch, Millwood serves a grilled chicken wrap, an Angus burger, a Rueben and a turkey club. A choice of sides includes pasta salad, coleslaw, red skin potato salad or chips. There are also salads: garden, Greek and wedge, which is quartered stacked lettuce with red onions, crisp bacon and crumbled bleu cheese. Chicken can be added to salads for an extra $2. Customers can stop in between meals to smell the coffee roasting and enjoy coffee, tea, baked goods and free Wi-Fi.


What is Millwood’s ambiance?

Light floods a wall of windows in this quaint location with hardwood floors, a wood bakery counter on tile and open ceilings with track lighting. Bright gold walls are a backdrop to art by local artist Jonathan Inkley. Light wood chair and table legs contrast with green table tops and chair cushions. Bistro tables line the wall of windows.


How did Millwood get its start?

Pat Burch is part owner of the restaurant with his aunt, Renee Perks. The two completely renovated the space, which had many previous lives, and opened for business earlier this fall. The goal, says Burch, is to offer quality, healthy food and the freshest coffee. With the traffic traveling up and down Millwood — toward and away from Gervais Street — he is hoping customers will make Millwood Coffee Co. a routine stop.


Who eats here?

Strategically located between the Shandon and Melrose Heights neighborhoods — with no Starbucks in sight — Millwood Coffee Co. is quickly becoming the neighborhood hangout for breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks. A retired couple living in Melrose Heights, Jack and Betty Kaneft, said they have made Millwood their Saturday morning breakfast outing.

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