Cheap Eats: Mill’s Tavern Special is Raw-Lover’s Delight

Food — By Jen on July 30, 2010 at 2:28 pm

This just in: Food needn’t be expensive or stuffy, even when it’s served at one of the city’s most established eateries.

The historic Mill’s Tavern in downtown Providence has earned more stars than the sidewalk at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. To the average diner, that would mean pricey drinks and out-of-touch menu items.

But NileGuide readers aren’t average diners. They’re savvy. They know where to look (NileGuide website) for good info (this burgeoning blog) about quality food that’s worthy of their money. So hear us reveal this gem-of-a-tidbit:

The Mill’s Tavern offers a nightly raw bar special, and it’s a doosey.

  • $1 oysters
  • $1 shrimp
  • 65 cent littlenecks … every night of the week.

Yep: Every night.

Assistant Manager John Burke’s blue eyes beamed as he told us that prices are good at the bar Monday-Saturday from 5-8 p.m. and Sundays from 4-8 p.m., making the raw bar a great way to get introduced to the restaurant’s atmosphere.

For diners looking for a way to enjoy the restaurant’s spoils without spoiling the weekly eat-out budget, a dozen raw bites and a few beers will let you leave the tavern for about $20 (… the free valet helps). And amid the bloody back-to-school ads that herald summer’s end is near, with six weeks left ’til Labor Day it’s nice knowing there are still a few surprises left.

(Did going back to school ever make you this happy?)