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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

MILFORD, PENNSYLVANIA'S WATERWHEEL CAFE

Waterwheel Café
150 Water Street
Milford, PA 18337
(570) 296-2383

Milford, Pennsylvania is a charming town and a great place for day tripping. We recently went on our first letterboxing jaunt there, collecting The Milford Series and seeing some places in Milford we probably would have missed without the letterboxing incentive.

Beside the old grist mill in Milford’s historic district, my friends and I stopped for lunch in the unique Waterwheel Cafe. The building is listed in the National Registry of Historic places. That immediately makes this an interesting stop.

Situated in the Grist Mill building beside “the old mill stream,” we had views of the stream and the woods beyond. We’d toured the grist mill earlier and were pretty much amazed that the mill operated until 1955. Today the wheels still turn, and the water flows through, but the business of grinding or producing power is long gone. Still, if you’ve never actually seen the way a mill works or the size of a waterwheel with its various grinding stones, you will be impressed as you walk up three flights of stairs to the top.

We discussed our visit over a lovely lunch. On this Saturday, the restaurant’s indoor and outdoor seating areas were full of patrons.

The Waterwheel’s luncheon menu is interesting and eclectic borrowing from Asian dishes and ingredients as well as offering vegetarian selections and a very tempting array of sandwich combinations, all at reasonable prices.

Included in our luncheon selections was a homemade creamy squash soup, A Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad with Carrots and Cucumbers, Pesto Pizza with Ricotta, Black Olives & Sundried Tomatoes, Fresh Roasted Turkey & Brie with Sliced Tomato & Lettuce served on Brick-Oven Italian Bread, and “Vegetable Don” Several Fresh Vegetables Stirfried with Ginger & Garlic served over Steamed Short-Grain Brown Rice. Intriguing, yes? Yes. And each one of us was totally satisfied.

The service too was friendly and competent. The Waterwheel is also open for breakfast and dinner, and if you hit it on a Thursday, you’ll be treated to a Blues Jam session. Sounds like something I’d like to experience. If you get there, let us know.



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