Brendan Kuhlkin and David Clapp have opened a new restaurant in Rock Hill named Millstone Pizza and Taphouse that focuses on this popular combination of food and beverage.. Their wood-fired pizzas and 40 craft beers on tap will make this place a regular on your dining out schedule.
The City of Rock Hill has made great efforts in recent years to revitalize the downtown area which is referred to as Old Town Rock Hill. Millstone Pizza and Taphouse is located on the backside of the building on Caldwell St which will be housing the brand new indoor Old Town Market, which incidentally opens for the 2013 season this Thursday. (Previously Old Town Market operated out of a parking lot.)
The interior of the restaurant is warm and hip with soaring industrial ceilings, exposed brick, and a bar made out of reclaimed wood. Large garage door windows line the side of the building, letting in lots of light into what would otherwise be a very dark space. They can be opened on a nice day to let fresh air in. There is also a spacious outdoor eating area along the side of the building.
The owners of Millstone Pizza and Taphouse did extensive research before opening, traveling around New York and Chicago sampling some of the best pizzas these cities have to offer. Their efforts paid off. The pizza at Millstone is superior in quality to any made in the area. This is due to their carefully sourced ingredients and 900 degree custom hickory-fired oven.
Cooking the pizza at such a high temperature creates a very crispy crust. The restaurant ships in Caputo OO flour from Italy, custom-made meats from New York, and uses local farm to table cheeses. All ingredients are superbly fresh.
Perhaps my favorite thing at Millstone is the choose your own beer flight. You pick 4 from their 40 beers on tap. There are lots of good choices and a plenty of variety, including many IPAs which tend to be my favorite. They also have a preselected beer flight of the week for a little less money. Our waitress, who was exceptionally friendly and attentive, took the time to write the name of each beer on a coaster. A big plus since between my husband and myself, we had ordered 8 different beers and never would have remembered which beer was which.
For an appetizer, the Salt and Pepper Calamari was very delicious and not at all greasy. After a little debate, we settled on the Meat Pizza with Italian sausage, meatballs, pepperoni, Prosciutto di Parma, and buffalo mozzarella. It proved to be a good choice.
Other pizzas include a Seafood Pizza with white garlic sauce, shrimp, clams, calamari, sea salt, pepper, basil, and red pepper olive oil and the Funghi Pizza with white garlic sauce, cremini and portobello mushrooms, and local goat cheese.
For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the giant chocolate chip cookie cooked in a skillet in the wood-fired oven. Yum!
If you tend to be a late eater, every Monday-Thursday night from 9pm to midnight, pizzas are $2 off and all draft beers are $1 off. I’m sure this deal is popular with nearby Winthrop University students.
Millstone Pizza and Taphouse seems to be doing lots of business. It’s so nice to see some locally owned restaurants doing well in a city that is way too overloaded with chain restaurants. Be sure to also check out Erin’s Restaurant located a few buildings down Caldwell ST, as well as The Yolk which serves up delicious breakfast foods on Mt Gallant, and Culina Modern Comfort Food over by the hospital.
121 Caldwell St
Rok Hill, SC