Copper Blue (A Grub Shack)
900 Main St.
Milford, Ohio 45150
Named after the fantastic LP by Sugar (in my mind*), this locally owned restaurant is housed in a former Shoney's. They've tinted the windows with a coppery film, spruced the interior up with a bold color scheme, and added music selections right out of the old 97X handbook. We heard Barenaked Ladies playing as we walked in, and they offered up lots of good WOXY-style bands during our visit, including some deep catalog stuff. Nice.
The menu selections are standard American fare - similar to the big "TGI O'Chilibee's" chain restaurants (think burgers, steaks, huge appetizers etc.), except that most everything is made fresh in-house. I ordered a spicy black bean burger ($7.99) and was surprised to find that it was actually hand-made, rather than a previously frozen patty. It had a nice flavor and was really thick, if a little gummy. While this is the only vegetarian entree on the menu, they offer several good-sized veggie appetizers (black bean dip & chips, or veggie flatbread, each around $6) and a handful of salad options that could stand-in for an entree if desired.
Others in our party ordered the fish tacos ($8.29), a steak salad ($10.79), and buffalo mac & cheese ($13.99). Portions were large but not belt-busting crazy big like Cheesecake Factory, and everything was plated nicely. Service was excellent; friendly and efficient. Props also for the small but decent selection of craft and imported beer. They stock several from Mt. Carmel Brewing Co. and Bluegrass Brewing Co. as well.
Their hand-cut fries are probably the best we've had around here - even better than those from Five Guys. In fact, the only ones we've had stateside that are better were at Emmon's Dublin Chipper in Alexandria, Virginia.
We'd return just for the fries - but everything about the place was inviting. It's not the sort of place we'd go out of our way to visit, but on the off chance that we are in the Milford area again in the future, we'd go back.
Sorry for the lack of photos - my camera battery was out of juice.
*The restaurant is actually named Copper Blue in homage to the owners' respective native lands (the 'Copper' Country of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the 'Blue'grass of Kentucky). But I wouldn't be surprised to hear Sugar on the restaurant's playlist.