For as long as I can remember my family has visited the Mill Race Inn restaurant in Geneva, Illinois. Due to its diverse menu, cozy atmosphere, enchanting history and delightful location, the Mill Race Inn is well worth the 45 minute jaunt from our suburban home just west of Chicago.
This Geneva eatery is, in fact, situated directly upon the cool rippling waters of the Fox River and was originally built by two brothers as a blacksmith shop. In 1891, the shop was unfortunately destroyed by fire, but was then rebuilt and re-opened as a heating and plumbing company.
Years later, yet another pair of entrepreneurial siblings bought the property. This sisterly duo also owned and operated the lovely Little Traveler store located just a few blocks from the Mill Race Inn. Even today, the Little Traveler houses an exquisite collection of unique shops and specialty boutiques enticing shoppers from all over Illinois. The sisters purchased the Mill Race Inn structure and opened it as a tea room. After various owners and several restorations, the Roumeliotis family presently owns the beloved riverside restaurant.
The Mill Race Inn boasts five distinctive dining opportunities. The main dining room features eclectic fare like Grecian Calamari, Oysters Rockefeller, steaks, lamb chops, crispy coconut duck strips, chicken Marsala, Swedish meatballs, and grilled ahi steak.
Mallards at the Mill Race Inn, hosts private parties like weddings, showers, reunions and anniversary celebrations. Mallards advertises a menu customized to your needs and boasts floor to ceiling windows, wooden beams and ample space to cater to 125 people.
The Duck Inn is a cozy, casual venue complete with a pool table, antique shuffle board, darts and old school board games. And the Duck Inn is the ideal setting to catch a ball game, host an impromptu business meeting or even celebrate a bachelor party.
The Gazebo at the Mill Race Inn restaurant is, by far, my very favorite place to dine. Overlooking the river, the Gazebo makes you feel as though you are floating upon the waters below. Nature views are abound as you sample nachos, wings, shrimp, salads, brats, burgers, wraps, pulled pork and more.
After a robust meal at the Inn, guests can burn off a few calories by taking a stroll down the adjacent scenic paved trails that meander along the banks of the Fox River. For more information, menus, a history lesson and photos of the Mill Race Inn located in Geneva, Illinois, log onto www.themillraceinn.com.