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Miller’s Grill: A “Brandon” New Start

Several months ago, I noticed a new “pizzeria” had sprung up out of nowhere, not far off Lakeland on Highway 471 in Brandon. As it turns out, Miller’s Grill and Pizzeria is both new and old; many of you are likely familiar with it, as it was a fixture downtown for many years.

Owner Mark Miller cites the exodus of several businesses from downtown Jackson as one of the main reasons for his decision to make the move. “Losing a lot of those customers really cut into my bottom line,” he said.

However, Miller discovered that a perceived negative can sometimes turn into a positive. “When we were closing, I found out that a large percentage of our customer base downtown…worked in Jackson, but they lived out here.”

Miller cites good word-of-mouth as contributing to his success in the current location. I can attest to that: A friend of mine raved about the pizzas, bolstering my desire to give the place a try. I was not disappointed.

Wednesday’s Bacon Double Cheese Burger Pizza

MillersGrill-CheeseburgerPizzaThe Specs: Pizza sauce, seasoned ground beef, bacon, and grilled onions with a hint of mustard all topped with double cheese. Small pizza rings up at $8.50.

The Skinny: The server told me that Miller’s is best-known for its pizzas and burgers, so I decided to mix the best of both worlds. When Miller’s was still located downtown, this was their Wednesday specialty pizza. All of those daily pizza specials are on the menu full-time at the new location, which will surely please devotees of their specialty pies.

Miller’s menu boasts that their crust is made and rolled by hand daily, and they’re not lying. (You can see it happening behind the plexiglass barrier separating the kitchen from the dining area). The effort is worth it; the crust was well-seasoned and tasty.

When my pizza first came out, I was a little concerned that there wouldn’t be enough topping–I like my pizzas to be loaded down, but I had no cause for concern. The topping load was generously proportioned to the thinner crust. Speaking of “proportion”… kudos, Miller’s, for putting just the right amount of mustard on this pizza. I’ve had cheeseburger-esque pizzas before that went overboard with it, and you guys did it just right. The small was more than enough food for just me.

Oakdale Onion Rings

MillersGrill-OnionRingsThe Specs: Hand-battered and fried onions, served with a side of Miller’s comeback sauce. These onion rings are available as a side for $2.95.

The Skinny: These are some of the best onion rings I’ve tasted. Mr. Miller himself said it best, “So many places are getting away from doing homemade onion rings.” We hand-batter…and we try to keep them as fresh as we can.”

The onion rings were flaky, crispy, and delicious, and Miller’s homemade comeback was pretty tasty, as well.

Turtle Brownie with Ice Cream

MillersGrill-BrownieThe Specs: Fresh-baked brownie served with ice cream and topped with chocolate and caramel sauces. Finished with chopped pecans and whipped cream for only $4.50.

The Skinny: You can get some version of this dessert at many a chain restaurant, but they don’t usually feature a brownie that’s homemade. The brownie, while not the best I’ve ever had, was still quite good. I appreciated the fact that the pecans were a topping and not baked into the brownie itself; it’s just a personal preference of mine. The portion size was very generous, so this is a meal-finisher that’s great to share. I didn’t, though.

Chicken and Waffle

MillersGrill-Chicken&WaffleThe Specs: Homemade waffle, topped with hand-battered chicken strips and served with a side of aged-bourbon and herb-infused maple syrup. This menu must will only set you back $9.99.

The Skinny: I’m ashamed of myself. I try to approach each dish free of bias, but in this instance I failed. It’s not that I expected it to be bad; I just didn’t have the highest of hopes for it based on Miller’s reputation of being more of a burger-and-pizza place. Frankly, it was an afterthought. I had already eaten the other three dishes on a previous visit, but when I went back to interview the owner, I decided to try it on a whim.

Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a better dish I’ve had in Jackson for under ten bucks. If it cost twice as much, it would still be worth it. I’ve had chicken and waffles elsewhere, and the Miller’s version holds its own. Everything about it makes your taste buds happy. Everything else I tried ranged from good to very good, but the Chicken and Waffle was by far my favorite.

Owner’s Recs: Miller cites the Pesto Burger as his new favorite menu item. His “old” favorite menu item is Friday’s South Philly Pizza.

The Food: I bounced all over the menu over the course of two trips to Miller’s Grill & Pizzeria. Why two trips? Well, because I haven’t had time for twelve trips yet. Suffice it to say that I’m now one of its biggest fans.

The Atmosphere: There’s a cheery mood about Miller’s. It’s decorated in bright primary colors and has a very family-friendly vibe. Four flat-screen TVs allow for viewing of whatever game is on, and there’s an outside dining area that’s going to be an attractive place to kick back and enjoy a pizza and brew whenever it gets to be (reliably) warm.

Insider Tip: There’s good news for those who were fans of the plate lunches at the downtown location. Miller plans to roll them out at the new location within the next two to four weeks.

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Miller’s Grill and Pizzeria
2146 Hwy 471
Brandon, MS 39047
(601) 829-0013
Price: $$

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73 Responses to Miller’s Grill: A “Brandon” New Start

  1. Jennifer Walker February 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Congrats to the Millers!! Canot wait to try!

  2. Ann February 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Have tried the chicken and waffles—very good!

    • Emily Mitchell February 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

      Sounds delicious. I love Millers!

  3. Morgan February 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Love Millers!!

  4. Michele McGee February 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Pizzas are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Savanah February 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    What I would not give right now for some millers!!

  6. Amanda February 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    LOVE Millers! Miss them downtown!

  7. Michele McGee February 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    the pizza is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Diane February 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    It all sounds good! I will have to try very soon.

  9. Peter Chase February 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    Right down the road, I’ll have to check this place out.

  10. Ken February 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Sounds like another place to try when in that neck of the woods.

  11. Karen February 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Sounds good! I’m going to visit them!

  12. Sara February 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Millers is delicious!!! Pizza and burgers are both awesome!

  13. Ken February 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Loved ‘em downtown. Tried once at new location, couldn’t even get in the parking lot. Can’t wait to try again.

  14. Diane February 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    I am happy to see them return. I sure do miss them downtown!!

  15. Biglester February 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Miss this place being downtown so I’m glad to hear they’re still in the area. #FFF

  16. Eva Williams February 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    We will, definitely, try this next week!

  17. Liz February 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Yummy!

  18. Nichole Levern February 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Can’t wait to try!!

  19. Nyssa February 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Can’t wait to try. Just wish they were closer to florence.

  20. Jordan I. February 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Never heard of the place. Looks like I have another local to try.

  21. AMitra February 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Pizza is the ultimate comfort food. Love trying new pizzerias. A bear with it is the topping on the cake. Hope they serve bear!

  22. Nick Travis February 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    They have great pizza and the burgers are comparable to Mugshots’s! Love it!

  23. AMitra February 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Woopsie! I meant Beer ;)

  24. Danielle February 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Add me to the list of people who misses MIller’s downtown.

  25. Nicole February 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Oh Millers, how I miss thee.
    I used to eat healthy all week so I could go to millers and get everything I had been craving.
    I am so glad to see that they are still open for business.
    Great good and even better folks behind the grill!

  26. Shelia February 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Went to Miller’s last weekend! Loved it & will definitely go back. The Mississippi Tropical pizza was delicious as well as the Chicken pesto pizza!

  27. Ethan Broadfoot February 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    I think I might have to try this place. It looks and sounds delicious!

  28. Tony February 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Looks like a trip to Miller’s is in the very near future – tonight!

  29. Princess February 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    I’m excited to try this place!

  30. Jackie February 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Chicken and Waffles – please and thank you!

  31. David February 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Next time I am down there I will have to check this out.

  32. Ashten February 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Yum! Can’t wait to try this place.

  33. Tim February 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Had dinner at Millers with friends Saturday night
    Food was great. Excellent service. Good prices.

  34. LInda February 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Onion rings look great!

  35. Ryan February 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    so glad to hear they found a new location. I use to get the blue plate special downtown all the time.

  36. Laura James February 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    I’m going to have to stop by for the chicken and waffle and try out the pizza.

    • Christina February 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

      I was going to comment on this one too. Must run in the family.

  37. Megan February 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Wish they hadn’t left downtown, would love to try the chicken and waffles!

  38. Ginnie February 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    So happy you are back and in Btown…we needed you!!!

  39. msu_scrappy February 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Knew Miller’s closed downtown but didn’t know they had plans to reopen out past Flowood. Normally, I’m not a fan of such, but Miller’s was pretty good, I like local, and some highly recommended chicken and waffles (one of my favorites) might just be worth the drive trough shopping strip suburbia.

  40. Nathan February 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Is it my turn to win yet?

  41. Shelly February 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Delicious!

  42. Chris February 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Sounds Amazing

  43. lucy February 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    I used to eat at their downtown jackson location all of the time!!!

  44. Samantha February 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Great place for birthday parties!!!

  45. Laurence February 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Looking forward to trying it out!

  46. azileretsis February 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    nice desserts

  47. Chad February 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Sounds like I need to try this joint. 39042 is weak in the food options.

  48. Jeri Lyn February 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    My husband has talked about this place but when it was located downtown. We were curious to find out more about it and thankfully I came across this article. We just moved to Brandon last October and are excited to try it out!

  49. Robin February 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    LOVE Miller’s!! Out family has eaten there just about once a week since they’ve opened out here in Brandon. We are also former Jacksonians who have moved to Brandon and so excited to see old names moving closer to us again. You absolutely cannot go wrong with ANY of the pizza’s or burgers (yummy bun!) and the fried pickles and Bay Bay shrimp are amazing appetizers! Very family friendly and reasonable prices too!

  50. Cherlene Nerland February 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    I’m glad there is a new restaurant in Brandon. Can’t wait to try Miller’s!!

  51. Phillip February 9, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    Chicken and waffles!! sounds good

  52. Jason February 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Miller’s has become our new spot to go to when we want to grab a bite after work for just a little more drive time. I have tried several burgers and all have been great. I think it is time to get the Pesto Burger again.

    Pizza are great as well.

    It is worth the drive for those missing the downtown location.

    PS – I agree with Samantha about birthday parties. Kids get to make their own pizzas and have an opportunity to play games as well.

  53. Mark February 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Looks like the food is good. I have heard the beer selection is terrible. Do not even have Miller Lite available or many other beers you would think they would.

  54. JennaJ February 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to give this place a try because I never went to the downtown location. Guess I’ll definitely have to check it out now!

  55. Kristen Taylor February 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    We went to Miller’s last week and were very impressed with the service, food, and prices!

  56. Debbie February 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try Miller’s

  57. Jeffrey February 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Have been wanting to go for a while now, but the last time we went parking lot was full!

  58. Shaunna February 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    The new Miller’s is great! We were already fans of the downtown location & were sad to see it go. The new place is even better! More on the menu, new & old. Been there several times already. Love the cheeseburger pizza & last night tried the Mahi sandwich for the first time. Yum!

  59. Corey February 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    I agree with you on the mustard on the cheeseburger pizza. It’s just the right amount. I was afraid it would be overpowering, but it wasn’t. It’s some really good pizza for sure. I’ll have to try some other items one day.

  60. Jennifer Rutledge February 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    So glad to have a new place nearby! Great food :)

  61. Phil Nelson February 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Saw this place last time we were heading to Starkville and wanted to try it out. Forgot about, but thanks to EAT Jackson we remembered. Sounds YUMM-O!

  62. elle garner February 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Yum! Can’t wait to try!

  63. AustinM February 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to try this place! May do it this weekend.

  64. Elizabeth February 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Will have to try soon!

  65. Melissa February 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    I cannot wait to try this!

  66. Mary February 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    I’ve heard wonderful things about this place! Can’t wait to try it myself.

  67. gabbrielle February 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    that sounds delicious. i want it all. lol

  68. Tyra Murphy February 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    We absolutely LOVE Millers! And, have been about 5 times since they opened! It is definitely our New go to place for Pizza! Everything we have eaten there has been Great…And positively the Best & Most Delicious Cheese Bread Ever!!! If You haven’t tried Miller’s…it is s Must! Great Food, & Great Service Every Time!!! Thanks so much for bringing this Awesome estsblishment to Rankin County, snd so close to us! Thanks to Eat Jackson for Spotlighting this New Local Treasure!  Tyra Murphy & Family:-D

  69. Kevin February 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the simple deliciousness of the picture of pizza and tall glass of brew tells me everything I need to know about this place. When’s dinner????

  70. Eva Williams March 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Pizzas are great! Servers are the best!

  71. Ziera Bates May 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    How old do you have to be to work here ?

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