Dining · Drinks

The Planing Mill- 3 Stars

img_2372Friday evening, fresh haircut and just got paid… so it’s time to rally the crew.

Can’t leave Stan out so I sent him a text, “Planing Mill on Center Street 7:00, you down?” To which he responds, “Copy 1900.” Whatever that means, we’ll meet you there?

This establishment has some history with the building being a part of the original Visalia Planing Mill established in 1851. Who doesn’t appreciate the masonry work of way back when? This building has character that’s for sure. Keep that in mind as this is our experience.

As we drove up, finding a parking spot was a bit of a challenge. The parking lot is run down and shared with the Church next door. Space is tight and this was confirmed when one patron backed into another during our visit.

We walk in and quickly get seated in their outdoor dining area which has potential for a good experience. Again, this is an old building so things are old. The facilities are outside and shared by all. A bit of an inconvenience if you throw a few back and happen to break the seal. No fault of the business but the stray cats and the urban backpackers walking by take away from the ambience. Seems to be a growing issue in downtown Visalia.

We glance over their beer menu board, wow 11 beers on tap… Come to find out it was more like 7 or 8. They’re playing with my emotions. Clean up your menu board please, its only chalk after all.

Moving on, we ordered the three lil pigs pie with Canadian bacon, pulled pork, bacon, red peppers, onion strings and BBQ sauce which was pretty damn tasty I must say. We also ordered the red pulled pork sandwich that had onion rings and coleslaw in it. Be still my heart. Well played my friends, well played.

The Planing Mill is a bit pricey for pizza and beer but all in all it wasn’t a bad experience. The service was decent, the food was good and the beer was cold. Rumor has it the Planing Mill is in the processes of building a new building so we can’t wait to see it. 

So let’s go to the score card-

Customer Service- 3 Stars

Food Quality- 3.5 Stars

Drink Selection- 2.5 Stars

Ambience- 3 Stars

The Planing Mill is off the beaten path but not a bad place to visit with both friends and family.

Where to next Stan?




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