Friday, June 13, 2008

The Old Mill Restaurant, Pigeon Forge, TN

Ya'll want some good eatin?

The Old Mill Restaurant and Store
164 Old Mill Avenue, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 429- 3463 (Old Mill Square)

Well don't eat for 3 days first so you'll have room for all you get served! Each meal includes: Southern Style Specialties - All entrees includes a cup of their own delicious corn chowder, homemade fritters, mashed potatoes and green beans. (During "on season" their fritters are sold by the bag for $2.00 and literally run out the door.)

We have gone to Pigeon Forge 3 times in the last year and a half and we ALWAYS make a stop at the Old Mill for lunch. We have never tried dinner as your "lunch size" portions are so big and the since the dinners come family style on huge platters and bowls and I'm sure I'll have to send someone out for bigger pants before I'll be able to leave the table!

You walk into a little town when you arrive at the restaurant. It's entire property encompasses two restaurants, a bakery, several craft shops and and and old general store.

You head up a two story ramp overlooking an awesome waterwheel complete with ducks and waterfall. Once you're in the restaurant, it's an overwhelming (but in a good way) vision of hand hewn gigantic wood tables, banisters, benches and general woodworking.

Then the meal comes. Their homemade corn chowder is divine. I once just ordered a giant bowl of it, ate it with the fritters and was stuffed. Main meals include fried catfish, chicken and dumplins, homemade chicken pot pie, fried chicken, pot roast, and many more Southern meals. I have my next three lunches already planned out.

To wear off some of the food so that you can fit into your car again, you can wander around all of the shops and also go to the general store and purchase many of the ingredients and recipes that are used in the restaurant.

Lunch runs about $10 a person, so if you're on a budget and have a few more things planned that day (Pigeon Forge activities are pricey) you may want to save it for another day.

And for heavens sake, don't go there and to the Dixie Stampede on the same day, as that show feeds you enough food for a small army also. You'll never recover.

**Note - the restaurant is ALWAYS crowded so don't wait to show up when your starving - it's an average 45 minute wait.**