The Pottery House Café and Grille is one of two restaurants to call the Old Mill Square home, despite the relatively small size of the square. Each serves a different crowd and a different style of food. The Café and Grille offers a quick serve menu of salads, soups and sandwiches. The food served here is a trendy take on southern classics. Food served at the Old Mill Restaurant are Sunday supper standards.
The Café and Grille opens from lunch and dinner with a weekend brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The brunch menu is limited and you can plan on spending about $12 a person if you skip the mimosas. Try the Truly Southern Benedict: fresh biscuits topped with fried green tomatoes, country (salty) ham, poached eggs, pimento cheese with hollandaise sauce and chopped bacon. To counter all of the calories, sodium and fat served on this one plate, fresh fruit comes as a side. If you are less adventurous, you might try the chicken and waffles, which was on this menu long before it became a mainstream fad. Stuffed French Toast hits the spot for kids.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. everyday. The appetizers are great, even if their names may make out-of-towners question the taste.
With any vacation, though, isn’t trying the local food part of the trip? Where else are you going to see collard greens and artichoke dip or black-eyed peas hummus? One warning: skip the chicken livers. That warning isn’t just for this restaurant … it’s for wherever you eat in the world. This dish traces its heritage to the Appalachian tradition of using every part of every food. Settlers in these parts couldn’t afford to waste anything. They had to do something with chicken livers, so the organs were fried. Some foodies absolutely love them. Most don’t.
Lunch also features soups and sandwiches and some big city salads (baby wedge, kale and berries, and the southern green tomatoes and bacon salad).
Build-A-Combos are popular at about $9 for a salad with half of a sandwich or a cup of soup. Heartier dishes are also available at a reasonable price, but keep it light or you may need an after-lunch nap. Lunch has a considerable price range, with soups starting at $5 and heavier options going for around $20.
Dinner is served from 4-9 p.m. A special menu features dishes made with ingredients ground by the mill. Fried chicken and fried catfish are the highlights. Again, say no to the chicken livers. Make sure someone in your group orders the Apple Pie Pork Chops. Suggest this to the person in your party who is most likely to share. You can plan on spending $15-20 on your supper.
The desserts are rich and come in hearty portions. I like the lemonade pie and peanut butter pie. Reese’s has nothing on the chef that makes the latter. If you don’t feel like dessert, just wander by the Old Mill Candy Store next door and buy some homemade candy (fudge) to take home with you.
The Old Mill Café and Grille is open every day but Christmas. The hours cited above are for fall. Hours may vary in January and February. No reservations are taken, so you might plan your dining hours to coincide with off-peak eating times.
The address is 3341 Old Mill Street, Pigeon Forge. Parking can be very tight. Consider parking in Patriot Park and walk a few blocks to the Old Mill Square.
Address: 3341 Old Mill Street, Pigeon Forge
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