Best Classic Restaurant in Tennessee

One of the most popular restaurants in Pigeon Forge has been named to a list of the best classic restaurants in America! Food & Wine Magazine chose The Old Mill Restaurant as one of the best classic restaurants in Tennessee. And another amazing thing is that the Old Mill Restaurant is just a few minutes from your room at Willow Brook Lodge!

Best Classic Restaurant in Tennessee

On its list of “The Best Classic Restaurants in Every State,” Food & Wine Magazine recognized the Old Mill Restaurant as one of Tennessee’s best. The Old Mill District has been a staple in the city of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee since what seems to be forever!  Whether you are craving a delicious Southern Style breakfast, or craving some fritters that soothe the soul, the Old Mill Restaurant will not disappoint.  The portions are anything but small, so bring your eating pants and get ready to feast like a king.

Southern Classic Dishesyummy fried chicken and sides at a restaurant in Pigeon Forge Tennessee

Of course one of the things that keeps visitors coming back for more is the Old Mill Restaurant’s delicious food. The menu is complete with Southern classic dishes that you know and love, with options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy everything from stone-ground grits and homemade buttermilk biscuits to fried chicken and fall-off-the-bone country ribs. This restaurant is especially famous for its breakfast, which has gained it recognition across the country for being one of the best breakfasts spots around! If you visit for lunch or dinner, be sure to save room for dessert. There is a wide selection of desserts that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Beautiful View

Nothing pairs better with a great meal than a gorgeous view, and you’ll have both at the Old Mill Restaurant. The tables overlook the Little Pigeon River as it flows through the water wheel of the 200-year-old historic mill.  This is the same river that flows right behind Willow Brook Lodge.  It is not only a great scene from your table, but make for an amazing photo with your family that you can look back on forever with a smile.

Historic Setting

The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge TN.Speaking of The Historic Old Mill, that’s another reason this restaurant is so special: its historic setting. The Old Mill itself is one of the oldest continually operating grist mills in the country. It’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Mill Restaurant opened its doors in the fall of 1993, so it’s celebrating over 25 years of delicious food. When you visit the restaurant, be sure to explore the Old Mill Square instead of just seeing it through the windows while you dine. The area is home to a variety of shops and eateries that celebrate the flavors, craftsmanship, hospitality and history of the Smoky Mountains. Visit The Old Mill General Store, The Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen, Pigeon River Pottery, Pottery House Cafe and Sassafras clothing! There’s also a candy store and an ice cream shop to cure any craving for sweets. Before you leave, stop by Old Forge Distillery to sample spirits and get a one-of-a-kind moonshine jug to take back home.


You also don’t want to miss winter time in the Old Mill District!  The lights are absolutely beautiful during WinterFest!