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All About the Old Mill Pottery House Cafe in Pigeon Forge and Favorite Recipes

The Old Mill Restaurant is one of the most popular places to eat in Pigeon Forge. While we love the Old Mill Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we recommend trying the restaurant right next door if you haven’t! The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe offers made-from-scratch dishes that visitors love, including homemade desserts. We want to help you learn more about this famous restaurant, and, if you’re missing it and its delicious meals, we want to help you bring its flavors and foods into your home! Learn more about the Old Mill Pottery House Cafe in Pigeon Forge and find famous recipes below:

About the Old Mill Pottery House Cafe in Pigeon Forge

Old Mill Pottery House Cafe and GrilleThe Pottery House Cafe offers fresh meals, like sandwiches, salads and hearty entrees. Although you may hear plenty of people talking about the Old Mill Restaurant, Pottery House Cafe is located right next door and loved by both locals and visitors. During the winter, keep cozy indoors as you dine next to the crackling stone fireplace. When the weather is nice, enjoy your meal on the outdoor patio that’s set next to a garden pond! Once you dine at this restaurant, you’ll want to come back for a meal every time you visit.

The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe Menu

When you’re in the mood for a fresh and delicious meal, the Pottery House Cafe is the perfect spot. It’s famous for its freshly baked bread and pastries that are made in the in-house bakery, and its homemade desserts. But you don’t want to skip out an actual meal here, either. For lunch, try one of their fresh sandwiches or homemade soup — or get a combo of both! For dinner, you’ll love the shrimp & grits, garden fresh salads and fried catfish. And, of course, we can’t forget their famous fried chicken!

Browse the Pottery House Cafe’s menus here.

The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe Recipes:

1. Classic Fried Chicken Breading

It wouldn’t be a Southern restaurant without serving up fried chicken! The classic fried chicken breading at the Pottery House Cafe is an Old Mill favorite and is used to dredge the chicken before frying. We recommend using this recipe at home when you fry chicken, pork, steak or even fish! It includes the Old Mill Seasoned Chicken Breading you can get on The Old Mill’s online shop. Here is the recipe:

classic fried chicken breading receipe at the pottery house cafe


  • 1 whole chicken, cut up
  • 2 cups Classic Fried Chicken Breading
  • Vegetable oil for frying

2. Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits is a customer favorite at Pottery House Cafe, and it’s not hard to understand why! If you can’t make it to this Pigeon Forge restaurant but are craving this delicious dish, we’ve got you covered with the recipe. In less than an hour, you can enjoy this popular meal. Here is the recipe card:

shrimp and grits recipe at the pottery house cafe in pigeon forge


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste
  • 1 cup The Old Mill Yellow or White Grits
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


    1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the peeled shrimp in a bowl and toss with olive oil, garlic, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
    2. Place the butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat until melted. Add the onion and pepper and stir until soft, 3 minutes. Add the water, cream, and hot sauce, and stir to combine. Increase the heat to bring to a boil, then when boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and whisk in the grits. Stir and cook until the grits thicken, about 5 to 7 minutes. Turn off the heat, and stir in the cheeses until melted.
    3. Arrange the shrimp in the middle of the grits mixture, pushing them down into the grits.
    4. Place the skillet in the oven. Bake until the shrimp have just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and serve warm.

More About The Old Mill

old mill squareWhether you’re making these recipes at home or trying them in the restaurant, you’re sure not to be disappointed! Now that you know a little more about the Old Mill Pottery House Cafe in Pigeon Forge, we won’t be surprised if you’re itching to visit! Luckily, there is plenty to do when you visit the Pottery House Cafe and The Old Mill. Learn more about The Old Mill Square, then start planning your visit!