We drove over for an afternoon while visiting nearby Eureka Springs. We had driven by on our way in on Memorial Day and it was packed. When we came back on Tuesday, it was so much less crowded (read: enjoyable to me) and I was glad.
The mill is in a gorgeous setting on the creek and has a lovely bridge. On the lower level is the mill itself and there are grains and mixes for sale. They are packaged nicely and reasonably priced. I bought the cornbread mix....more on that in a minute. The second floor is a gift shop. They offer lots of unique souvenier-type items and cooking tools/utensils. I loved their heavy, old timey diner-style coffee mugs and bought three. Again, reasonable prices.
On the third floor is the Bean Palace restaurant. We didn't want to fill up too much, so my husband and I split a bean lunch. It came with a bowl of pinto/soup beans (tasted just like my Mom's), a scoop of cole slaw and a piece of GLORIOUS cornbread. We ordered an extra piece so we would each have our own. They use the cornmeal ground at the mill. It is a very rough grind and has a nutty/corny flavor that is very unique. It is the same mix that I had already bought and I can't wait to make some here at home.
There is a nice shaded area near the creek and I would have loved to have had the time to just sit out there and maybe dip my feet in the water. Some kids were playing there and it looked like a blast.
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