The Old Mill Inn Restaurant houses a welcome oasis for those at Fair Park seeking good home cooking at a reasonable price. The menu features county-style cooking, including chicken-fried steak, sandwich baskets, fruit cobbler and more.
The restaurant was built as a flour mill for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. It was a large exhibit that featured a modern experimental flour mill, three model kitchens and a tea room.
The roof (which features hand-carved beams that German carpenters connected with wooden pegs), and all other woodwork, is built of old timbers. Masons laid the stone after the manner employed by the masons of a century ago. The fireplace in the downstairs dining area remains in its original state of 1936. A working water wheel, and fountains, complement the nostalgic experience.
In later years, the Old Mill became the Borden Dairy Exhibit during each State Fair of Texas. Youngsters took particular delight in going there to visit "Elsie" the cow, her husband "Elmer" (of glue fame), and their calf son, "Beauregard."
Old Mill Inn hours of operation for April, 2019
Across from The Magnolia Lounge near Big Tex Circle.
The Old Mill Inn Restaurant
3611 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210