Nauvoo Mill & Bakery Uses Freshly Ground Grain for Its Breads and Baked Goods
For some, Nauvoo feeds the spirit – for others, a hunger for history. Those craving fresh-baked bread, fine food and fair prices make time to dine at Nauvoo Mill & Bakery.
“We started out in a little house, baking breads, cookies and pastries. But we saw a need for more restaurants in Nauvoo,” recalls owner Carol Brown, who purchased the bakery in 1984 with husband, Paul, and transformed it into a homey café near the majestic Nauvoo temple. “We slowly evolved over the years, adding hot food items like pulled pork sandwiches, Maid-Rite loose meat sandwiches and homemade seasonal soups.”
To this day, the Browns grind much of their own grain and use time-tested recipes formulated by Harold Smith, who opened the bakery in 1955.
Those freshly baked breads – from seven-grain to sourdough – make sandwiches extra special. To satisfy your sweet tooth, Nauvoo Mill & Bakery offers an array of delectable baked goods – from peanut butter cookies to banana bread and made-from-scratch whole-wheat cinnamon rolls.
If You Go
Nauvoo Mill & Bakery
Location: 1530 Mulholland St. in Nauvoo
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (217) 453-6734
But one old-fashioned favorite reigns supreme at Nauvoo Mill & Bakery.
“Our sorghum cookies are very popular. They’re crisp, similar to a ginger snap,” Brown says. “We try to offer a variety of value-friendly items on our menu.” The menu even includes gluten-free items to cater to customers with celiac disease.
That variety and value – and treats you can take on the road – suits the diverse tastes you’ll find in this tourist town.
“After the pageant (an annual outdoor stage performance) is over in mid-August, senior groups begin to come through at a more leisurely pace to see the fall colors,” says Brown. “We’ve been doing this for 35 years, and the best part has been meeting all different kinds of people.”