Do you know the muffin man?

by Tallahassee Table

Not long ago, someone brought in a tray of muffins to the office where my husband works. He raved about them, and so did his colleagues.IMG_4677

These muffins – including orange juice, lemon poppy, chocolate chip and banana flavors – were all the rage at The Mill Bakery, Eatery and Brewery on North Monroe Street and Apalachee Parkway in the ‘90s. Alas, those places have long since closed.

But rejoice, Tallahassee foodies – Durand “Coosh” Willis and his wife Margaret, former partners of The Mill on Monroe (and branches in Gainesville and Fort Myers) – serve these mammoth IMG_4669muffins at their restaurant, Coosh’s Bayou Rouge.

Willis said he started making them informally again about four years ago when he moved Coosh’s from Kerry Forest Parkway to its current location on Old Water Oak Road,

“We’d sell 1,000 muffins a day at The Mill,” Willis said.

They haven’t yet matched the muffin mania at The Mill,     but in the past year and a half, “we’ve been making a big push and we’re selling a lot.”

Willis has a muffin repertoire of 12 flavors, offering about six choices each day.

“They’re available all day till they’re gone.”

Other flavors include blueberry, Bavarian, apple pie and cinnamon IMG_4670crumb. You can place an advance order to ensure you’ll find your faves.

The muffins are $2.99 apiece. Small price for such a cloud of flavor. We took home an orange juice and a double chocolate. Seconds after these photos, we’d gobbled them gone.

If you go…
Coosh’s Bayou Rouge
6267 Old Water Oak Rd., Tallahassee, 32312

Main photo at top courtesy of Coosh’s.

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Steve Fellerman June 2, 2016 - 7:39 pm

I frequented The Mill and was sad to see it go. Didn’t realize those muffins are now available at Coosh’s.

tallahassee table June 3, 2016 - 12:53 am

We found them only recently, but we’re glad we did

Daniel F Pineau May 12, 2019 - 5:50 pm

Ah yes… – The Mill (both on N. Monroe and The Parkway)! – My realization came serendipitously – when I KNEW I had had such a muffin before. I asked the manager at the time if he’d ever heard of The Mill – and, well, yeah…

Coosh’s delivers waybackwhen muffiliciousness – in addition to a solid NOLA menu lineup!

tallahassee table May 13, 2019 - 3:39 am

They are so good!

Leslie November 6, 2021 - 12:13 pm

I live in Connecticut now but was a Tallahassee resident for almost 30 years. I still remember The Mill muffins – apple was my favorite! So glad the recipes have not been lost.

Tallahassee Table November 8, 2021 - 10:51 am

So true! Wonderful to see these muffins at Coosh’s. Thanks so much for writing.


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