Attractions, Food

Wears Valley Food Trucks

Food truck park opens by Sevierville Friday, Wears Valley Social

Want to experience the best of Sevierville culture all in one spot? Then, you definitely need to plan a trip to the Wears Valley Social. One part food truck park, another part arts and crafts fair, this innovative space lets you join your friends, family, and neighbors for a great time. The food trucks and craft vendors rotate out on the regular, so be sure to visit often to experience all it has to offer.  

Food, Great Smoky Mountains

The Appalachian Restaurant

The Appalachian Restaurant is bringing a contemporary Southern Appalachian dining experience to Sevierville and Smoky Mountain area all while honoring the past. This is a farm to table restaurant which provides Southern hospitality at its finest, while presenting the greatest reflection and flavors of this amazing region.

The Appalachian restaurant features chef-inspired Appalachian cuisine opened in downtown Sevierville, Tenn on Bruce Street. According to The Appalachian’s website, The restaurant is a collaboration between developers and entrepreneurs Austin and Katie Williams and co-owners David and Cara Rule.

David Rule has previously served as a veteran chef at other popular fine-dining establishments in East Tennessee including Blackberry Farm and The Dancing Bear Lodge. He also served as both partner and executive chef at the Walnut Kitchen in Maryville, Tenn.

The restaurant features a modern and elevated approach to traditional Appalachian ingredients. “We are bringing a contemporary Southern Appalachian culinary experience to Sevierville while honoring the past,” says Rule on the Appalachian’s website. “Our hope is that the restaurant provides Southern hospitality at its finest, while presenting the greatest reflection and flavors of this amazing region.”

Smoky flavors are a signature of the restaurant’s menu, thanks to a large wood burning hearth located in the heart of the kitchen.

Ingredients are all fresh and locally sourced for the restaurant’s many partners including Mossy Creek Mushrooms, Cruze Farm Dairy, Sugar Tree, Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Ham, Mountain Roots Farm, White Oak Pastures, Blackberry Farm, Iberian Pastures, Springer Mountain Farms, J.Q. Dickenson Saltworks, Georgia Olive Farms, Joe Jurgelwitz & Son, Zavel’s Farm, Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork and Anson Mills.

Main menu features include chicken, duck breast, pork, burgers, fish and a variety of steaks.

Restaurant features a romantic, high-end yet country aesthetic with dark tones, brass, stone and wood. The Appalachian is also unique in that it is one of only a handful of local restaurants that actually take reservations. Reservations can be made online using the Resy app.

The Appalachian is located in the heart of historic downtown Sevierville at 133 Bruce Street and is open from 4 pm-9 pm Tuesday-Thursday at 4-10 pm Friday and Saturday. Dining reservations start at 5 pm. The Appalachian restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Attractions, Food

Apple Barn Village

The barn was purchased in 1972 by the Hicks and Kilpatrick families, and the original structure goes all the way back to 1910. These families scrubbed the barn clean one board at a time and started planting apple trees around the area. The Apple Barn opened its doors in 1981, and the two families’ orchard now has more than 4,000 trees.

See the original barn from 1972 with tons of yummy treats.

The first addition to the apple barn was the Cider Room where visitors could watch all the apples being pressed into delicious cider and then be served a glass, hot or cold. You can watch apples from their 4,000 trees being pressed into cider, which you can sample! Eventually the scrumptious apples made their way into all sorts of baked goods for visitors to enjoy. Today you can enjoy apple pies, doughnuts, dumplings and more at The Apple Barn.

The Apple Barn Village continued to expand over the next few decades, eventually developing a recipe for their very own applewood smoked ham and bacon, and of course their famous mountain apple butter. Visitors can purchase these goods and more in the village’s general store.

There is also a candy shop and ice creamery that the kids will love. And for the parents, don’t miss a tasting at the Apple Barn Winery. The Apple Barn Winery is part of the Rocky Top Wine Trail. The winery boasts a hand crafted flavorful selection made from local fruit. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy both the free tastings and the great selection of wine accessories in the gift shop.

One of the most exciting additions to the village was the original Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, voted best breakfast, restaurant, and southern food in 2019. It didn’t take long for the owners to realize the extremely high demand of their tasty meals, and they opened an additional restaurant (The Applewood Farmhouse Grill) in 1995.

The newest addition to village is the Cider House, offering hand crafted hard ciders on site. The masterminds behind these tasty beverages utilize a sterile filtration method rather than a full pasteurization process to retain as much of the crispy apple cider taste as possible. And it’s more than just apples; there are flavors combined with things like loganberries and muscadines.

Food, Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains

Best hole in the wall restaurants in Sevier County

When we are in town, we always ask the people behind the counter where they eat. Or, where would they go if they want a good burger.

Some of the best restuarants we have found have very odd hours. So, call before you go.

Delauders BBQ (Gatlinburg)

Barbecue joints are meant to be holes in the wall. Sure, you’ve got a couple of high-enders like Calhoun’s which has built an empire on smoked meat, but by and large, the best barbecue you will ever have in your life comes from places that invest in smokers and meat, not decorations and seats.

Listen, you want an authentic Tennessee experience to go back and tell your friends at home? Go to Delauders, get the Holy Bologna Sandwich or the Sneaky Pig with sweet habanero sauce and thank me later

Bigfoot Cheese Steaks

There is a small gray cart between a winery and Tennessee Shine on Wears Valley Road. We got the best burger there. The owner Kevin tries to keep the meats authentic and buys only the best. You won’t be dissapointed. While we waited, we played some corn hole. There is also a fire pit.

Chubby’s Deli Restaurant (Sevierville)

This one is right outside of Pigeon Forge.

Chubby’s is located in a Citgo on Newport Highway in Sevierville. Meatloaf and two sides, taters and gravy and fried okra for $8 includes bread. This is the authentic art of simple Southern dining that has been swallowed up by the usurpers and the pretenders. Go to Chubby’s and go home happy.

Paw Paw’s Catfish Kitchen (Wears Valley)

You want authentic Cajun cuisine? Maybe some red beans and rice? Sure you might find it in some fancy place down in New Orleans or maybe some high-end joint in Atlanta.

But if you want real Cajun cooking, start looking for the places off the beaten map. The restaurant is on the right of Wears Valley Road as you go out of town. It looks like a little single wide trailer up a little hill.

They have a sample plate, two boudin balls, one crab cake, four fish nuggets and four gator bites and you’ll be talking like a Swamp People cast member in no time.

The holy trinity of gumbo, Jambalaya and etouffee are all accounted for but – as our No. 1 rule of dining states: If you’re in a place with a particular food in its name, you must eat that food. In other words, get you some good fish, son. And don’t forget the hush puppies.

Monster Mash Burgers (Sevierville)

Located in a strip mall next to a TJ Maxx, Monster Mash is a burger joint that works a dark alchemy in the pursuit of the best burgers.

Like a plain ordinary burger, maybe a pickle, a slice of cheese? This isn’t the place for you.

Leaning into the Monster Mash theme, these are unholy amalgamations that seem wrong on the menu and oh so right on the plate.

My recommendation? Try the 14-lb Frankenstein for $50. It feeds 4-6 people but if two of you can take it down, along with bacon, chili, sausages, etc. and a bowl of fries in an hour, that sucker is free.

It’s fun for the whole family and at least two of the seven deadly sins right there at the table.

Preacher’s Smokehouse (Sevierville)

Located in what can accurately be called a shack and some kind of building beside it, Preacher’s is owned and operated by a man named Sam Steele, a pastor who opened a restaurant with his wife, Kathy.

This small hole in the wall is the kind of place you remember for the rest of your life and tell wistful stories about. Pork, chicken, burnt ends, brisket, it’s all good.

I recommend the three meat combo dish but, I mean, close your eyes and point at the chalkboard menu. You’re gonna get something good. The stew is awesome.

Tennessee Jed’s (Gatlinburg)

You had me at craft sandwiches.

Located between God’s World Religious Goods Store and a Claire’s Boutique, Tennessee Jed’s is likely the best place you’ll ever eat that directly abuts a Dollar General Store. There’s just something about a perfectly made sandwich.

I love a Rueben, a ham and Swiss, my favorite is probably the Cubano but there are no bad choices. Tennessee Jed’s also does some serious breakfast sandwiches.

If you’re in Gatlinburg and the line at the Pancake Pantry is too long, walk across the street and grab a coffee and a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich from Jed’s. And go ahead and try the brown butter mini cake for dessert.

Lil Black Bear Café (Pigeon Forge)

If you’re looking for something small, out of the way and delicious, you can’t do better than the Lil’ Black Bear Café.

Open from 8 am to 2 pm, the café does breakfast and lunch only. They offer soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as the best coffee. All of which are made to order.

The menu isn’t complicated but it doesn’t have to be. The sausage, egg and cheese sandwich on the breakfast menu is the food of the gods. And you could do a lot worse than the patty melt for lunch.

Excerps taken from an editorial on By John Gullion  


5 Restaurants in Sevierville That You Must Try

There is no shortage of restaurants in Sevierville


The Smoky Mountains boast a wide range of culinary offerings. No matter your idea of the perfect meal, you’re bound to find it in at least one of the region’s charming towns, each of which fills a different gastronomical niche. In Sevierville, you’ll be most impressed by the down-home cooking, with local eats taking on an enticing blend of Appalachian and Southern traditions. Restaurants here tend to operate at a slower pace than their busy Parkway counterparts in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. There’s plenty to love in both types of dining experiences, but if you’re looking for something a bit more leisurely and personal, you’ll definitely want to check out these top Sevierville restaurants:

Five Oaks Farm Kitchen

BBQ Sandwich with cole slaw

Five Oaks Farm Kitchen pays homage to local legends Dr. John and Blanche Ogle with generous portions of hearty Southern-style food. Hospitality is a big deal at this family-friendly restaurant, where every meal is served with a side of quality conversation. The restaurant encourages visitors to kick back and take a break from their hectic lives, even if only for an hour or two. Be sure to arrive with a big appetite; whether you order griddle cakes, chicken liver, or one of the restaurant’s famed smokehouse meals, you’ll leave with a full belly — and a huge smile on your face.

Holston’s Kitchen

Bringing the bistro experience to the heart of Sevierville, Holston’s Kitchen offers an affordable and accessible take on fine dining. This hip restaurant is a go-to for couples, who regard it as the ultimate date night destination. Trendy vibes are immediately evident when you set foot in the restaurant; brick walls and minimalist decor grant it a simple, yet sophisticated feel in keeping with today’s industrial chic ethos.

Primarily a steakhouse, Holston’s Kitchen serves a variety of dishes guaranteed to appeal to self-avowed carnivores. The restaurant’s juicy steaks are enticing, but so are the thick-cut burgers and house-smoked pork ribs. If you’re an early bird, feel free to stop by on Saturday morning for a delectable brunch accompanied by a refreshing Bloody Mary.

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

Fresh Salad at Apple Barn

Sevierville’s Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant boasts a long history in the Smoky Mountains, where it began as a family farm and eventually transformed into a family eatery. While the restaurant serves a variety of hearty meals, apples are clearly the centerpiece; every entree comes with a complimentary serving of apple fritters, apple butter, and Applewood’s signature julep. These alone could easily satisfy, but you’ll also want to sample home-style meals such as pot roast, country-fried steak, or chicken pot pie.

At Applewood, the atmosphere is just as important as the food — and you’ll find no shortage of charming ambiance. Enjoy your meal out on the porch, where you’ll appreciate the fresh air and the quaint view. Inside, rustic decor helps you feel relaxed and perfectly at ease as you sample the ultimate in fresh, Southern-style cooking.

Courthouse Donuts

Sevierville boasts its fair share of pleasant cafes, where you can start each morning off on a high note. Begin your day with a cup of coffee and a generous serving of sugary goodness at Courthouse Donuts, where every donut is personalized to fit your vision of the perfect dessert. The process is simple: choose an icing, a topping, and a sauce — or as Courthouse’s employees explain, “Dip it, top it, sauce it.” You’re also welcome to choose from the donut shop’s specialty selections, which include key lime pie, creamsicle, and peanut butter cup donuts. Stop by during the lunch hour for a fresh sandwich, accompanied by — you guessed it — a delectable donut. You’ll quickly discover the meaning behind the motto, “The taste is arresting.”

Elvira’s Cafe

Another Sevierville cafe worth checking out, Elvira’s injects a familiar concept with a touch of mountain appeal. Local ingredients dominate the menu, which includes such enticing dinner entrees as fried catfish, blackened trout, and prime rib. Earlier in the day, you can order specialty omelets and crepes for breakfast, or sandwiches and salads for lunch. No matter what you order, it will arrive looking, smelling, and tasting so fresh, it just might jump off the plate. The mountain air is just as fresh, as you’ll quickly discover if you enjoy your meal in the screened-in porch.

Whether your dream Sevierville dining experience involves a trendy bistro or a cute donut shop, you’ll have no trouble finding a place that serves up both fresh food and Southern hospitality. The essence of Sevierville is clearly on display at its delightful restaurants, so don’t hesitate to stop in for a satisfying and memorable meal.

Taken from blog