One of our favorite things to do when we travel is trying the local food!
There are several pancake houses to choose from around The Smokies, but our pick was Flapjack’s. Head there this fall for their Sticky Bun Pancakes. These cinnamon-swirled pancakes are blended with pecans and topped with cream cheese icing. There are tons of flavors of pure pancake perfection to choose from, so you cannot go wrong.
Regardless of when you visit, be sure to start with the Flapjack Fritters. Six fritters come to your table in a cute cast iron skillet, paired with cream cheese icing for dipping. My tip? Order two because you won’t want to share.
Dan and I opted for an omelet and the ham & eggs breakfast, both served with a stack of pancakes. The boys ate from the kid’s menu – chocolate chip pancakes with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Yum! We also saw several plates of the Jr Bear Cakes (bear smiley face pancakes with chocolate chip eyes and a chocolate smile) served to several other kiddos.
Flapjack’s restaurant serves breakfast (and a few sandwiches) from 8am – 1pm, with additional locations in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
APPLEWOOD FARMHOUSE RESTAURANT
You’re going to LOVE Applewood Farmhouse‘s apple fritters & apple butter dipping sauce. We just couldn’t get enough of them.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner include Southern-style home-cooked meals that help you quickly understand why this is one of Sevierville’s most beloved restaurants.
We visited for dinner one evening – it was delicious. The Oldtime Farmhouse Favorites come in at under $20 each and include soup, salad, two sides, and a dessert with your entree selection.
The fried chicken is by far the star of this restaurant, though we picked something different for this visit. Dan opted for meatloaf and I selected the pot roast – warming comfort food, for sure.
New on the menu? The Applewood Thick Cut Pork Chop ( A thick-cut Applewood Smoked Pork Chop grilled and topped with Apple Relish).
Broccoli soup…green beans … mashed potatoes…apple cobbler. It was so delicious and so filling!
This place is very family-friendly and I want to mention the kids’ menu. The boys had chicken and dumplings with mac-n-cheese…and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream for dessert, plus a drink for under $10.
The Farmhouse is more than 100 years old, with some original floors and decor still visible in the dining rooms. It makes for a wonderful, cozy dining experience.
Most folks opt to each dinner at the Farmhouse, like we did. While it is also open for breakfast and lunch….you can also try the newest eatery in the Village…Farmhouse Grill, with pastas, salads and sandwiches.
Graze Burgers is the ideal option for those heading downtown for a snap with the Dolly statue or the butterfly mural.
These grass-fed burgers are sensational and served on a local brioche roll with fries or onion rings.
While the boys selected a classic burger, Dan’s pick included Cajun spices, bacon, aged bleu cheese fondue, bourbon caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms.
I picked burger toppings that were a little more Southern: Pimento cheese, bacon jam, bourbon caramelized onions, and veggies. You can also choose a non-traditional patty… ground turkey, bison, lamb, veggies, or salmon (though burgers are the specialty.)
Check the website for info abut live music during the summer.
FIVE OAKS FARM KITCHEN
Five Oaks Farm Kitchen carries on the legacy and lore of Dr. John – traveling doctor to families in Sevierville since the 1920s.
For dinner, the farm table options are popular (fried chicken, pot pie, meatloaf, and more), but we love the Smoke House offerings. Choose from chicken, pork ribs or prime rib, or the pulled pork plate, which includes hickory smoked pork butt on freshly baked bread. The kitchen serves it with coleslaw, potato salad, and corn on the cob. Delish!
Chubby’s is the type of place your grandparents used to take you to. Simple but good food in a laid-back atmosphere. This small, family-owned business is a staple in Sevierville. For breakfast, there are several options from pancakes to biscuits and gravy. For lunch, try the famous Chubby Burger, a thick hand-patted burger with all the fixings!
BIG DADDY’S PIZZERIA
We loved Big Daddy’s pie, cooked in a 550-degree pizza oven. Our oldest said the sauce was the best pizza sauce he had ever eaten, and the youngest loved that he could get bacon on his pie.
TONY GORE’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN BBQ & GRILL
We didn’t have time to stop here, but we wanted to include them because Tony’s won “Best ribs in the Smokies” – and we love ribs! They consistently get great reviews and offer outdoor seating, also. And the prices are pretty reasonable!
They also have live music on select occasions!
ENGLISH MOUNTAIN TROUT FARM
English Mountain offers a couple of options. You have the “You hook em’ We cook ’em'” option, where they will cook the fish you catch! The options are Blackened, Lemon Peppered, or Fried.
They provide all fishing bait and poles to get you going. Their pond attendants will take all your fish off the line for you, as well as bait your hook! I mean if that’s not full service I don’t know what is?
You also can catch your fish to go at market price per pound!
Or, for those who aren’t in it for the fishing, you can simply order off their menu and you’ll be guaranteed to be presented with the freshest fish you’ve ever eaten!
HEALTHY BALANCE MEALS
If you want to order some sandwiches for a picnic on a hike, or order a home-crafted meal to bring back to you cabin and warm in the over, this restaurant is where to go.
Salads, sandwiches, paninis…all great to pack for your hike or for a spectacular picnic at Cades Cove.
Cook-at-the-cabin options include Mexican or Italian options…or Southern staples like meatloaf, chicken pot pie, or pulled BBQ pork.
THE WILDFLOUR BAKEHOUSE
If you need a quick, delicious meal, stop at WildFlour. Sandwiches (like chicken salad) and sweet treats (like oatmeal cookies) will make everyone happy, especially after a day of hiking and exploring. It’s also a favorite because of the variety of keto options!
The photos might look simple, but the tastes here are explosive!
MORE INFORMATON FOR YOUR TRIP TO TENNESSEE
- YOUR TENNESSEE VACATION
- ALL THINGS TENNESSEE: 36 Things To Do In Tennessee Everyone Will Love
- SEVIERVILLE: 13 Unique Experiences & Things To Do
- GATLINBURG: 33+ Essential Things To Do In Gatlinburg For The Entire Family
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