Chinese Buffet, Sushi Buffet & Hibachi Grill

One question you will hear people when they first move to town is:  “Where is the best Chinese food?” Well, there is certainly one place that tops that list:  Sakura.

Sakura is located right after you make the turn out of Sevierville proper.  This turn puts you on the Parkway in Sevierville and at this point you are headed toward Pigeon Forge.  You don’t have to go very far.  Sakura, is located across the Parkway from the shopping center that contains Outback Steakhouse and Belk.  Go up past the traffic light in front of Popeye’s and then turn back down to Sakura.  Hopefully you brought your appetite and a love for Asian cuisine because you are in for a great meal.

Sakura has basically three different buffets all for one price under one roof:

  • Chinese Buffet – This buffet has all of the typical things that you see at a Chinese buffet.  Sesame chicken, General Sao’s chicken, broccoli beef.. all of the staples and of course somethings that you don’t see everywhere:  stuffed mussels, frog legs, coconut shrimp and at lunch, peanut chicken which, if you haven’t had you need to try.
  • Sushi Buffet – If you love sushi then this is the place for you.  They keep the sushi coming and they make it fresh.  The sushi moves fast enough that you won’t end up with a piece that has been sitting there for a long time.  From the normal rolls like the California Roll to the more complex and the tempura rolls there is sushi to fit every taste and it is all done with flare, style and speed.
  • Hibachi Grill – If you have ever been to a hibachi grill style restaurant but really wished you could pick what they cooked for you, then you have found a new favorite place to eat.  You pick the raw, uncooked ingredients, put it on a plate and hand it to the chef.  The chef then cooks it to your taste, using the right amount of sauce and the right amount of heat to meet your taste.  You are left with an amazing meal that will fill you up and probably have you coming back for seconds or maybe even thirds.
Sakura is a local hangout and sometimes weekly visit for those people that live here that love Asian style food.  For the tourist that is looking for the place where the locals tie on the feed bag, this is the place to end up.  They even have specials during thr week (usually Wednesday and Sunday night) so that you can eat for a little less – of course, the locals know this as well so you can expect a crowd.

Sakura Japanese Buffet
624 Parkway
Sevierville, TN

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant is a great place for good, southern cooking in the Great Smoky Mountains and Sevierville, TN.

Like most people who come to the Smokies every year, you start to come up with a list of places you want to visit, stops you want to make, etc, when you’re back in the area. As you’re traveling to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, passing through Sevierville, many people make the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant their first stop once they hit town. Over the years, Applewood has become a popular stop for breakfast, lunch and dinner for thousands of people vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Located in a turn-of-the-last-century farmhouse, you’ll find some of the best Smoky Mountain fare at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant.  With the wait staff in period dress, the Applewood staff serves down-home southern cooking, family style, in the traditional way with lots of fixins’ and plenty of flavor.

The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant isn’t tough to locate.  Before you get to the bridge at traffic light #0 in Pigeon forge (this is the city limit) you’ll pass Wendy’s and a Walgreens. That’s right, you didn’t read that wrong, I did say traffic light #0. Take a right on Apple Valley Road directly after Walgreens.  Follow that road and Applewood is the last building in the Applewood complex on the right. It’s a hard place to miss. Just look for the giant white farmhouse with a parking lot full of cars in front of it.

At one time, this was the only road to Gatlinburg. During those days, another farmhouse stood there. Following a fire that burned down the original structure, a six bedroom house was built on the site in 1921.  This 6 room farmhouse still houses the restaurant and has seen a number of additions over the years as the business has grown. Still, you’ll feel like the years haven’t yet passed as the wait staff continue to dress as they would in the early 1900s. It’s pioneer dress throughout the whole restaurant as food and drinks are delivered to each table.

When you’re talking about restaurants, obviously you’re talking about food and Applewood has some of the best home cooking in the Smokies. At the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant it’s a menu full of family favorites. Every meal starts out with a serving of fritters and the Applewood Julep. With a hint of cinnamon and a touch of apple the fritters are a great addition to each and every meal. Each batch is served piping hot and ready to dip in homemade apple butter. The Applewood Julep is a refreshing drink everyone will love. If you’re there for breakfast you’ll find the following: pancakes, waffles, country ham and red eye gravy, and pork chops. Lunch and dinner the choices make the mouth water even more: chicken pot pie, meatloaf, beef liver and onions, fried chicken, pot roast, trout cakes, and much more. Whatever you choose, the offering will leaving you talking about your experience for weeks and months to come.

Next time you’re in the Smokies, make breakfast, lunch, or dinner plans at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. Just picture yourself eating apple fritters and some of your favorite home-cooked foods against the back drop of the Smoky Mountains – it’s the beginnings of a perfect family vacation.

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
240 Apple Valley Rd
Sevierville, TN
865-428-1222 option 3

Apple Valley Creamery

The Apple Valley Creamery in Sevierville doesn’t claim to make homemade ice cream, but they will tell you that their ice cream is as close to homemade as you’ll find. For the past 11 years, they’ve been making some of the finest deserts in the Smoky Mountain area and they’ve even doubled up with a great bakery.

The demand for the Creamery’s icy products has steadily increased over the years with the addition of the Apple Barn, Applewood Restaurant, and several other local restaurants continuously depending on the Creamery to provide them with delicious ice cream. Right now, the creamery is producing anywhere from 700 to 1,000 gallons of ice cream per week during the spring summer seasons and offer 40 different varieties of ice cream from Smoky Mountain Fudge to French Vanilla Bean. This not only takes care of their parlor but other restaurants ice cream distributors around the Smokies area.

If you’re looking to start your own little ice cream making venture, the Apple Valley Creamery has the goods to get you started and on your way. They have a great selection of Amish and White Mountain Country freezers from which to purchase.

As for the Apple Valley Creamery’s bakery, they make everything from delicious fresh baked bread to cookies, brownies, and apple cobbler. They make 30,000 loaves of bread per year to compensate for their ever-growing demand, and each loaf is made from scratch with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. A few of their best selling varieties include Apple Cinnamon, Apple Coffee Cake and seasonal favorites like Apple Pumpkin Pecan. Guests can even sample the bread before they buy, just to make sure it’s good. But trust us, it is!

Apple Valley Creamery
230 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862
Phone (865) 429-4113
Fax (865) 774-4286

Joe’s Crab Shack

Earlier this year, Sevierville really ingratiated itself to seafood lovers with the opening of Joe’s Crab Shack at the Tanger Five Oaks outlet mall. The popular seafood palace is located right on parkway and judging by the people flowing the establishment seems to be doing fairly well so far.

It’s no wonder with the seafood offerings at Joes, from steamed crab legs to buckets of shrimp, there’s something for the beach lover in all of us. Looking at the menu, the buckets of crab stand out at first with selections that include snow daddy, lobster feast, dungeness crab, king crab, and the crab daddy feast. In all reality, each is a feast in and of itself. And it’s some of the best crab you’re bound to find in the Smoky Mountains.

Shrimp platters abound along with your choice in fish from mahi-mahi to salmon to blackened tilapia and snapper. Want some of the old steady like crab cakes, steak and shrimp, or even crawfish? Joe’s has all of those too. And there are a few steak and chicken meals as well for those land lovers who want to tag along.

If you’re looking for something to get you started before delving into the big menu, let us suggest the mussels, calamari, or crab stuffed mushrooms. They’re a meal by themselves for some of us.

For those who choose to stop by for lunch, Joe’s has a few sandwiches that are worth noting including the crab cake sandwich and the surf ‘n turf sandwich. Both are served on a brioche bun and are more than a mouthful.

Just because they’re a seafood place, don’t think they don’t have great deserts to go along with your sea-faring meal. Whether it’s the crabby apple crumble, sea turtle sundae, key lime pie, big cheesecake, or chocolate stack attack, you’ll leave Joe’s Crab Shack with a full stomach and a giant smile on your face. Come to Joe’s, grab a drink and feel like you just stepped out of the sand into a great little seafood shack.

Joe’s Crab Shack
1605 Parkway
Sevierville, TN 37862
(865) 774-3023

Sevierville Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

A number of Sevierville restaurants will maintain operating hours on Thanksgiving Day.

There are plenty of options in and around Sevierville on Thanksgiving day if a big spread at home isn’t to your liking, or you just want to get out of the house for a while. A number of local restaurants will open Thanksgiving Day in Sevierville, some taking reservations for parties larger than your normal dining crowd. Here is a list of local establishments and their operating hours Thursday, November 22:

  • Applewood Grill (865) 429-8644 Reservations Only
  • Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant (865) 428-1222
  • Big Daddy’s Pizzeria (865) 908-1123 11AM-9PM
  • Bistro 109
  • Corky’s (865) 453-7427/436-8972 11AM-Close
  • Damon’s Grill (865) 428-5297 11AM-6PM
  • Flapjack’s – Sevierville (865) 774-5374 7AM-Noon, Hwy 66 (865) 932-3598, Pigeon Forge (865) 908-6115, Gatlinburg (865) 430-3966, Gatlinburg (865) 436-2387, Gatlinburg (865) 436-6473
  • Golden Corral – Sevierville (865) 453-8859 11AM-7PM, Pigeon Forge (865) 453-1827
  • Happy Jack’s BBQ (865) 365-1511 9AM-Noon
  • IHOP (865) 429-3925 6AM-2PM
  • Mr. Gatti’s (865) 428-8817 4PM-10PM
  • Shoney’s ( 865) 690-6331
  • TGI Friday’s – Sevierville (865) 774-8004 4-10PM, Pigeon Forge (865) 453-1750, Gatlinburg (865) 436-8443
  • The Diner (865) 908-1904 11:30AM-5PM
  • The Farmer’s Table (865) 453-5519
  • The Roaming Gnome Pub (865) 774-3336

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Sevierville over the Thanksgiving holiday, check out our listing of luxury Sevierville cabins. Sevierville is also a great place for local festivals and events, whether it be Winterfest or the annual Christmas Parade, we’ve got the dates and times here. Also, check out the latest Pigeon Forge Calendar of Events for fun things happening just down the Parkway.

Rib Shack

Great Ribs… No Bones About It!

The Rib ShackThe Rib Shack is one of those off the beaten path, hidden secrets that the locals don’t want you to find out about.  Located at the end of Upper Middle Creek Road, you can see the Rib Shack from the Parking Lot of Dunn’s Market.  Boasting the best BBQ in the county, the rib shack has amazing food in a down home atmosphere.

The Rib Shack is not as hard to find as you might think.  Let’s assume that you are headed down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge towards Gatlinburg.  Take a left at traffic light number 8 and head up the hill as if you were going to Dollywood.  When you get to the traffic light at the top of the hill, turn right onto Dollywood Lane.  Follow Dollywood until it turns into Upper Middle Creek and then continue down this road until it dead ends.  You are now at the intersection of Upper Middle Creek and Birds Creek.  Dunn’s Market will be on your right.  Turn left and take the first right turn that you can take, onto Pittman Center Road.  The Rib Shack is just on your left.

A Few things you need to know about the Rib Shack.  Number one, there is no inside dining room.  You sit in a separate room from the kitchen.  It is screened in with fans so it can get a little warm in the summer but the windows close and it is heated so it is nice and toasty in the winter months.  Also, they do not take credit or debit cards so you will need to bring some cash.  Now for the food.

They do have some of the best BBQ that you will run across on the Tennessee side of the Smoky Mountains.  ALl the foood at the Rib Shack is fresh and wonderful but face it, you are going there for the BBQ and you are not going to be disappointed.  Their menu is not huge and fancy:  a chicken dinner, a pork dinner, a rib dinner and a pulled pork bbq sandwich.  Ste to the window, choose your favorite meat and place your order.  Wait on the porch for your food, pull all the smells into your nose – the smells at the Rib Shack are truly part of the eating experience.  When your food hits the counter, take the time to walk to the dining room before you a start eating, you are going to have to struggle to keep from eating it right at the counter.  When you sit down, you are ready for one of the best bbq meals ever.  Tender, seasoned, and ready to covered with their signature sauce.  Your mouth is going to be watering before your rear end hits the seat.

Get out of the ordinary.  Try something a little different.  Eat where the locals eat.  Try the Rib Shack.

The Rib Shack
Pittman Center Road
Sevierville, TN

Clint’s BBQ & Country Cookin’

Clint’s BBQ & Country Cookin’ is home to some of the finest barbeque in the Smokies. They also feature live bluegrass at night while you eat.

Barbeque and karaoke, they go together like, well…. I guess they go together like most anything they serve at Clint’s BBQ & Country Cookin’ in Sevierville. Most nights you’ll find someone on stage singin’ and pickin’ bluegrass at Clint’s, but while singing and a bit of dancing always draw in a crowd, it’s the southern cookin’ that brings people back.

Clint’s starts out each week wit their daily lunch specials (served with two sides) – Monday, it’s catfish and chicken & dumplins, Tuesday it’s hamburger steak or smoked ham, Wednesday it’s chicken & dumplins or smoked turkey, Thursday it’s chicken fried chicken or pork loin, Friday it’s meatloaf or hamburger steak, Saturday it’s country fried steak or chicken fried chicken, and Sunday its roast beef, chicken & dumplins, or meatloaf. Now, if that doesn’t get your mouth watering, we can’t help you.

Looking at the menu, Clint’s also has a number of lunch sandwiches which are sure to please those of us who don’t have all the time in the world every day for lunch. The catfish sandwich is mighty good as are the philly steak, french dip roast beef, pork loin, and grilled reuben sandwiches. There are also a few burgers to choose from, Clint’s delicious patty melt, and Clint’s grilled jumbo hot dog – another favorite.

Dinner entrees feature all the barbeque pork and chicken you can handle along side a list of sides from french fries to fried okra to taters & onions. Catfish, chicken in a couple varieties, and shrimp can also be found on the dinner menu, and the prime rib you’re really hungry is a weekend favorite around here. It’s served up to your specifications, or just the way you like it. Want to mix it up? Try the BBQ sample platter – ribs, chicken, pork, turkey, whatever you like, but just three.

At Clint’s, deserts are made daily so you don’t have to worry if they’ve been sitting on the counter-top or in someone’s freezer for a while. You’ll spot or smell cobblers, pies, cookies, pastries, and cakes once you walk in the door. You won’t stop thinking about those deserts till you order one, so there’s no need to even say you don’t need it. Everyone needs a little desert sometime and they’re all oh, so good.

You can even get everything you need for your tailgate or next big party/event at Clint’s. They offer tailgate sizes of pulled pork and chicken, sliced turkey and ham, and half and whole racks of ribs, as well as sides of slaw, potato salad, and baked beans. Don’t go anywhere else if you’re planning a party, or for that matter don’t go any place else if you’re hungry. Go to Clint’s BBQ & Country Cookin’ in Sevierville and eat your hungers away.

CLINT’S BBQ and Country Cooking
2334 Newport Highway
Sevierville, TN 37876

Tony Gore’s BBQ

Tony Gore has been making delicious BBQ at his restaurant in Sevierville since 2006 and he’s still going strong.

Tony Gore is a dual threat. His voice got him started and he’s pretty well-know gospel singer, but it’s his barbeque that has made him famous…. At least around here. Gore opened his Sevierville BBQ joint in 2006 and he’s been cookin’ up some of the finest pork in the Smokies ever since.

The restaurant has drawn rave reviews from many including such national publications as Southern Living as a place to stop in the Smoky Mountains. Gore’s specialty are the recipes maintained through classic southern cooking, primarily BBQ.

Gore’s barbecue is notably supple, mild, and sweet with just a hint of good ole smoky smell that gets diners right in the nose the minute they pull into the parking lot. And don’t let anyone tell you not to put any sauce on that pork! Gore’s sauce is the tangy, spicy, sweet goodness that just sets off a pig and makes mouths water in delight. To put it simply, the meat is good, but the sauce makes it even better. Pour it on and don’t listen to anyone.

Stopping by for dinner? Don’t worry about leaving Tony’s place hungry, the portions are absolutely enormous, and oh so good. The sides don’t slouch either, though you might when you leave. Just remember to loosen up that belt a bit. Tony Gore’s Smoky Mountain BBG & Grill has a saying and it’s plastered everywhere: “Never Trust a Thin Cook.” When you look at your plate, thin never made it to the kitchen.

Still, if you’re looking to save a bit of money, or cut down on your portion size, you do have some options. Try brisket and pork on the restaurant’s three mini burgers, in which you can mix and match pork and brisket. This will cut down on trying heaping helpings of both and save you a bit of cash at the same time.

When it comes to southern cooking and the art of Barbeque, Tony Gore is a name to remember in Sevierville. It’s the perfect stop just before you enter the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to fill up on some tasty BBQ pork and brisket.

Top 10 Sevierville Restaurants

Top 10 Sevierville Restaurants from the Rib Shack off Pittman Center Road to Applewood Farmhouse off the Parkway, Sevierville’s great for eating.

With all the fantastic restaurants in the Smoky Mountain region, sometimes picking one can be as easy as shaking them all up in a jar and seeing which one falls out. Sevierville is no exception. While there are a number of great choices, our pick for No. 1 is also our pick for the best BBQ in the entire area as well. But this is not an end all list, there are numerous restaurants that open every year in the area so if you think we might have missed one, drop us a line.

Sevierville’s top restaurants stretch all the way into the county with great food being found no matter where you find yourself in town. Anyways, enough meandering about geography, let’s get on with the eats.

Our list of the Top 10 Restaurants in Sevierville:

  1. The Rib Shack – Located off of Pittman Center Road in Sevier County, this wooden shack serves up the BEST barbeque brisket in the area. You want to eat somewhere that you’ll tell stories about and have you seeking out the next time you’re in Sevierville, well the Rib Shack is the place. They also feature Barbeque chicken and pork, but the brisket is edibly inspiring.
  2. Bistro 109 – This fine dining establishment located in the heart of downtown Sevierville features a number of locally grown and organic dishes as well as a beautiful wine bar with numerous selections to choose from. Stop by for lunch and order a sandwich or lunch portion with sweet potato fries or experience one of their revolving specials.
  3. Applewood Farmhouse – Start off each meal with an apple fritter and pick from a menu consisting of country favorites. Fritters as well as an Apple Julep and apple butter are served with each meal. Her, you’ll feel like you’re sitting at your grandmother’s table again with all the old country smells and tastes you enjoyed as a child.
  4. Tony Gore’s BBQ – Another great barbeque place that has been featured in numerous publications as one of the best in the Smokies and Tennessee. Come for lunch and try their BBQ pork sandwich or chicken. You can’t go wrong with barbeque at Tony Gore’s, just bring your appetite.
  5. Gondolier – This Italian eatery features some of best southern European delights including gyros, numerous pasta dishes, calzones, and pizzas. Each is served with fresh baked bread sticks and marinara sauce. If it’s Italian you’re craving, stop by Gondolier for a bite. Continue reading “Top 10 Sevierville Restaurants”

Del’s Pizza in Kodak

Del’s Pizza in Kodak, Tn is some of the best authentic Italian pizza in the Smokies.

If you’re like most people around here, you love pizza. There is so much pizza love in the area, that besides the big chains, you can probably find around a dozen local establishments that serve their own brand of pizza as well. If you’re looking for some great local pizza let us suggest Del’s Pizza in Kodak, Tn.

Del’s is a sit-down restaurant where you can order take-out or just wait for your pie while it bakes in the oven. And it’s not just pizza pies either. You can choose from hot baked subs, cold cut subs, pitas, calzones, hot dogs, pastas, and salads off their menu. It’s a wonderful Italian eating experience. If you’re asking us, you really can’t go wrong with any of the specialty pizzas. Our favorite is the Chicken Ranch. Others include meat lovers, veggie lovers, Hawaiian, pepperoni lovers, Philly steak, and Del’s (All the way) – which includes pretty much all the meat you can cram on one pizza.

Their hot Italian subs are extremely tasty in their own right. If you like fresh baked bread and some of the finest in Italian meats, stick to this category. Del’s menu consists of such Italian favorites as Chicago Italian beef, Italian beef marinara, meatball parmesan, eggplant parmesan, chicken parmesan, and sausage parmesan. And as far as hot dogs go, it’s hard to beat Del’s selection – the Chicago Style with mustard, relish, freshly chopped onions, sliced red ripe tomatoes, a Kosher pickle and peppers piled into a poppy seed bun, the New Yorker, the Texan, the Tennessean with chili, cole slaw and a Kosher pickle all on a poppy seed bun, and the Wisconsin.

Del’s also has a great set of side items that can also double as a meal in some cases, starting with buffalo wings. Order 12 buffalo wings in either mild, hot, honey mustard or BBQ. You can also choose from garlic knots, cinnamon sticks, bread sticks, and cheese bread. Whatever you choose, you won’t come back hungry that’s for sure.

The next time you’re in Kodak, don’t just blow by on your way to get to I-40, or the Smokies, stop by Del’s and get an authentic Italian pizza pie and stay awhile.

Del’s Pizza
2946 Winfield Dunn Parkway Suite 110 (Bryan Crossing)
Kodak, TN 37764-4309
(865) 933-0900