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
865-428-1222 option 3