Taste of Tennessee

If you’re really wanting to get a taste of what this state has to offer food wise, let us direct you to the aptly named Taste of Tennessee in Sevierville. It’s Tennessee country cooking at its finest with nothing left to the imagination.

We’re talking everything from fried chicken and catfish to creamed corn and fried okra. Appetizers include fried pickles, chicken wings, and breaded cauliflower to name a few. On down the menu, tasty fare like the black & bleu salad stick out along with sirloin and ribeye steaks, grilled salmon and shrimp, chicken parmesan, burgers, and various sandwiches like the hot roast beef are mixed in with the numerous southern staples Taste of Tennessee is known for.

To take on the old clique’, Taste of Tennessee makes dinner just like grandma used to make. It’s all made from scratch and with the freshest ingredients. Everything is served in a warm and inviting atmosphere by some of the best staff in the area. Taste of Tennessee is located just a short 15 minute drive from the attractions of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. If you’re looking for a place for a large family dinner and/or a great lunch, Taste of Tennessee is the spot in the Smokies for that down home taste.

Thinking about bringing in an organization, church group, or even planning a reception, Taste of Tennessee can accommodate your group. Taste of Tennessee also provides catering services for parties, their staff will do the work for you. With quality food and great service we promise that Taste of Tennessee will be your favorite restaurant in the Smokies.

Our Hours:
Thursday – Saturday 11am – 8:30pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm

Closed January and February.

Taste of Tennessee
2657 Newport Hwy
Sevierville, TN 37876

Holston’s Kitchen

Holston’s Kitchen in Sevierville has been open for only a few weeks, but it’s already made its mark in Sevierville. Situated on Dolly Parton Parkway across from Tennessee State Bank, it’s positioned on a brand new site to capture all those people who use Veteran’s to reach Dollywood.

This brand new upscale eatery features American fare with a splash of Tex-Mex and Irish if you count the Fish and Chips. Several half-pound burger variations including the newly-crafted Mexico City burger, as well as sandwiches like the smoked turkey club, Tennessee pulled pork, French dip and the Reuben highlighted the lunch and lighter side of the menu.

As for dinner dishes and entrees, grilled Hawaiian chicken jumps out at you from the start and on down the menu the Smoky Mountain Grill featuring a marinated chicken breast topped with bacon, barbecue sauce and Monterrey Jack cheese would make any mouth water. Back on the Tex-Mex side of things, the Margarita Grilled Chicken with its pineapple mango sauce, tortilla strips, and pico de gallo will surely get its share of orders in the near future.

Holston’s signature dishes included such favorites as country-fried steak, spare ribs, pork chops and open-face prime roast beef. And when it comes to steak choices, have your pick. From the filet to the 10-ounce sirloin to the 12-ounce rib-eye, you really can’t go wrong if you’re craving steak straight of the grill and marinated to perfection.

Now, don’t leave before you try something off the desert menu. The carrot cake, strawberry short cake, and mudd cake are all worth the wait. Next time you’re in Sevierville, or you find yourself with a little time before or after a trip to Dollywood, stop by and have a bite at Holston’s Kitchen in Sevierville.

Holston’s Kitchen
639 Dolly Parton Parkway
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Red Lobster

Over the years, there are a few places along the parkway in Sevierville that people are sure to stop, at least once, during a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. I mean, you can’t beat those cheddar biscuits they serve with each meal. That alone keep people coming back again and again.

These days, people flock over to the popular restaurant for such promotions as CrabFest – where 5 different crab inspired entrees are all under $20 a plate. We’re talking about things like snow crab & garlic shrimp, crab lover’s trio and the oh so popular crab & roasted garlic seafood bake.

As always, they feature their Maine Stays which are all under $15 and include such delicious plates as tilapia, bacon-wrapped shrimp, blue cheese sirloin, Caesar salad salmon, pork chops and much more. Tilapia and salmon are also found on the restaurant’s fresh catch list along with rainbow trout.

For dinner, a personal favorite is the ultimate feast which is served with lobster tail, North American snow crab legs, shrimp scampi and jumbo shrimp. Don’t forget about Red Lobster’s live Maine lobster and their rock lobster tail. We’d refer you to something, but it’s just too hard to pick one. You might just want to skip reading the rest of list and put your name on the waiting list for lunch or dinner.

Still here? Great, take a look at this special: Any of Red Lobster’s 4-course feast selections is just $15.99. What a deal! Choose from entrees featuring shrimp and scallops, tilapia, cajun chicken and others, then combine them with a soup, salad, and a desert. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Red Lobster’s Lighthouse menu features items, mostly half portions, for the more health conscious guests. And the kid’s menu features children’s portions of Red Lobster’s shrimp, crab, fish and chicken.

What are you wait for, come by Red Lobster today and dig in to some of the finest seafood offerings in the Smokies!

Red Lobster
Phone: (865) 774-7077

Sunday – Thursday: 11 am – 10 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm

The Shack Restaurant & Bar

So you just pulled off Interstate 40 heading to the Smokies but you’re starved and the big game’s about to start. What to do? Just a mile or so down the road on the left is The Shack Restaurant & Bar, located in the Food City Shopping center, is a great place to stop, watch game with friends and family, and have great meal all at the same time.

It’s a sports grill dedicated to food and fun, open Tuesday – Sunday from 3 pm till close, and just a few doors down from Food City.

So what the menu? Starting off you can’t go anywhere without glancing over the large selection of appetizers. From cheese sticks to nachos to chicken wings and fried green tomatoes, fried mushrooms, and fried pickles, there is something for everyone with an appetite at The Shack.

The Shack offers a full bar of adult beverages, beer, and wine as you move on down the menu. Some of the best sandwiches this side of the Smokies can be found at The Shack from gyros to fried fish, BLTs, barbequed pork, and The Shack’s own version of the popular monte cristo, sandwiches are literally falling off the menu. Philly Cheese Steaks, your choice of hamburgers, and hot dogs are also highlighted on the menu before making it to wraps and all the delicious entrees.

Speaking of entrees, chicken Parmesan, steak & shrimp, and fish & chips are just a few of the oh so scrumptious main courses offered at The Shack. Sit back, relax, enjoy your favorite drink and let your problems fade away next time you visit The Shack in Kodak, Tn. It’s a stop your stomach will thank you for.

The Shack
2946 Winfield Dunn Pkwy  
Kodak, TN 37764
(865) 465-3030

Sevierville Bistro 109 to Expand

A favorite Sevierville restaurant looks to be expanding to other Smoky Mountain towns. Bistro 109, located just off courthouse square in downtown Sevierville, is opening up at another location, this time in Maryville, Tn. According to the current owner, Dustin Trent Manning, the new locale with be part restaurant, part floral/design shop.

The former Tomato Head restaurant in downtown Maryville is marked for the new Bistro 109. Plans are for an early April opening if their state liquor license goes through. If not, then later in the summer.

The decision to open up a new place came about because of the number of Maryville customers Manning sees at both of his places, not just the restaurant.

“We have been delivering floral arrangements there (Maryville) for the last 5 years,” he said.

He also operates a design office in downtown Sevierville on Court Avenue. The restaurant and floral design shop first opened in that locations right across the street from the courthouse.

The old Tomato Head building in Maryville has 4,800 square feet to operate in and will have seating for about 150 people, both inside and outside on the patio. He said plans are for the new restaurant to employ around 40 people.

As far as the menu goes, it will be primarily the same one that people have ordered from at Bistro 109 in Sevierville, but there will be an espresso bar to order from.

New plans also call for a wine bar at the Maryville, TN locale. There will be a number of local as well as international wines to choose from. Currently, Bistro 109 in Sevierville offers 40-50 types of wine from vintage to recently bottles from locations around the world.

The interior of the Maryville store will have the same upscale ambiance as the Sevierville restaurant.

There will be a live pianist every night. “We’re looking at a baby grand at this time,” Manning said.

Healthy Balance Meals

Tired of the regular fast food choices offered up along Main Street and the Parkway? If you are, give Healthy Balance Meals a try and discover something new and good for you!

Now, we know what you’re thinking…. If it’s healthy, it can’t be that good. Wrong! To go along with appropriate portions, Healthy Balance Meals are delicious and they aren’t loaded down with preservatives and other additives that frankly most people don’t need. And, the food is also prepared just like if you were cooking it in your own kitchen.

Healthy Balance Meals’ menu consists of  lean cuts of meat, low fat cheeses, fiber rich carbohydrate sources as well as organic and locally grown produce. All the food is prepared and cooked by hand and consists only of fresh, healthy ingredients.

Perusing the menu, you’ll find your share of salads from buffalo chicken to taco salad, soups, sandwiches like the french dip and chicken pesto, paninis like the Italian panini and turkey pesto caprese, great burgers, wraps, make your own pizzas that are just to die for.

Have a group to feed for lunch? Call in your order and pick it up. Healthy Balance Meals can handle your box lunch needs as well as catering. Or, if you just want to take a large order home to your family, they can do that as well.

Healthy Balance Meals hours:  Monday-Friday – 10 am – 6 pm,  Saturday – 10 am – 2 pm, and Sundays they are closed.

Healthy Balance Meals
313 Court Ave.
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

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.

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