(UPDATED AUGUST 2022) Before I visited Sevierville, I had drooled over Instagram photos of the tantalizing breakfasts, honkin’ big dinners, and mouth-watering snacks. In the sense of research, I enjoyed a meal from each restaurant mentioned below. Sevierville has some darned tasty eats; I can see why people plan their vacations around restaurants. Here are the best restaurants in Sevierville, Tennessee, and what you might want to order at each one.
A newer restaurant that is kicking butt and taking names is Seasons 101, a culinary experience you won’t soon forget. From the moment my husband, friend, and I walked in the door until we left, we felt welcome, wanted, and appreciated as consumers.
We ordered a craft cocktail (blackberry jalapeño margarita) and the Baked Brie En Croute appetizer to start our evening. The presentation made us swoon, and the taste was as good as it looked. Complimentary hummus butter with freshly baked breadsticks was also a real treat.
Next came the main course. Seasons 101’s menu is so tempting and irresistible, so it’s hard to narrow down a choice. My husband had the Wild Alaskan Salmon, with goat cheese and a bruschetta tomato topping, and loved every bite. I chose an Original Iceberg Wedge salad with bleu cheese dressing and crumbles, crisp bacon, a balsamic reduction, red onions, and tomatoes.
It was so delicious, and I had forgotten how much I loved this retro dish. I couldn’t pass up the Roasted Corn Bisque with ginger and jalapeño and would gladly have it again.
Be sure to save room for dessert—gourmet desserts sure to satisfy. I had the Key Lime Pie (minus coconut), which was phenomenal. And when someone from South Florida says that, it is a big claim. Our evening at Seasons 101 was exceptional in every way, and I am so happy that Sevierville has a restaurant of these epic proportions.
Flapjacks Pancake Cabin
Flapjacks Pancake Cabin is the best place for breakfast in Sevierville and all of the Great Smoky Mountains. There are six locations, and Sevierville was the first, founded in 2001. If you feel like indulging in a place where pancakes are king and oh-so-delicious, you may want to try the Sticky Bun or Reese’s Peanut Butter Pancakes. The Biscuits and gravy are the perfect comfort food breakfast.
Healthier options include egg-white omelets, granola with berries, or multi-grain waffles, or you meet in the middle with a campfire skillet breakfast, Huevos Rancheros, or Smothered Chicken Biscuit breakfast. My dish was the Veggie Omelet with spinach, mushrooms, Cheddar cheese, peppers, and onions. Between you and me, it was my favorite meal in Sevierville.
Monster Mash Burgers
Monster Mash Burgers is a Sevierville eatery with a classic monster movie theme known for delicious craft burgers, macaroni & Cheese, and hotdogs. To design your own burger (ground in-house daily with short rib, brisket, and chuck) or dog, choose from the 100+ ingredient menu or try one of the already well-thought creations.
I love Monster Mash’s interesting side items, such as fried onion strings, fried pickles, bacon queso fries, and bison chili. The macaroni and cheese bowls are other tasty items at Monster Mash Burgers, including Wolfman BBQ Pork Mac with pulled pork, prosciutto, pork belly, pancetta, fried onions, bbq sauce, and a trio of cheeses. OMG, it is so good!
One of Sevierville’s hottest restaurants is The Appalachian, an upscale farm-to-fork restaurant. It sits in one of the best spots in historic downtown, offering great views of the young Dolly at Red’s Cafe mural.
I liked that Appalachian’s menu lists the local products they serve and where they are from. This appears to be a testament to their commitment to buying and sourcing locally. While the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous and even has an outdoor patio, the complimentary cast-iron skillet cornbread is the star of the show at this local eatery.
Made from ancient grains and topped with lip-smacking good butter, this cornbread is to die for, and I do not use that phrase lightly. Appetizer options include herbed goat cheese, buffalo frog legs, and fried green tomatoes. On my visit, I wasn’t hungry enough for all that, so I chose the Appalachian Burger with house bacon and pickles, crispy onions, American cheese, and what they call fancy sauce. It was a really good burger, served with French fries.
My husband chose the Shrimp and Grits, with house andouille sausage and fermented peppers. The plate was picture perfect, and the flavors married well together. Remember that the menu changes weekly or at least very frequently due to product availability. Save room for dessert; I can vouch for the deliciousness of the Caramel Apple Pound Cake.
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
Perhaps the most visited attraction in Sevierville is the Apple Barn Village, with restaurants, shopping, and experiences to please everyone in the family. One of the restaurants is the Applewood Farmhouse, proudly serving home-style Southern fare in a charming setting.
The most desired items at Applewood Farmhouse are the complimentary apple fritters and apple muffins. They come with a little side of darned tasty homemade apple butter and are like a little bite of heaven. On my last visit, we also had an apple julep fruit drink to enjoy.
I liked having breakfast at Applewood Farmhouse and couldn’t believe the amount of food that comes with every meal. I chose the two-egg farmhouse special with fried potatoes, grits, sausage gravy, cinnamon apples, and a Southern-style biscuit. If you are a fan of breakfast meats, you’ll have to try Applewood Farmhouse’s sausage patties. They are yummy.
Other breakfast items include buttermilk (or chocolate chip) pancakes, Banana Foster waffle, quiche, breakfast skillet, Benedict, and a Smokehouse Sample with pork loin, sausage, and bacon.
Holston’s Kitchen is one of the tastiest local dining hotspots in Sevierville, a modern design concept with a classic yet casual steakhouse ambiance. Start your dining experience with Fried Green Tomatoes or Baked Pimento Cheese–both Southern classics. Entrées include sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, fajitas, hand-cut steaks, chicken, and more. The side dish menu alone contains nearly 20 selections!
My husband raved about Holston’s Citrus Chicken Salad with mandarin oranges, Granny Smith apples, almonds, Craisins, and golden raisins. The lemon vinaigrette paired nicely with this refreshing dish. I chose the Buffaloed Cauliflower (tempura battered) and a side of creamy Mac and cheese.
On another visit to Holston’s, I had the Grilled Chicken Fajitas, which were spot on. The chicken was juicy and flavorful; everything I needed to jazz up my meal was included. Save room for the irresistible Strawberry Shortcake or Big Orange Soak Cake, both with Instagram-worthy presentations.
Fort Worth Texas Kitchen
Another new dining option in Sevierville, Tennessee, is Fort Worth Texas Kitchen, another eatery owned by the KBS Restaurant Group, serving Tex Mex favorites, BBQ, and grilled steaks and chops. The trio of dips in the Texas Tango was calling my name. The platter included:
- Chile con queso
- House guacamole
- Warm salsa with avocado cream
- Plenty of warm corn tortillas for dipping
I chose a bowl of Pozole for my main course, which was super hearty and full of pork chunks and hominy. I liked the fresh radish sliced and smoked green cabbage across the top, adding a nice crunch to the thick stew. This dish was $5.95 and certainly filling enough for a main course if you are looking for something on the cheaper side that doesn’t skimp on flavor.
Eddie chose Chicken Fajitas, served in a cast-iron skillet with all the fixings. They were really good and plentiful. We tried hard to save room for Texas Style Chocolate Sheet Cake but were way too full. I hope you can tell me all about it after your visit.
Graze Burgers is a fun and trendy place to eat in downtown Sevierville. They are known for all-natural grass-fed, locally sourced beef burgers and killer salads. I loved Graze Burgers’ ambiance, especially the spiked adult shakes.
Tasty lunch choices are the Strawberry Walnut Salad (with strawberry vinaigrette), Late Night Big Dawg (for those with a hearty appetite), and the Southern Jam Burger (Bourbon caramelized onions, pimento cheese, and bacon jam), which I tried. You can choose to have your burger on a brioche bun or fresh greens, an option I always appreciate.
Graze Burgers also serves handcrafted cocktails, tap and bottled beer, bourbons, and whiskeys. One of my friends had the decadent and wonderful chocolate dessert, which our whole table was drooling over.
East TN Billiards
Sevierville is full of new places to eat, and East TN Billiards is one of them. This family-friendly fun spot has elevated bar food, including a great flatbread menu, plus sandwiches, sliders, nachos, salads, and appetizers. Then there are the daily specials, like the Poutine that I had. It was full of flavor and very filling.
You can shoot pool, play other games at East TN Billiards, or come out for the excellent live music line-up. Karaoke is another big draw. It is my first time seeing this family-friendly pool hall concept, and I must admit I liked it a lot.
Learn more about the best things to do on your Sevierville visit in this post.
The Diner is a locally-owned 1950s silver retro joint with great burgers, shakes, and music on the jukebox. I wanted everything on the menu but narrowed it down to the Chicken Philly with onions, peppers, and cheese. It was filling and quite delicious. Make sure to try the homemade vegetable soup; it is worth ordering.
Not only are all of your favorite classic menu items offered at The Diner, but also your favorite Southern dishes such as fried catfish, chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, and country fried steak. Burger creations range from basic to extraordinary, with many choices in between. Elk and bison burgers are also featured.
Want to skip the meat altogether? Make your own plate with various side items, including green beans, cottage cheese, turnip greens, coleslaw, fried okra, corn, mashed potatoes, or macaroni & cheese.
Five Oaks Farm Kitchen
Come hungry for breakfast, lunch, or supper at Five Oaks Farm Kitchen, a culinary delight with farm-to-table classics and BBQ cuisine. Even the salads at Five Oaks look amazing, especially the Cornbread (pinto beans, red onion, cucumber, grape tomatoes) and Co-op (pecan smoked bacon, boiled eggs, pickled beets, and okra). You also get a complimentary serving of Five Oaks’ potato soup, which is really tasty.
I had difficulty deciding here, with so many palate-pleasing options, but I went with the Pulled Pork Plate with three customized sides. They were deviled eggs, turnip greens, and corn-on-the-cob, served in an adorable little cast iron dish. It made for a beautiful photo.
Five Oaks’ iced tea is magnificent, and you’ll want to save room for the Window Sill Cobbler or Banana Pudding desserts.
Food, Glorious Food
You can see there is no shortage of good food in Sevierville from the pictures alone. My list of the best restaurants in Sevierville involved taking one for the team to sample each restaurant to report back to you. You can sense my dedication here, right?
Come hungry to Sevierville, Tennessee, a place your whole family will love.
You can learn more about Sevierville, Tennessee by visiting the tourism board website. Some of my meals were comped as a part of a familiarization trip to learn about the area. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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