Within sight of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Parkway introduces tourists to a seemingly homogenized scene. But, dig a little deeper and you’ll find the quaint town of Sevierville where the great Dolly Parton was born and raised. Check out the Dolly statue right outside the courthouse, the butterfly mural begging for an Instagram-worthy pose, and the Red’s Diner mural commemorating the first burger Parton ever ate. Dotting her hometown, you’ll also find a host of culinary stops, perhaps legends in their own right.Read More
The Most Exciting Places to Eat in Sevierville, Tennessee
From piping hot apple fritters and milkshakes to pimento cheese-slathered burgers and cathead biscuits (and of course, whiskey)
1. Local Eatery and Grill
With community a primary component of this restaurant’s mission, traditional pub fare such as wings, burgers, and steaks, join a list of smoked meats, all served with side options like collards and loaded fries. There’s a small craft cocktail and beer list, but absolutely don’t miss out on the banana pudding for dessert. Live music is also featured regularly.
2. Adina's Sweet Shop
The small locally owned and operated full-service bakery is your go-to for custom cakes and other confections. Ice cream from a local creamery makes sundaes, shakes, floats, and pies extra special, while the handmade candies and dessert platters are a hit, too. Call ahead for custom cake designs at 865-774-2223.
3. Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Farmhouse Grille
Serving breakfast through dinner with an extensive orchard on-premise, and views of the Great Smoky Mountains, every meal starts with piping hot apple fritters they’ve actually trademarked. The Southern-style menus are extensive. But, what you won’t find are the libations made from said orchards, as the restaurant is dry. The good news is that the cidery’s tasting room, along with a winery, are right next door within this all-things-apples compound of eateries.
4. Five Oaks Farm Kitchen
Honoring the legacy of Dr. John and Blanche Ogle who were the town’s attending physician and wife back in the day, hospitality is this breakfast-through-supper restaurant’s mantra. Chef Jason Albert focuses on Southern staples from sweet breads and catheads to hand-cut, house-smoked heartland dishes like pork ribs and fried chicken livers. Also partnering with Goodnight Brothers Country Ham, you can have one of their dry-aged hams delivered straight to your door.
5. Don Marco's Kitchen Sevierville
A family-owned Italian restaurant, both the lunch and dinner menus feature scratch-made classics such as pizza, calzones, and pasta, including build-your-own pasta. Local favorites include the baked ziti, marsala, and manicotti, whereas all entrees are served with a bottomless salad bowl and garlic knots. Rounding out the menu are a host of burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Check out their original location, a Mexican cuisine staple up the road in Kodak.
6. Sevier Distilling Company
Sevierville, TN 37876
Distilling’s past, present, and future are taught at this family-ran distillery rooted in Appalachian tradition. You can watch the entire distilling process from grain to glass where raising the spirits of East Tennessee to a new bar is a priority. Milling their own grains, using raw honey and other gold standards make this your go-to distillery tour in Sevierville. A VIP mixology tour where you’ll learn how to make cocktails from the impressive lineup of house spirits is highly recommended.
7. Graze Burgers
Serving a wide array of bourbon, Tennessee whiskey, craft beers, and cocktails paired with epic burgers made from locally sourced, grass-fed beef. Try the Souther Jam burger with pimento cheese, bacon jam, bourbon caramelized onions, local greens, tomatoes, and house pickles paired with your favorite brown water. Plenty of other favorites such as Big Dawgs and Spiked Shakes are on the ready to whet your appetite.
8. Seasons 101
Chef Deron Little brings his affinity for seasonal dishes to this upscale, yet casual American bistro within the historic Central Hotel just off the town’s square. The rotating menu boasts signature dishes like Little’s Rack of Lamb and Duo of Maple Leaf Farms Muscovy Duck along with seasonal vegetable plates and other farm-fresh delicacies spanning Brunch through dinner.
9. 101 Sky Lounge
Enjoy 360° views of the Great Smoky Mountains and downtown Sevierville at the Historic Central Hotel’s rooftop cocktail lounge offering a small, yet thoughtful cocktail menu accompanied by monthly live music. Though public hours are limited to Thursday to Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. (9-10 p.m. is 21 and up), the space is also available for private events.
10. The Appalachian
“The Blackberry Effect” is alive and well at Sevierville’s newest fine dining option where chef David Rule takes a modern approach to traditional Appalachian ingredients with a wood-burning hearth at its larder’s core. With a seasonal menu, you’ll always have new things to try, but you’ll suffer from some serious FOMO if you don’t start with the fried chicken skins with local honey, smoked West Virginia sea salt, and pickled lunchbox peppers.
11. King's Family Distillery
Sevierville, TN 37876
Specializing in small-batch whiskies and bourbons, the distillery began as a passion project for Justin and Cara King. Most of their spirits have won gold or silver medals since they first opened in 2018. Drop by the bottle shop and pick up your choice for the perfect nightcap while in the Smokies. Online ordering is available where shipping alcohol is legal.