Riverstone Family Restaurant stands just outside of Cades Cove and the Smoky Mountains, ready to welcome hungry travelers with homestyle Southern comfort fare. Old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes, grits, and omelets help patrons refuel before continuing their cross-country skipping treks. In addition to sandwiches and more than 15 entrees founded on certified Angus beef, the restaurant's chefs toss out sides such as fresh soup, turnip greens, and fried okra.
T.G.I. Friday's transforms the six worst days of the week into the only day of the week that is acceptable to most Americans. Friday's is equipped to fill your life with Jack Daniel's sauce and endless salad and breadsticks. The multipronged menu contains prongs for burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups, seafood, pastas, chicken, and more so that any craving-flame can be put out.
The original stonework laid down in 1940 makes an impressive foundation for Tuckasiegee River Mountain Lodge, and innkeepers Nancy and John Hopp fully embrace that history by giving the B&B a mid 20th-century theme. From the dining area’s soda fountain to staging weekly ice-cream socials to putting 1950s programming on TVs every afternoon, Tuckasiegee River Mountain Lodge is an homage to a bygone era. With 14 surrounding acres of hardwood forests, the lodge also has an inherent rustic quality that its rooms and suites tap into through wood-paneled walls, log furniture, and fireplaces. Some overlook the nearby mountains, and others face the gardens. A cannonball bed and chest from the 1800s and other antiques continue the historical references found throughout the common areas. Meals include a complimentary breakfast made to order with options including casseroles, waffles, and quiche. Lunch is served from the onsite restaurant's menu of salads and sandwiches, and dinner consists of five entree offerings every evening.Tuckasiegee River Mountain Lodge also makes a cozy home base for exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s hiking trails and fishing sites, located just 30 minutes away. During warmer days you can also whitewater raft on the nearby Tuckasegee and Nantahala Rivers.
In 1964, brothers Leroy and Forrest Raffel banded together to come up with a new restaurant concept. Arby's took off almost immediately on the coattails of its hallmark roast-beef sandwich and the founders’ idea of providing customers with fast, quality food. Over the company's 48-year franchise history, its foundational pièce de résistance of thinly sliced, juicy beef has been served in a many permutations, and continues to be popular today, served at more than 3,500 stores in North America. Today’s menu still ignites appetites with traditional beef sandwiches, plus hot and seasoned curly fries, fresh-chopped salads, and desserts good for richly capping off meals or bribing any bridge trolls on the way home.
A green roof and rustic timber façade blend Angilo's Pizza with its wooded, hilly backdrop. Inside the casual dining environment, brick walls the color of marinara allude to a menu of cheesy pizzas, meatball dinners, and warm, 8-inch hoagies. In the glow of large picture windows, tables come alive with steaming plates of shrimp and buffalo chicken flanked by sides such as fried mushrooms, hot wings, and crinkle-cut fries, cut each morning immediately after the chef guzzles a pot of coffee.
At The Cabin Cafe, there's no need to wonder how the food was prepared—patrons can watch the magic happen in the eatery's open kitchen. The culinary team specializes in gourmet sandwiches, such as classic cubans with slow-cooked pork, or reubens stuffed with house-made corned beef. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, the eatery also brightens mornings with hearty quiches and rich cups of coffee, as well as a selection of brunch favorites including homemade buttermilk biscuits topped with pepper gravy.