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If your Tennessee journey takes you to Wears Valley, you’re in for a real treat. This hidden corner of Tennessee is home to many delicious hole-in-the-wall restaurants that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Here are our five favorite Wears Valley restaurants!

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1. Hillbilly's Restaurant

This breakfast and lunch restaurant specializes in pancakes--hillbilly style! Enjoy the lively atmosphere and fun southern decor. Don’t be shocked when you first arrive and see a 1950’s Chevrolet parked in the center of the dining room, that’s just the aesthetic they roll with here!

Just ten minutes out of Pigeon Forge, Hillbilly’s Restaurant makes a great morning stop to kick off a day of Tennessee fun. 

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2. Grandmother's Kitchen

If there’s one thing Tennessee restaurants do well, it’s nailing that cozy charm of a home kitchen. Grandmother’s Kitchen is just what you’d expect from a restaurant with such a name. Warm comfort food and good company. When you eat here, you’ll be well taken care of. Plus, the restaurant is built out of a log cabin, and there’s nothing more charming than that!

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3. Paw Paw's Catfish

Marc Cohn sang it best when he said, “...they’ve got catfish on the table.” You can’t visit the south without trying its signature meal. 

Paw Paw’s is dedicated to bringing the most authentic New Orleans catfish dishes to the whole American south. This laid-back, sea-themed restaurant is a must-see if you have a hankering for fried fish.

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4. Geppetto's Italian Kitchen

No big franchises on this list! Geppetto’s Italian Restaurant is locally-owned and deeply connected to the Sevierville community. This family run Italian restaurant brings a little slice of Italy to Tennessee. Here you’ll find authentic Italian eats as well as unique dishes that combine the best of Italian food with just a touch of Southern flare. 

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5. Elvira's Cafe

Elvira’s Cafe is another local legend, despite being just 7 years old. Founded on farm-fresh food, you won’t find better biscuits and gravy anywhere! Check out their evening menu for everything from homestyle catfish to freshly stuffed portabella mushrooms. There’s a little bit of everything here and something for everyone!

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Find a Wears Valley Cabin Rental

Wears Valley, Tennessee is beautifully tucked away in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains just outside of downtown Pigeon Forge. When planning your next vacation, be sure to check out our tremendous selection of quality cabins located in Wears Valley.