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Apple Valley Mountain Village & Cafe

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Apple Valley Café - Scrumptious Home-Cooked Dishes Served in a Cozy Setting
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The Apple Valley Café serves as the place to go for a quick bite to eat between all your shopping adventures. Located in the heart of the Apple Valley Mountain Village, this little café boasts flavorful dishes, friendly service, and a cozy atmosphere you’re sure to love. As you chill at your table or on the patio, the staff will help you feel right at home and fill up your belly with the best-homecooked dishes in Townsend, Tennessee.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

After shopping your heart out at The General Store and Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center, the Apple Valley Café is the perfect place to land for a rejuvenating meal. Upon rolling up to this quaint Townsend, Tennessee, café, you’ll instantly get greeted like family as they welcome you through the doors. You can then cozy up to a table inside the homey dining room or scoot over to the patio for an open-air dining experience. 

Either way, you’re definitely in for a treat. The menu features all the best home-cooked dishes around, including breakfast classics, burgers and fries, and decadent fried apple pies. Even better news, they’re all made with the highest quality ingredients and recipes passed down through the generations. No matter which dish you choose, you really cannot lose as they are all just as good as the last. 

Whether you sit outside or in the dining room, your server will make sure that you’re comfortable, well-fed, and wholly satisfied with your visit. They always seem to check in at just the right minute without leaving you waiting long for refills. 

Their most popular items include: 

Papa Bear Pancakes
If you swing by before 11 am, you can treat yourself to a hearty stack of Papa Bear Pancakes. Available in orders of two or three, these buttermilk pancakes promise to knock your socks off. They are always big, fluffy, and made to order, so they hold up to all the maple syrup you can throw at them. 

Beer Garden Nachos
With beer cheese at the heart of this dish, the Beer Garden Nachos are a true taste sensation. These nachos start with a healthy portion of their famous chili, BBQ pulled chicken, or BBQ pulled pork over tortilla chips. Then, they cover it all with beer cheese, onion, jalapenos, tomatoes, and sour cream. 

Hog Wild BBQ Pulled Pork-Wich
The Hog Wild BBQ Pulled Pork-Wich starts well before you order as they slow cook the pork in-house. Once you put in your order, they pile the pork as high as possible on a robust bun. Lettuce, pickle, onion, and tomato go over the top, and then they slide the top bun over it all. 

“Off the Hook” Fish Sandwich
To create the “Off the Hook” Fish Sandwich, they dip white fish in a light tempura batter and cover the filet in crushed potato chips. Then, the fish goes down in the fryer until golden brown. 

Once it’s had a chance to drain the excess oil, the crunchy fried filets hop right onto the bun to complete this fish-wich to remember. 

If nothing else, you absolutely must try their Fried Apple Pie. People come from all over Tennessee and beyond to get a box of these crispy, sweet treats! Unfortunately, many don’t even make it halfway down the block before devouring all their delicious hand pies. The crew is constantly whipping up more, so if this happens to you, no worries, you can always come back for more.

Insider Tips:
-Traveling with kids and need to get their wiggles out? Let your kids run in the field next to the parking lot and play some of the lawn games before getting back on the road.
-Well-behaved dogs are welcome to dine with you on the patio. Just be sure to keep them on a leash and pick up after them as you explore the village.