Foothills Milling Company

Fine Dining in Maryville, TN

Are you looking for a fine dining opportunity while you are vacationing in the Smokies?  Or maybe you are a local to the Smoky Mountains and you want to try something new?  Give Foothills Milling Company (FMC) a try.  They provide fine dining in a casual atmosphere.  They also provide fantastic service that is second to none in the Smokies.  This family owned and run restaurant has been providing dining experiences that keep people coming back year after year for special occasions and celebrations.

The owners and staff of Foothills Milling Company try to bring something different to the tables of their restaurant while still keeping the southern location of their restaurant in sight.  Their blend of the unusual and down-home cooking makes them one of the places for every foodie that visits the area to eat.

Let’s cut to the chase and look at the menu:
For appetizers:  goat cheese tarts made with Vidalia Onions, fried green tomatoes served with a tomato pepper chutney and pulled pork spring rolls – fried spring rolls filled with pulled pork – eclectic and very southern.

For Entrees:  venison on the menu (try finding that anywhere else on the Tennessee side of the Smokies), Shrimp and Grits, Foothills Choucroute Garni (duck leg, knackwurst, braised pork shoulder) and of course Steak & Potatoes done Foothills Milling Company style.

Foothills Milling Company is located near downtown Maryville.  If you are staying in the Townsend area or spending time in Townsend, on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies, you are not very far from Maryville.  Follow Lamar Alexander Parkway out of Townsend and watch the signs for Maryville.  Call ahead for times and reservations.  You can even make reservations online and save yourself some time and a phone call.

FMC has gathered a loyal following.  Their dedicated staff wants to thrill your tastebuds.  They want to satisfy both your appetite and your need for a great night out.  Check their specials when you arrive, the chef chooses the special depending on what is in season and available at the time.  Remember, if you want great food in a great environment there is only one place you need to look:  Foothills Milling Company.

Foothills Milling Company
315 S Washington St
Maryville, TN

Townsend Restaurant Listing

Listing of Townsend Restaurants

Townsend, Tennessee is known as the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies” for many reasons, be it the more outdoor opportunities related to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but also for the little things like the cozy cafes and small businesses that dot Townsend’s main thoroughfare.  A large part of Townsend’s draw are the many local Townsend restaurants visitors and locals have to choose from, away from the national chain selections.  Down home cooking, or for some of us just good comfort food, is Townsend‘s specialty and gives the feeling of being back at your grandmother’s kitchen table.  With that said, there are a number of delicious out of the way places to eat that will tempt and tantalize your taste buds.

The Dancing Bear Restaurant
137 Apple Valley Way
Townsend, TN

Miss Lily’s Café
122 Depot St
Townsend, TN 37882

Little River BBQ
8303 Highway 73
Townsend, TN

Riverstone Family Restaurant (above)
8503 Highway 73
Townsend, TN 37882

Olson’s River Grill
7613 Old Highway 73
Townsend, TN 37882

Picnic Pantry Café
117 Painted Trillium Way
Townsend, TN

Burger Master Drive In
8439 Highway 73
Townsend, TN 37882

Smoky Junction Restaurant
7735 E Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN

Black Bear Café
7621 E Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN 37882

Smokin’ Joe’s Bar-B-Que
8303 State Hwy 73
Townsend, TN 37882

Carriage House Restaurant
8310 Highway 73
Townsend, TN 37882

Back Porch Restaurant
7018 E Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN 37882

Lil’ Cuban Café
7249 E Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN 37882

Apple Valley Kitchen
7138 E Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN 37882

Timbers Restaurant
8123 E Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN 37782

Hearth & Kettle
7767 E Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN 37882

 For specific Townsend restaurant reviews, check out our reviews page featuring two of the many great local eateries – Riverstone Family Restaurant and the Picnic Pantry Cafe. Looking for a Smoky Mountain cabin in Townsend, or a local campground? Well, we have listings of those too.

Riverstone Family Restaurant

The Riverstone Family Restaurant is located on the National Park end of Townsend.  Being one of the few restaurants that is open for all three meals of the day means you can sample some good food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and any meal that you eat there is worth your time.  Whether you are hungry for a steak or for a sandwich, this restaurant is a great place to dine.

In a town the size of Townsend sometimes your culinary options are limited.  When you include the fact that there is only one fast food restaurant in Townsend you may find it hard to locate places to eat.  Breakfast can especially be hard on the new visitor to Townsend.  Riverstone Family Restaurant provides a sumptuous breakfast with lots of choices.  From omelets to a la carte there is something for the whole family on the breakfast menu.  One of the favorites is their country ham breakfast.  Eggs, grits and hashbrowns are combined with a thick cut piece of country ham.  Country ham, of course, is salt cured ham that is very traditional in Southern cooking.

Come on back for lunch or supper, as well.  And when you do, save room for an appetizer.  The fried green tomatoes at the Riverstone Family Restaurant are to die for.  Breaded, thick cut and fried perfectly they are a highlight to any meal.  If you have never experienced fried green tomatoes, this is a perfect opportunity.  Their sandwiches are also to be mentioned.  The Riverstone Burger is a huge sandwich that can satisfy an appetite of any size.  They even have vegetarian selections on their menu, including a garden Burger.  The entrees are the highlight though, and why it is recommended to aim toward this section of the menu.  They have most of what you would expect to see on a family restaurant menu:  steaks, grilled chicken, country fried steak, etc.  They also have some specialties:  country ham, rainbow trout, beef liver and onions and frog legs.  These are real Southern specialties; if you haven’t tried them before then you should do yourself a favor and sample one of these epicurean delights.

The Riverstone Family Restaurant also has a good, down-home atmosphere.  Oil tablecloths and the various knick-knacks on the wall take you back to your grandmother’s home.  There is a good bit of Townsend history on the walls of the dining room and in one case you literally are in the dining room of the house that has been turned into a restaurant.  The fireplace crackles in the corner and everyone gets that warm cozy feeling you should have while enjoying a family meal.

Combine the food with the atmosphere and you have a memorable meal on your hands.  Eat a couple of meals at the Riverstone Family Restaurant, it’s one of our favorite Townsend restaurants.  You will be hard pressed to find a better breakfast anywhere near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  If you have been hiking all day and you need a meal that is going to stick to your ribs, then you have found your destination.