When planning a trip to Blount County, don’t forget to include some amazing eateries and places to drink in your plans. While the area is most well-known for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are also some amazing restaurants that shouldn’t be overlooked, which are all nestled within East Tennessee’s amazing natural areas.  

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

The Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, located in Dancing Bear Lodge, is a wonderful place for specialty craft cocktails and food pairings. The Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro has been making a name for itself in Blount County –– recently voted “Best Fine Dining in Blount County” and soon to be featured on the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise.

The Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro is self-described as “regionally redefined” — traditional Appalachian foods with modern-day twists and enhancements, for a truly unique dining experience. Make a reservation for one of Chef Shelley Cooper’s Suppers, which take place every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evening. For $35, you’ll experience an amazing 3-course dinner, the menu for this event changing weekly. View their menu and be sure to check out the craft cocktails they have when you visit.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5-9 pm. Call them at (865) 336-2138 to make a reservation or visit opentable.com.    

The Appalachian Bistro is part of Dancing Bear Lodge, a 36-acre resort. Amenities include hot tubs, wood burning fireplaces, and more. If you’ll be in Blount County for a few days, consider booking a stay at Dancing Bear Lodge.

Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro

7140 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Townsend, TN 37882

Public House on High

If you’re looking for one of the best craft beer fixes in Blount County, look no further than Public House on High in Maryville. The beer list in this establishment is constantly changing, allowing for the delivery of new and exciting craft beers to the area. Public House on High features ciders and beers from all around Tennessee and the world in cans, bottles, and on draft.

If you’d like food to go with your drink, be sure to check out their pub food menu which features appetizers, sandwiches, and hot dogs. If you’re craving a little something different, Public House on High has partnered with local food trucks. On Thursdays and Fridays, a food truck will be parked out front so you can enjoy different types of food with your beer.

Be sure to check out Public House on High’s event calendar for new beer launches, trivia nights, and more.

Public House on High is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4-11 pm, Friday from 4-12 am, and Saturday from noon to 12 am.

Public House on High

321 High St
Maryville, TN 37804

Foothills Milling Company

Foothills Milling Company is a family owned restaurant in Maryville, TN, and somewhere you should visit if you’re looking for a fine dining experience while in Blount County. This restaurant is dedicated to serving elegant meals in an environment that is more casual. There are a number of delicious appetizers and salads to start with, and entree items range from Smoked Local Pork and Creole BBQ Shrimp to Herb Crusted Venison, and Tempura Lobster Tails. In addition to their amazing entrees, Foothills Milling Company has an impressive wine list for you to enjoy along with your meal.

Foothills Milling Company is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Dinner reservations are recommended.

Foothills Milling Company

315 S. Washington Street
Maryville, TN 37804