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November 13th, 2020


Let’s Put Thanksgiving Dinner to Good Use!

Another Turkey Day is quickly approaching and we are delighted it’s almost that time! Here, at Elvira’s Cafe, we are all about Thanksgiving and the good ole Southern cooking tradition that comes along with it.

Like probably most folks out there, we tend to go a little overboard when preparing for our Thanksgiving Dinner. And the amount of work we put into cooking begs the question: What to do with the leftovers? At the end of the day, one can only eat so many ham sandwiches or mashed potato cakes. So let’s get creative and see how we can transform familiar leftovers into a memorable feast! Here are a few ideas from Elvira herself:

savory turkey crepe
turkey power bowl
turkey empanadas
dads leftover pot pie
turkey and wild rice soup

Savory Turkey Crepe

A new take on Thanksgiving leftovers, these savory turkey crepes are made with buckwheat flour and filled with sliced turkey breast, sizzling bacon, avocado, roasted pepper, and melted cheese. These crepes are easy to make and are super delicious. You can even go as far as adding stuffing and garnishing them with gravy or cranberry sauce. They are perfect for a post-holiday breakfast or brunch!







Turkey Power Bowl

Feeling guilty about those extra pounds you’ve been saving room for before Thanksgiving? Don’t you worry! This turkey power bowl can be made only with the healthiest ingredients: leftover turkey slices, mushrooms, and grilled onions served on a lettuce bed and garnished with fresh avocado, hard-boiled egg, and perhaps a bit of marinaded beets? Yum!






Turkey Empanadas

Empanadas (Spanish hand pies) is an ideal solution for extending your Thanksgiving celebration in the most creative way possible. Homemade or store-bought pie crust can be easily stuffed with leftover turkey or mashed potatoes. Simply fill the empanadas, fold them, and bake them in the oven. You can also play around with the dough to make cut-out leaves for cute fall decorations. Your kids will love it!







Dad's Leftover Pot Pie

Pot pie is another easy recipe that can be brought out of the woodwork after your Thanksgiving feast. Take leftover turkey or ham and mix it with sauteed peas, carrots, green beans, and celery. Spoon the filling into 2 store-bought pie crusts, pinch the top together and into the oven they go! This recipe is so easy, any dad can make it! Plus, if you are into meal prep for the busy work week ahead, you can bake 2 pies and freeze one of them for a quick meal.




Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Leftover turkey is great for making hearty soup! Simply sweat celery, carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper over moderate heat then pour hot turkey broth in and add wild rice. This easy leftover turkey and rice soup is perfect comfort food following the days of heavy cooking for Thanksgiving!

October 21, 2020


Looking for Fun Things to Do in The Smoky Mountains This Fall?

There is no better time to explore The Great Smoky Mountains than the fall! Crisp air, bright foliage, and happy faces all around make a perfect getaway for anyone wanting to escape the mundane and explore nature. Whether you decide to take a day trip to Cades Cove, cozy up by the fire at a creekside campsite or stay for a week at a remote mountain cabin, there is a ton of things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the fall.

We’ve handpicked a list of our favorite events to help you create the most memorable trip, rain or shine:

3 men playing instruments. Two are playing the guitar and one is playing the violin.
A bowl of grits with a side of an amber colored drink in a glass
Exterior of a building decorated with fall decorations like bales of hay, corn stalks, pumpkins, mums and foliage.
Aerial view of a corn maze
Large pumpkins

October 30 & 31: Smoky Mountain Fall Festival

With a very long history of fall festivals, this year’s Smoky Mountain Fall Festival is going to be a blast!

 Check out the food vendors, local craftsmen, and entertainers; try mouth-watering baked goods and classic food samples; participate in games and competitions or take a hayride. This event is free to the public with $10 parking. And if you get hungry for dinner, come enjoy our dinner menu and kick back on the porch!



November 7th: Townsend Grain and Grits Festival

This unique festival brings the best of Southern spirits and gourmet foods to Townsend, a town located just minutes away from Elvira’s Cafe.

Come shake it to live music and sample one-of-the-kind spirits from local distilleries (Old Forge Distillery, Sugarlands Distillery, Brushy Mountain Moonshine, and more).

This year’s highlight is a large fire pit with roasted pig, lamb, poultry, and sausages presented to you by five local chefs. Each chef will incorporate a spirit from one of the distilleries into their dish for you to sample and determine the best.


September - Thanksgiving: Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Take a day trip across the mountain to Gatlinburg and see the best fall decorations in East Tennessee! Gatlinburg is the ultimate place to photograph colorful pumpkins, scarecrows, and other creative fall arrangements.

This year’s Harvest Festival is chock-full of creativity and remarkable events. Have some old- fashioned  OktOBERfest fun in Ober Gatlinburg; meet costumed storytellers, cloggers, and musicians along the Parkway, or indulge in festive shopping on the strip. And don’t forget to stop by and say hi at Elvira’s on your way back!


October 1 - 31: Kyker Farms Corn Maze

Won’t it be fun to get lost and found in a corn maze? For the entire month of October, Kyker Farms offers not just one but five different corn mazes! Artistically shaped in creative and complex designs, these state-of-the-art mazes are an ideal place for families and couples alike. In addition to a corn maze experience, Kyker Farms offers hayrides, pumpkin picking, bonfires, and, of course, a corn hole!


Dollywood’s Harvest Festival: Open Through October 31st

Every year, Dollywood theme park welcomes visitors for its familiar family fall tradition. Harvest Festival 2020 has added a display of the world’s largest colossal pumpkins that range from 800 to 1500 lbs each. Amazing Great Pumpkin LumiNights offer displays, festive decorations, unique treats, and hand-made crafts. Tickets and passes can be purchased here.

September 21, 2020


sunday brunch 9 am - 2 pm every weekend

We are pleased to announce the return of our famous Sunday Brunch!

Beginning September 21st, we will be open every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm.

We will be serving our most popular breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections, from Tennessee Haystack and Savory Crepes to our all-time favorite Fried Green Tomato BLT and North Carolina Trout.

As always, we are open for dine-in and take out and look forward to seeing you soon. For take-out orders, please call (865) 366-2263.


sunday brunch menu
sunday brunch menu

August 19th, 2020

Have You Tried Our Chicken and Waffles?

Boy oh boy! Chicken and Waffles…what a wonderful combo! Loved by so many, this unique Southern staple has been perfected and reimagined by chefs throughout its history so many times. It’s been served in restaurants and diners everywhere and surely wins the hearts and minds of everyone who visits Tennessee and the Southern states. This dish is so common we don’t often stop and think of its origins. Nevertheless, it’s history is fascinating!

Although the exact origin of Chicken and Waffles is unknown, culinary scholars agree that it was brought to America from Europe all the way back in the 1600s. The dish became a real kicker after Thomas Jefferson purchased four waffle irons in Amsterdam. And so it went...

But the chicken wasn’t the first ingredient that accompanied waffles back in the day. It was catfish, out of all things! In the 1800s, some restaurants in Philadelphia were spotted serving Catfish and Waffles. However, due to the high demand and seasonality of this catfish, it wasn’t always available and fish was soon replaced by fried chicken.


Chicken and waffles on a plate

It’s hard to say when Chicken and Waffles came to the South and became a staple as it hasn’t appeared in any known cookbooks such as Mrs. Porter’s Southern Cookery Book published in 1871. It’s not until 1917, when Edna Ferber mentioned a restaurant advertising “Southern chicken dinner with waffles and real maple syrup, 35 cents each” in her Fanny Herself book.

The Chicken and Waffles trend was inspired by the Harlem restaurant called Wells Supper Club that opened doors in 1938 and soon became a late-night hotspot for jazz musicians stopping by for an after-performance snack. They were too late for dinner and too early for breakfast so the delicious combo of chicken and waffles was a perfect way to satisfy midnight cravings.

These are just some of the historic highlights. Here, at Elvira’s Cafe we are all about Chicken and Waffles. It's been on our menu for a number of years and our guests love it! The secret is in locally-sourced chicken and Belgian waffles. We prefer Belgian waffles because they are thicker and larger than regular waffles. They are also made with deep pockets perfect for holding pools of delicious syrup! Also, the batter is made with egg whites that make waffles light and fluffy. Come try them out and see for yourself what our guests are raving about!


Elvira's Cafe Dining Room

What Our Guests Are Saying:

“My wife just pulled in and said, "Let's try Elvira's"! Not a long wait at all, especially considering it was the 4th of July weekend. Checking out what a lot of folks were ordering and the Chicken and Waffles seemed to be going well, especially with the fried potatoes as the side.”
- Scott S. via Yelp

“Wow. Do yourself a favor and get the chicken and waffles. I don't know if it is because I fished all day or not, but they were some of the best I have ever had. For my side, I had the potatoes-n-onions and they were great as well. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with my meal, and the service was amazing as well.”
- Parker M. via Yelp

“I'm not normally one to order chicken and waffles, but I am SO glad I did! The chicken tenders were moist, with a crispy exterior, and well seasoned. The waffles had Belgian pearl sugar in them and didn't even need syrup. I could have eaten this every day of our trip and been quite happy.
Looking forward to our next visit!”

- Stacey via TripAdvisor

July 14th, 2020

The Most Important Meal of The Day: What’s Cooking for Breakfast?

Here at Elvira’s Cafe, we are convinced that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is exactly why we put so much effort into crafting our savory crepes, fluffy biscuits, and delicious omelets - all from scratch. Because what could be better than enjoying a nice cup of Joe with a steamy, mouthwatering breakfast made to order by people who care about what they do?

You’ll Feel Better When You Know Where Your Food Comes From

All of our meals are prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and served right up to your table in a matter of minutes:


eggs on potatoes

Our farm-sourced eggs come from the Valley Farm - a local supplier driven only by the highest standards and innovative farming practices. Try our classic egg breakfast, a Ham Scrambler or Cafe Omelet with cheddar cheese and your choice of bacon, ham or sausage, hashbrown casserole, and toast or biscuit and you won’t be disappointed!

bacon and french toast

We procure our bacon from the infamous Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams, proudly named after the original Bacon God and Ham Hero himself, Allan Benton. No need to travel to Italy to taste the best prosciutto! Benton's sizzling strips are made to order right here at Elvira's Cafe and pair well with most of our menu items - breakfast and lunch alike. Why? Because bacon makes everything better!

sausage patties

Ever heard of Swaggerty Farm Sausage? Their sliced premium sausage patties made with 100% fresh pork according to the original 1930s recipe are admittedly our guests’ favorite breakfast item. Especially in the form of our delicious Biscuits and Gravy - two large freshly baked biscuits covered in our home-made sausage gravy and served with two eggs cooked to the full order. Yum!

crepe

Buckwheat Crepe is our top signature breakfast item loved by so many, it’s hard to count! What sets our crepes apart, is the flour. We purchase buckwheat flour from The Old Mill General Store located in our own back yard, in Pigeon Forge, TN. Every day, their millers grind grains into meal using century-old tools and techniques, bringing tradition straight to your table.


Aside from the promise that our breakfast will satisfy even the most hungry traveler, we bring to the table quality ingredients matched to the quality cooking skills of our chefs. We do our best to accommodate your dietary needs and look forward to serving you soon!

For more information, please call 865-366-2263 or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.



June 17, 2020

Father’s Day Specials at Elvira’s Cafe

Are you looking for a perfect place to celebrate Father’s Day this year? Elvira’s Cafe has you covered! Our Sunday Brunch is all about dads. We will be offering Chef David’s special Hamburger Steak with Mushroom Gravy and Banana Pudding to satisfy your dad’s sweet tooth.

When - June 21st | from 9 am to 2 pm

Where - Elvira’s Cafe

4143 Wears Valley Rd

Sevierville, TN 37862


fathers day brunch specials- chef davids hamburger steak with mushrooms and gravy- banana pudding


What Else is There to Do on Father’s Day?

In addition to our mouth-watering brunch and breathtaking mountain views from the restaurant’s porch, we thought these area activities might interest all dads and their families:


Visit Cades Cove

Cades Cove is our absolute favorite place to be! Surrounded by the mighty Smoky Mountains, this untouched area offers the best opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking and history. Cades Cove Loop road will be open to vehicles, so you can enjoy sightseeing at your own pace. Stop by Cades Cove Visitor Center to learn more about the rich history of the valley and take photos nearby Cable Mill.


Climb a Mountain

There are numerous hiking trails located just minutes from Elvira’s Cafe which vary by elevation, length and terrain. Metcalf Bottoms is by far our favorite. It offers a brief 1.2-mile roundtrip with only 100 ft elevation gain from start to finish. Surrounded by beautiful foliage, this trail offers a combination of natural landscapes and historic landmarks. Little Greenbrier River runs parallel to the trail. At the end of the hike, you will see a small log cabin built in 1882 which was used as a schoolhouse and a church for several generations. 


Take A Stroll Down to Pigeon Forge

Visitors who come to Pigeon Forge love shopping! There are more than 300 boutiques and outlet malls to choose from and everyone in your family will find something they like. Not only Pigeon Forge is known for its outlet experience, but it also offers a number of unique shops where you’ll find hand-blown glass, artisan pottery, quilts, art and other crafts. There is even a Christmas shop where you can say hello to Santa all year round!

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we're open! yes really.

May 19, 2020

First of all — Thank you for staying with us and supporting Elvira’s Cafe with all your messages, to-go orders, and well wishes. We couldn't be more proud to call Wears Valley "Home." We're excited to finally say these words:

We're Open!

Here are some of the extra precautions we're taking to ensure the good health and safety of you and our staff: We rearranged our outdoor seating as well as the dining area to comply with social distancing guidelines; we are wearing face-masks and gloves at all times; we are cleaning all surface areas and high touch-points (like door handles) on the hour (if not more); and we are going to be activating online ordering in the upcoming days.

 

Our hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday:

✔️Tuesday - Saturday: 8 AM-2.30 PM (breakfast and lunch)

✔️Friday and Saturday Dinner: 4.30 PM-8 PM (dinner)

✔️Sunday: 9 AM-2 PM (brunch)

 

Welcome Back to Elvira’s Cafe!

February 24, 2020

Spring Is The Best Time to Visit The Great Smoky Mountains


We love East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains in the spring! As the temperatures rise yet the busy tourist season hasn’t fully started, the time between mid-March and early May is perfect to enjoy the great outdoors and embark on new mountain adventures. With a variety of things to do, be it hiking, horseback riding or attending spring events in Gatlinburg, Townsend or Pigeon Forge - wonderful opportunities to create memories worth repeating wait for you here!

 

We’ve handpicked these top 5 things to do during your next spring vacation in the Smokies and hope you will give them a try.

Smoky Mountains National Park Trail Image

1. Fun in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

With over 11 million visitors in 2019, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts over 850 miles of hiking trails and has something for everyone. Come to the Smokies in the spring and see wildflowers as you hike colorful Little River trail or step into the magical world of Whiteoak Sinks. On the trail, you will find blooming rhododendron, crested dwarf iris, colorful trilliums and violets, among other species.


2. Horseback Riding and Visiting Cades Cove

For some exciting family activities, we recommend horseback riding and visiting Cades Cove. Riding horses has been a popular means of transportation in the Smokies and Gatlinburg since the first settlers came to the area centuries ago. It also makes an ideal way to discover the mountains if you aren’t quite ready for walking the trail or hope to see more in a short period of time. Cades Cove also offers guided horseback rides along with fun activities such as hayrides, wildlife viewing and guided historic tours where you can visit primitive cabins, chapels and see early settlements.

Trailride
Heritage Center

3. Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is located minutes from Elvira’s Cafe. The site offers a historical Appalachian Village with numerous log cabins, a permanent exhibit featuring artifacts from the largest archaeological project in the history of Tennessee, the Transportation Station displaying an extensive collection of 19th and 20th-century antique automobiles and more.

4. Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Weekend

If you are an art lover and enjoy making crafts, this event is for you! Mark your calendar for May 1st - May 3rd, 2020 and come to Gatlinburg to make a piece (or two) of artwork with your own hands. You can choose from over 40 different classes taught by talented artists from our community. Whether you are interested in painting, pottery, making jewelry, soaps of scarves, Hands-On Gatlinburg is the place to be!

Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Weekend
Wildwood Grove

5. Celebrate Spring in Dollywood

It’s no secret that Sevierville is home to the brightest musician of our era, Dolly Parton and that Dollywood attracts millions of visitors to our area every year. In 2020, Dollywood opens for its 35th anniversary season on March 14th with a handful of new events like Flower and Food Festival. And perhaps the biggest introduction this year will be Wildwood Grove, a charming village built inside the park. It features a lit-up Wildwood Tree that plays music and blinks with over 650 multicolored butterflies and 9,000 full-color-spectrum LEDs leaves. Dollywood is only a short, 20-minute drive from Elvira’s Cafe and it’s definitely worth visiting this spring.

January 15th, 2020 

A Brief History of Biscuits and Gravy 

Here in the South, biscuits and gravy is a popular choice by anyone in the mood for a hearty home-cooked breakfast. Just imagine flaky, buttery goodness topped with rich, sausage stuffed whole-milk gravy. This is exactly how we present them to you here, at Elvira’s Cafe! 

Today, biscuits and gravy are celebrated by millions across the country. This indulgent dish can be found in many diners, cafes, food trucks, upscale restaurants and even grocery stores. What makes our biscuits and gravy unique is the preparation process and the ingredients.

We take premium quality local Swaggerty's Farm sausage and fry it in the pan with spices and flour to make the roux then add whole milk leaving all of the brown bits and small pieces to make the gravy more flavorful.

You may think biscuits and gravy have always been around, but have you ever thought about their origins and history? Here’s the scoop!

According to many food writers and culinary historians, biscuits and gravy originated right here in the Southern Appalachia in the late 1800s. With the lumber industry on the rise, biscuits with “sawmill gravy” were the ideal cheap and high-calorie fuel for workers who had to lift and carry lumber all day long. 

Chicken and Biscuits

First Appalachian biscuits were much tougher than their modern counterparts. Called “beaten biscuits”, the original biscuits were very tough. They got their sturdy texture from vigorous beating and folding - often a task for the enslaved workers and home servants who would spend hours at a time beating on the dough.

Once involuntary servitude was abolished via The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution of 1865 and with the boom of the industrial revolution, a mechanical machine was invented that “not only saved beaten biscuits from extinction but actually made them smoother, prettier and more popular than before”, according to the culinary historian, Egerton. In the following years, with the invention of baking soda and increased availability of flour, biscuits became a refined work of art of many Southern cooks.

So how did sausage gravy become biscuits’ sidekick? After the American Revolutionary war, many people relied on the cheap and readily available ingredients to make their daily meals and the simplest of dishes were emphasized the most. Since pigs have been in America longer than the Puritans plus milk, flour, salt and pepper could be found anywhere, biscuits and gravy together became a simple go-to dish for many Americans.

Haystack - Biscuit


Years later, biscuits became famous not only in the Appalachian region but also across the country. Eventually, the dish made it as far as the Pacific Northwest. “As a staple of the poor, biscuits and gravy would never have appeared on fancy restaurant or hotel menus in Portland’s past,” Arndt Anderson wrote in an article for PDX Monthly. “By the early 1980s, though, seemingly out of nowhere, spots around town began casually advertising the B&G, as though it had always held the same breakfast menu real estate as bacon and eggs.”

Today, we are happy to serve our signature biscuits and gravy right here at Elvira’s Cafe. Our customers love our famous Tennessee Haystack: open biscuit stacked with delicious smoked bacon, topped with sausage gravy to deliver all of the wonderful flavors of the South straight to your table. You, too, should give them a try!

 

December 13th, 2019

Elvira’s Cafe Turns 7!

Welcome to the hidden gem in the heart of Wears Valley, TN. This is the place East Tennessee tourism names “an absolute must try”. And what's a better time than now to try a restaurant that was founded on farm-fresh food, faith and family!

Meet the face behind the name, Elvira Grant…

elvira grant

“I came to the United States from Siberia, Russia in 2002,” - says Elvira Grant, the owner of the cafe. “I was in the barbeque business at first, but later I branched out to build my own eatery in 2012.”

Today, Elvira’s Cafe celebrates its seventh anniversary.

restaurant being builtelvira's

 

“I felt I could add value to this community by building a place that’s home away from home for the Tennessee tourism. Homestyle food prepared by real people who care for each other is our motto. I wanted to extend a small-town feel to the travelers coming from all over the United States because we cook our food for you the way you cook it at home.”

Food made with love straight from the heart. That’s what Elvira’s Cafe is all about. Just take a look at the menu.

crepe

Signature Crepes is Elvira’s all-time staple. They are made with buckwheat flour that comes from The Old Mill House in Pigeon Forge, TN. Biscuits and Gravy will come out with applewood smoked bacon from Benton’s Farms with sausage gravy right on top!

 “We use only whole milk for our gravy, sorry, folks, no skim milk here, “- jokes Elvira.

Elvira is whipping up the real deal when it comes to good food. The best of the best. But the most amazing thing according to Elvira is being a part of the community and helping local people develop their skills. The in-house chef David, for example, has 50 years of experience under his belt. He loves cooking and pours all of his talent into creating amazing meals.

Elvira’s Cafe is a true testament of what it means to support the local community and bring people together through great food. We welcome everyone who wants to share a home-made meal during their stay in the Great Smoky Mountains this holiday season and beyond.

For hours of operation, dinner specials and event information, please like our Facebook Page or follow us on Instagram. We look forward to serving you!

November 04, 2019

Elvira's Blog: The Ultimate Guide To Planning A Thanksgiving Feast

decorated table


If the holiday season snuck up on you a bit, don’t worry. You don’t have to be running around like a turkey with its head cut off to make last-minute Thanksgiving dinner plans. Instead, you can prepare for the celebration on time and absolutely stress-free!

Here’s what you need to know about putting together a feast that everyone will enjoy:

Step 1: Order Your Turkey Ahead of Time

Since turkey is a centerpiece of any Thanksgiving celebration, we recommend ordering it at least a week in advance by going online or calling your local grocery store. Leaving plenty of time for the purchase will help you avoid last-minute shopping stress. It will also give you time to decide on the preparation style of the bird. Today, turkeys come in many different variations, ranging from heritage and kosher to organic pasture-raised and vegan - yes, vegan turkeys also exist!

Turkey


Step 2: Plan Your Menu

Does your family have a signature dish that makes its way to Thanksgiving table every year? Bring it on! Like to experiment with new recipes? That’s also an option! For most groups, we recommend serving 2-3 appetizers, 3-2 sides and 1-2 main dishes, including turkey.

Be mindful of your kitchen space though. You don’t want your turkey to take up the entire oven and not leave any room for sides or baked appetizers. Plan your dishes the night before and leave them at room temperature or choose dishes you can microwave or cook on the stove.

Not sure what to serve? Here’s our hand-picked list to get your creative juices flowing:

Cherry pie with a bowl of cherries



 

Appetizers

Green Olive, Walnut and Pomegranate Dip

Sweet Potato Crostini

Cranberry Brie Pecan Pinwheels

Best-Ever Stuffed Mushrooms

Savory Party Brea


Sides

Green Bean Casserole

Candied Yams

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon


Desserts

Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake

Sweet and Simple Lemon Tart

Homemade Cannoli

Apple Pie

Pecan Pie

We hope our suggestions were helpful in planning your Thanksgiving feast! If you are looking to
have a holiday celebration outside your home, our doors are open to private parties and
gatherings through December 2019. Our menu will satisfy even the pickiest eater, so give us a
call today and we’ll be happy to assist you!
For reservations, please call (865) 366-2263.

October 11, 2019

We Love Our Guests!

three entrees


For the past 7 years, Elvira’s cafe has been proudly serving Wears Valley, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Townsend, TN area. All of our menu items are made from scratch, be it an early-morning buckwheat crepe, a mid-day turkey burger or a grilled trout dinner prepared by our very own Chef David. Our dishes are served with love by real people who care about what they do and our cafe guests. And in return, our guests are eager to share their experiences in person and on social media. Here’s what they are saying:

 

September 2019. Yelp:

 

“ We stopped here randomly without knowing a thing about it, and we are so glad we did!

We would come back to TN just to eat here. Everyone was so friendly, the portions were appropriate and the food tasted homemade. The two adults and four of us kids loved it! ”

 

-       Jenna from Troy, MI

 

 

July 2019. Yelp:

 

“ Wonderful place. Very friendly staff, great menu including buckwheat crepes and homemade deserts, great food! We were more than pleasantly surprised. We had to wait a bit to get a table, but it was well worth the wait.”

-       Corentin from Ann Arbor, MI

 

 

July 2019. Yelp:

 

“ Great little local restaurant! We visited upon recommendation from my sister, and this place didn't disappoint. The food was terrific - fresh and delicious! I loved the fried green tomatoes, but everything was great. The service was the best I've had while visiting the area. Everyone working was very helpful and polite. We visited at lunch, but I've heard breakfast is amazing so we'll definitely have to make a return trip! ”

 

-       Mike from Franklin, TN

 

October 2019. Trip Advisor:

 

“ Brunch was great! I just came upon this place while out for a drive with a visiting family. Glad we did. Great sandwiches and pretty area. Very good food. We will return here. Not open late so arrive for lunch. You won't be disappointed! “

 

-       Viki W.

October 2019. Trip Advisor:

 

“ Such great food and great people. All the pies are homemade and are amazing love the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich.”

 

-       Elizabeth from Wears Valley, TN

 

September 2019. Trip Advisor:

 

“ We were looking for some really good home-cooked food. We hadn't been here in a while and really miss the splendor of this place. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. Elvira is a very special woman and cherish knowing her. Love Elvira's Cafe. Definitely a favorite. ”

 

-       Mountain Biker from Sevierville, TN

 

 

June 2018. Facebook:

 

“ We visited the Smoky Mountains in March & we explored Wears Valley which has some of the most beautiful views of the mountains. We discovered Elvira's while exploring places to eat breakfast. We enjoyed every last morsel of delicious food on our plate, all fresh & homemade. The staff was very fun & friendly and we will be back in December & you will see us more than one time. ”

 

-       Tammy M.

 

September 2019. Facebook:

 

“ My sisters and I spent a week at the Margaretville Hotel.  I would like to say that out of all the places we ate, Elvira's was the best! Great food, great service and the atmosphere is awesome, from the time you step in the door to the time you leave. Everyone you encounter has a smile. Kudos to Elvira!  Anyone and everyone should try this place. ”

 

-       Ellie F.

 


September 4th, 2019

Top 5 Fall Hikes in Wears Valley

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a wide variety of hiking trails for that perfect day stroll. It is also the best place in the country for viewing fall colors. The timing of the peak fall foliage depends on the area you are in, the elevation and the diversity of tree population. The best time to see colors in the Smokies is usually from mid-October to early November.

Elvira’s cafe is conveniently tucked in the heart of Wears Valley, one of the most scenic and relaxing areas in the Smokies. Here, you can find breathtaking views, see the colors and enjoy peace and tranquillity of a day hike.

For our restaurant guests, we’ve handpicked a list of trails worth visiting this fall:

Metcalf Bottoms

This relatively easy hike is a brief 1.2 miles roundtrip that starts at the popular Metcalf Bottoms picnic area. It begins at a 1,700-ft elevation and gains only 100 ft from start to finish with a few spots of an uphill climb. This trail is perfect for families with children who will enjoy exploring the school building and old home sites.

Curry Mountain

Curry Mountain Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked and moderate trail located just minutes from the cafe. It features beautiful wild flowers and wildlife. You may even spot a black bear, if you are lucky! You’ll come across two 3,000-foot peaks on this hike – Curry He and Curry She and will also find a small cemetery that once served the community that lived in the vicinity of the trail.

curry mountain trail sign

Little Greenbrier

This little nature trail in the Smokies is a fairly moderate hike to the Laurel Falls Trail. The trail covers 4.3 miles from the start at Wear Cove Gap Road to its meeting with the Laurel Falls Trail. You’ll climb through mixed hardwoods and see plenty of wildflowers and majestic scenery. The Little Greenbrier Trail is also known for the surplus of blueberries making it a great summer/fall trail!

Lumber Ridge

The Lumber Ridge Trail is the perfect hike if you're looking for solitude. The trailhead is located along the gravel road just beyond the parking area at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and climbs 1,524 feet in elevation. You’ll pass through pine forests, stands of oaks, huckleberries, and other trees, which makes it a popular place for animals to find food.

Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls is an extremely popular destination within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This paved trail makes it an easy, 2.3 mile hike for those who travel with children. You will climb roughly 314 feet in elevation before reaching the 80-foot waterfall. Laurel Falls is very photogenic, and is widely considered to be one of the best waterfall hikes in the Smokies.

Day hiking is a perfect activity  for those looking to get away from the city and visit nature. And what can be better than enjoying scenery combined with a nice breakfast or lunch in the Smokies? Stop by Elvira’s Cafe for a crepe or a sandwich before heading to the trail or grab one to go. You won’t be disappointed!

 

August 5th, 2019

Why Are We Raving About Black Angus Beef?

Meat lovers, rejoice! At the end of a long work week, award yourself with a rich, juicy burger, a fragrant plate filled with slow-cooked short ribs or a seared-to-perfection steak with freshly sauteed vegetables on the side. 

What makes that perfect recipe for a carnivore? Great-quality beef, of course!

Here, at Elvira’s Cafe, rest assured that your hankering for quality beef will be fulfilled. Our burgers, steaks and BBQ sandwiches are made with a special kind of beef - Braveheart Beef. This premium Black Angus line not only delivers exceptional taste and quality, but it also stands out with its remarkable trim and consistency. Here’s why we have chosen Braveheart as our go-to supplier:

The Origin

Braveheart Beef comes from the cattle raised by the Midwest family farms whose main focus is on sustainability and humane treatment. To ensure premium quality, Braveheart patented a unique DNA traceback process scientifically proving to deliver the highest percentage of Black Angus in the industry. Every Braveheart steak can be traced back to its original cattle with a complete health record as well as standardized feeding and health practices. Tracing guarantees that Braveheart meats served at our restaurant will meet premium-quality standards and will always taste great.

The Taste

Sure, we can talk about standards and best practices all day, but what about the taste? If you’ve ever tried our signature Cheeseburger, you probably noticed the flavor. That’s because all of our beef is processed with a ¼ inch- maximum trim with no extra tolerances! Conventional 1-inch trim includes a buffer of fat and produces poor yields. Braveheart’s beef, on the other hand, is processed in the state-of-the-art facilities where trained professionals leave no room for imperfection. With no extra tolerances, you can rest assured that your burger will come out just right - with premium quality and amazing taste!

Braveheart at Elvira’s

Elvira’s Cafe offers a variety of dishes from our land menu. The Cheeseburger, for example, is made of 100% Prime Angus Beef Patty burgers. Served on a buttery grilled bun with fresh lettuce, red onion, tomato and your choice of cheese, this burger will be the best thing you’ve ever tried.

So come on in and try the best beef on the planet right here, at Elvira’s Cafe!

June 21st, 2019

Best Breakfast Near Townsend, Tennessee? Yes, Please - We Got Crepes!

If you are looking for breakfast restaurants near Townsend, you came to the right place. Here, at Elivra’s Cafe, we are dedicated to serving only the best quality, locally sourced ingredients with a touch of our unique home-style cooking. Menu spotlights include all-time favorite American classics like biscuits and gravy, waffles and pancakes alongside sweet and savory crepes. Our delicious French-style crepes are so good, you’ll want to come back for more. Guaranteed!

An Ode to The Crepe

Our obsession with crepes began in 2011 when the idea for Elvira’s Cafe was born. And how can you not love this delicate, amazingly delicious and most portable breakfast on Earth?

Essentially, crepes are French pancakes that come in two flavors: sweet crepes (crêpes sucrées) and savory galettes (crêpes salées).

Classic crepes are usually served with a variety of fillings, from the simplest with only sugar to flambéed crepes Suzette or elaborate savory galettes. Elvira’s crepes are made from buckwheat flour sourced from the historic Old Mill General Store located in Pigeon Forge, TN. Buckwheat flour was our choice not only because it tastes great, but also due to its ultimate nutritional value. Did you know that a 1/4 cup serving of buckwheat flour supplies 8% of the daily protein value for women and 7% for men? That’s right!

Our buckwheat crepes taste great; they are chock full of vitamins and minerals. Available in four distinct flavors, our savory crepes will satisfy even the pickiest palate.

feta and spinach crepe

 

Feta and Spinach Crepe
●     Chunks of Feta and Fresco melted on sauteed spinach folded in three eggs and wrapped in our buckwheat crepe

Early Riser Crepe
●     Scrambled eggs and Cheddar cheese (add veggies of your choice)

Breakfast Scrambler Crepe
●     Scrambled eggs, Cheddar cheese and your choice of sausage, ham or bacon, onions, mushrooms and roasted red peppers (topped with sausage gravy)

Chicken and Grits Crepe
●     Grilled chicken filet, homemade grits with freshly grated Cheddar cheese

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If there’s still room left for dessert after a hearty country breakfast, your sweet tooth will be pleased with the assortment of our dessert crepes:

Berry Buster
●     Mixed seasonal berries, creamy ricotta cheese, pecans, drizzled with our own cafe cream

Caramel Apple
●     Caramelized apples, sweetened ricotta, almonds, raisins, apple butter, and our own special cafe cream

Hazey-Nana
●     Hazelnut Nutella, strawberries, bananas and toasted almonds topped off with our own cafe cream

S'more Delight
●     Chocolate chips, marshmallows, and graham crackers

 crepe and cup of coffee

So what are you waiting for? Come try our delicious home-made crepes and see for yourself how yummy they are!

 Best,

Elvira.

June 3rd, 2019

Benton’s Bacon: The World’s Best Bacon Is Served Right Here

If you are traveling through the Smoky Mountains and suddenly feel the craving for a nice BLT sandwich or an early morning breakfast plate of farm-raised eggs and sizzling thick strips of bacon, keep in mind the word Benton’s. Why? Because in Tennessee, the best country bacon comes from Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams in Madisonville.

 

Allan Benton, also known as a Bacon God and a Ham Hero, has been curing bacon and country hams since 1973. Today, his famous products compliment some of the most extravagant dishes in restaurants across the entire country, from New York City’s Momofuku Noodle Bar to Charleston’s legendary Husk.

 

Here, at Elvira’s Cafe, you may request Benton’s bacon as a perfect addition to your breakfast, lunch or dinner. And we definitely recommend trying our staple Benton’s Bacon BLT Sandwich (hint: add a crispy fried green tomato for a tangy-sweet flavor).

 

sandwich with potato chips in a basket

 

So what makes Benton’s bacon so irresistible? Let’s take a look at history.

 

Raised in rural Virginia, Allan Benton and his family grew everything they put on the table. The cure recipe he learned from his grandparents became Benton’s secret to success.

 

"We constantly refer to ourselves here as hillbillies,” says Benton. “We wear that moniker proudly. The food I make was literally sustenance food for the poor Appalachians. The recipe came straight from the log smokehouse behind the house I was born in."

 

Benton’s recipe uses some of the oldest pig breeds like Berkshire, Tamworth and Duroc. All of the pork is aged for at least one year then cured with a mixture of salt and brown sugar for 10 days, then aged for another 10 days, and smoked with an intense hickory flavor from small wood-burning stoves.

 

But the real reason why Benton’s bacon and hams are sought-after by World’s top restaurants is in its simple and natural ingredients.

 

"My bacon is made with only salt and brown sugar,” Benton explains. “No nitrates, no nitrite, no nothing you can't pronounce. It's a very natural product, very intense in flavor and we're blessed that people like that big, bold flavor we produce."

 

Allan Benton himself will tell you there’s no trick to making his bacon and that the little smoker he’s used for many years in his backyard is nothing remarkable. If you compare his bacon to what you can buy at the grocery store, you will soon realize that the conventional process uses chemicals to cure the meat in a few hours so it can get to the grocery shelves fast. Benton’s curing process is quite the opposite and his hams can take years to cure. Time, in addition to simple ingredients, makes the true formula behind Benton’s phenomenal success.

 

And the best part… We serve Benton’s sensation right here, at Elvira’s cafe! If you haven’t discovered Elvira’s cafe yet, come try us out or contact us to learn more, and who knows, maybe you will be the lucky one to discover a special golden slice that the Willie Wonka of smoked meats has left for you to enjoy ;)

 

 Best,

Elvira.