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Places to Eat & Drink

in Monroe County, TN

When it comes to restaurants and local food experiences, we provide the absolute best. World renowned and beloved by all, Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams offers a selection of meats that can be purchased, but they are best known for their dry-curing ham and bacon. We highly recommend stopping in to purchase some for yourself. You will thank us later. Another wonderful stop, not too far from Benton’s, is Tsali Notch Vineyard. Tsali offers some of the best mountain views paired with award winning wine that you can sample in the tasting room. After your tasting, you can explore the muscadine vineyard, which happens to be the largest one in Tennessee.

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Hometown Dining

Our hometown restaurants are filled with great food, even better people, and exquisite selections. The restaurants adored and patronized by the locals are always the best, so we have pulled together our local favorites to create the ultimate dining list for you. Be sure to check out all of these great places when you come and vacation with us!



Donna’s Old Town Café

  • Local favorite: Breakfast buffet


The Patio

  • Local favorites: Pizzas & Desserts


Bert’s Hometown Grill

  • Local favorite: Salad bar



  • Local favorites: Homemade dip dogs & root beer floats


Sol Azteca Mexican Grill

  • Local favorite: Salsa bar


Legends and Lore Pizzeria

  • Local favorite: Sasquatch pizza



Hunter’s Bakery & Café

  • Local favorite: Reuben & sweet potatoes fries


Cup Runneth Over Coffeehouse & Sweet Station Bake Shop

  • Local favorite: CRO mocha & death by chocolate cupcake


Vittorino’s Cucina

  • Local favorite: Baked spaghetti


El Jacal: Mexican Cuisine

  • Local favorite: Chicken fajitas

Bradley’s Pit BBQ & Grill

  • Local favorite: Smoked baby back ribs


Kokita Asian Cuisine

  • Local favorite: Teriyaki chicken bowl

Sweetwater Creamery

  • Local favorite: Malted milk ice cream

Tellico Plains


Tellico Grains Bakery

  • Local favorite: Benton’s bacon wood-fired pizza


Tellico Beach Drive-In

  • Local favorite: Footlong hotdog all the way


Iron Works Grille & Pub

  • Local favorite: The Iron Works burger



  • Local favorite: Cornmeal crusted fried catfish

Papa's Pizza

  • Local favorite: Piggystix





Pizzeria Venti

  • Local favorites: Strawberry fields salad & chicken venti timpanini


Lakehouse Grill

  • Local favorite: Smoked wings


Cielito Lindo Mexican Grill

  • Local favorite: Nacho supreme


Smoke-N-Bonz BBQ

  • Local favorite: St. Louis ribs


Countryside Restaurant 

  • Local favorite: Grilled sockeye salmon


Ya Rona Craft Pizza and Cocktails

  • Local favorite: BBQ chicken pizza

Bootlegger's Roadside Ice Cream

  • Local favorite: Banana Pudding Ice Cream

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