A couple of friends had tried a new place over near Sevierville Tennessee in Wears Valley off of US Hwy. 321. The reviews were quite favorable, so despite the fact that it is about an hour away from our house, we decided to give it a try… What the heck…we’re retired and anyway, it was a nice day for a drive!
Elvira’s Café is situated along side Mountain Brothers General Store in Wears Valley. This provides a shopping opportunity for those who stop at Elvira’s to have a meal. The General Store is a cut above average. One other positive about the location is that US Hwy. 321 in Wears Valley is a little off the normal tourist route in the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. While there’s enough traffic to support retailing and restaurants, Elvira’s Café is not located on one of the traffic clogged stop and go highways in this popular tourist destination…
This is Elvira’s Café… It’s located in a large inviting building and it’s obvious that the owners have spent quite a bit of money to get their business up and running.
The chalk board lists some of the dinner items served at Elvira’s Café. At the time of our visit, they only served dinner on Fridays and Saturdays…when tourist traffic in the area peaks.
The interior of the restaurant is spacious, with lots of space between tables. As you can see, it is modestly decorated but bright and cheerful. One positive is that there was a bottle of Tabasco on every table!
The restaurant has gained some positive notoriety in the area. It received an upbeat review from ‘Grub Spouse’, the restaurant reviewer who is regularly published in the Knoxville News Sentinel. You can check out his comments by clicking on http://www.knoxville.com/news/2013/mar/25/knoxville-dining-elviras-cafe-wears-valley/.
We like the open kitchen concept. The food preparation process can easily be viewed by the Elvira’s customers. We’ve been told that the owner of this center of ‘down home country cooking’ is a Russian emigrant. Go figure! Well, we are after all, the Land of Opportunity!
Now it’s time for breakfast! This is Laurie’s meal…2 eggs over easy, hash browns and bacon. An order of toast was on the side. Everything was well prepared and the bacon was good…but the portions of bacon, (2 strips), and the hash browns were on the small side.
Sorry about this sideways photo... It looks right in my album but when I entered it into the blog it appeared like this and I couldn't figure out how to reorient it. In any case, I ordered my usual…sausage patties, 2 eggs over easy, toast and hash browns. No complaints although I would have liked a few more hash browns. The sausage had a nice flavor…
Because our friend Larry, (aka. http://bigdudesramblings.blogspot.com) had given us a very favorable review of Elvira’s biscuits and sausage gravy, Laurie and I split this side dish. We have to concur with Larry’s input… This was the best biscuit and gravy we’ve had since moving to East Tennessee!
Trip Advisor’s reviewers have provided very positive feedback regarding Elvira’s Café. At my last reading, there were 60 Excellent or Very Good Reviews vs. 4 Poor and 0 Terrible Reviews. I always look for a ‘positive to negative ratio’ of around 10:1, and Elvira’s more than meets that criteria.
We did think that the prices at Elvira’s were a bit high for what we ordered. Some Trip Advisor contributors thought so too… The food was good and the service was OK too. Elvira’s Café is located at 4743 Wears Valley Road, (US Hwy. 321), near Sevierville Tennessee. Phone: 865-366-2263. They are closed on Sundays.
To check out Trip Advisor’s reviews for Elvira’s Café, just go to http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g55328-d3732865-Reviews-Elvira_s_Cafe-Sevierville_Tennessee.html. Elvira’s Café is also on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ElvirasCafe, as well as Twitter at: https://twitter.com/elviracafe1. We will return for the biscuits and gravy!!
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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave