Monday, October 10, 2011

Southern Comforts Cafe, Dandridge, Tennessee - Restaurant Review

While in Dandridge staying at the Mountain Harbor Inn for a family get away weekend, we noticed that Smokey’s BBQ had closed and a new restaurant opened up in its place called Southern Comforts Café. We grabbed a menu and decided to try them out the next night for dinner. We needed to plan ahead since Dandridge is dry but you can BYOB. I had just the B of W, actually two of Bs of W, to take with us when we went back the following day. Just in case, I even took a cork screw but the manager had one also.

Southern Comforts Cafe
The staff is very friendly and the manager goes over the top to make you feel welcome. It is a nice refreshing treat to see that they are so excited about their operation and what they offer. Too many these days don’t seem to care if you are there or not.

Fried Pickles with Ranch
The menu consists of many traditional Southern Soul food classics along with a few twists. We ordered a little of everything so we could see what they had to offer. Quite honestly, I was very excited about dinner – I love the menu! We started with an order each of Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Pickles and Fried Catfish bites for the table. My favs were the Fried Pickles with the Fried Green Tomatoes a close second. What is it about fried food!? Both of these dishes were served with a side of ranch for dipping and the tomatoes also showcased some cheese grits in the bowl. The catfish were good too I just preferred the other two dishes a bit better.

Fried Green Tomato and Cheese Grits
My wife chose the house salad is iceberg lettuce with carrots, tomatoes, cucumber slices, cheddar cheese and croutons with your choice of dressing. I elected to go with the French Onion Soup. I didn’t eat it. It was so intense with vinegar that it was inedible – the only faux pas of the meal.

Fried Chicken and Corn Meal Waffles
We all went separate directions for our entrée selections. My wife and father-in-law went for the Fried Pork Chops. They were wonderful according to both of them, but I wouldn’t know first hand since neither shared a bite with me! I went with the Half of Fried Chicken and substituted corn meal waffles with them. On the pork chop and the chicken was a golden brown crust that was fried perfectly. The chicken was very moist with good flavor but could have used a touch more spice and a little more salt. The corn meal waffles served with honey butter were amazing. For the traditional corn meal eater they are probably a little sweet but I thought they were great. My mother-in-law ordered the Black and Blue Alfredo and said it was perfect. I did get a bite and agreed that the beef, blue cheese and cheesy pasta were a wonderful combination.

Fried Pork Chops
Unfortunately we did not order dessert since the Mountain Harbor Inn provides dessert for us each night. But what I saw going to other tables tempted me enough to try and make an order with my wife making a veto at the last minute. Oh well, you win some and you lose some!

Southern Comforts Café is a good new local spot in Dandridge and will tempt you with some delicious Southern Soul food the next time you visit the quaint little town on the banks of Douglas Lake.

Contact Information
(865) 940-1616
149 East Main Street
Dandridge, TN 37725
Southern Comforts Cafe Facebook Page

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  1. Enjoyed their food last week....very good. One thing that struck me immediately about the place was the heft of the cutlery....very nice. Something you don't see in most restaurants.

  2. You have me drooling (more than usual) over the cornmeal waffles and the fried tomatoes with cheesy grits. Sounds great!

  3. I know! If you have an opportunity to get away for a night or two, Mountain Harbor Inn and Dandridge is a good choice.