Local reviews popular, historic Sevierville restaurant
In 1925, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville weren’t much more than some farms covering the wide valley between the mountains. And it was during this period that Dr. John W. Ogle returned to his home to practice medicine. Ogle went off to study at the age of 16, setting up his practice in the Harrisburg community at the age of 21. It was there that he met and married Blanche. Soon thereafter, the Ogles moved to Pigeon Forge and Dr. Ogle set up his practice as a mountain doctor. In 1925, he purchased some land where he planted a few more trees and Five Oaks Farm was born.
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Today, Five Oaks Farm Kitchen in Sevierville (near the Pigeon Forge line) lives on near the spot where Blanche often fed the hungry. Ogle’s descendants remain behind in the business today. Jake and Taylor Ogle, partners in the Five Oaks Development Group and great-grandsons of Dr. John and Blanche, built the eatery. The restaurant operation is operated by KBS Enterprises, owned by Kirby Smith, the Ogle brothers’ cousin. A giant sign quoting Dr. John greets guests at the door, welcoming them to the farm. Family photos adorn the interior walls, and visitors are encouraged to take a minute to explore the building and get to know the family and its history.
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How is the food at Five Oaks Farm Kitchen?
Certainly, all the history in the world isn’t going to make a difference if the food isn’t up to snuff. But fortunately, Five Oaks Farm Kitchen does just that. They seem to take great pride in their offerings of traditional Southern-style home cooking with a side of great service. Five Oaks offers three main menus – breakfast, lunch and supper – and a variety of down-home mountain favorites. A dessert menu and a gluten-free menu are also available upon request.
What to order at Five Oaks Farm Kitchen for breakfast
For the Southern-style breakfast, it’s the staples you’d expect down on a farm where you started the day with a heavy meal to give you energy for the hard work ahead. The Five Oaks omelets, – made with fresh eggs – thick pancakes and thick slabs of French toast – are excellent. There’s a special place in my heart for breakfast casseroles. In addition to the traditional Southern favorites, the star of breakfast – served from 8 am to noon – is the handmade farm-size cinnamon roll. It is not for the faint of heart. However, man cannot live by cinnamon rolls alone. Breakfast entrees range from about $9.99-13.99.
What to order at Five Oaks Farm Kitchen for lunch
In comparison to breakfast, lunch is almost Spartan. Lunch menu items feature an array of sandwiches and hearty soups – including mountain favorites like soup beans and potato soup. Chicken pot pie and meatloaf are available as heartier fare. However, if you ask me, you must try the smoked bologna sandwich. The lunch entrees range from about $11.99-15.99. Desserts include Window Sill Cobbler, banana pudding, chocolate cake and those previously mentioned larger-than-life cinnamon rolls, which is what I would order.
What to order at Five Oaks Farm Kitchen for supper
The supper-time menu features individual selections from the smokehouse. Explore the smokehouse offerings with the Smokehouse Sampling, if you’re in the mood. The entree includes smoked pork butt, a quality beef brisket and pork spare ribs. Or you can order from the Farm Table menu and experience a favorite mountain meal. Fried chicken livers, sugar-cured ham steak and open-faced pot roast are all on the menu. I also like their chicken and dumplings, made with stewed chicken and dumplings made from scratch – it’s top-notch. Dinner entrees are more expensive, ranging from about $18.99-26.99.
What you should know: Parking and reservations
Parking is free and available right in front of the restaurant. You can join a waitlist online to save some time. These days, a lot of places in the mountains claim to offer an authentic mountain experience. Often, the best you can hope for is honoring the traditions, the spirit and the love that made mountain communities what they were. And Five Oaks Farm Kitchen does that exceedingly well. You won’t know what it was like to sit at Blanche’s table nearly a century ago. While that may be true, you will feel welcomed and leave nourished. And that’s pretty close in my book.
Have you visited Five Oaks Farm Kitchen? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.