Miss Lily's Cafe focuses on freshness, with most of its breads, dressings and desserts homemade, but the cafe also accentuates its uniqueness. "Our food doesn't all taste the same," cafe staff say. The menu provides familiar flavors but always with a twist—be it the "Hillbilly Philly," a modified version of the Philly Cheesesteak or their BLT with fried green tomatoes. Local favorites include the Foothills Fish and Grits and the shrimp and grits.

From YUMMM!, the Metro Pulse Restaurant Guide:

Nestled in the heart of the peaceful side of the Smokies, Miss Lily’s Café and Catering is one of those rare, sweet moments where good country fare gets a gourmet touch, but never loses its homegrown smile. In fact, if you dine there in the garden season, you’ll dine on the freshest of nature’s bounty because Miss Lily’s makes garden right outside the back door. It’s literally a garden-to-table restaurant—tomatoes, peas, squash, and whatever else is fresh gets picked the day you eat it.

But quality is a year round quest for this family owned café. Why else go to the trouble of baking so many of your own breads? Whether it’s rye for their popular version of the Reuben, a slice of Amish bread that just cries for sweet butter, or a real home-style corn muffin, Miss Lily’s strives to put their best on the table every day.
Locals croon about the Waldorf-style chicken salad that’s made with apples and raisins, but the café offers a wide variety of good food from fresh fish to hand-cut steaks. And don’t miss the opportunity to try the Smoky Mountain Seafood Cakes. They’re a blend of trout and crab that is formed and cooked like classic Maryland Crab Cakes—thick and lightly breaded. The trout not only adds a homegrown flavor, it also helps keep the dish light in the center. The Sunday Brunch brings together good country favorites, traditional fare, and a dollop of the epicurean for one low price—don’t overlook the Cinnamon Roll French Toast.

While you’re there, you’ll want to make sure you get in on one of the best-kept secrets in Townsend—Miss Lily’s has great barbecue. In fact, it’s worth getting to know the folks there so you can keep tabs on the time of their next BBQ blowout, an all-you-can-eat smoker-fest that may bring tears of taste-happiness to your eyes. In the very near future, Miss Lily’s will bottle and sell both their dry rub and sauce for home cooks—but you’ll still crave the atmosphere and hospitality of Miss Lily’s place and the grandeur of the Great Smoky backdrop.
Of course, you can bring the taste of Miss Lily’s food home with you in other ways. They can cater from 12 to 1,200 and feature the same kind of good food that makes their guests keep coming back for more. You might even persuade them to bring their pull-behind smoker.

It’s not hard to find good things in Townsend, but when you’re looking for something really special, turn your thoughts to Miss Lily’s. It’s a taste of heaven in the heart of a bit of heaven on Earth.

Restaurant Details

Locally Owned Wifi Patio Live Music Accepts Reservations Party Room (20+)
Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes


Day Opens Closes
Sunday 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m. 4 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. 4 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 4 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 4 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. 8 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. 8 p.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 10 a.m.
2 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m.
4 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.
4 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.
4 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.
4 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.
8 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.
8 p.m.

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