The Foothills Milling Company might seem to be an unassuming local restaurant on the outside. But once you step foot inside you will soon see why it is rated as one of the best restaurants in the region. This is a family-owned restaurant whose goal is to provide their guests with the ultimate in fine dining, but in a more casual setting.
A Menu to Brag About
It might seem funny that a restaurant serving dishes like Snake River Kobe Flatiron steaks and Herb Crusted Venison would be so unassuming, yet here the emphasis is not on trying to become famous, it is on preparing exceptional food for each guest, no exceptions. Whether you come in for the steak or the Creole Seared Halibut, you can always count on the food to be prepared to perfection.
Many of the dishes have a local influence, including the Herb Crusted Venison that is served with a Jack Daniels® blackberry reduction made in house. The food is so good that your chances of walking in and getting a table on most nights are pretty slim; you will have to be prepared for a wait. Your best bet is to make a reservation to ensure you can get a table.
More Than Just Great Food
Any good restaurant can cook a decent meal, but at Foothills Milling Company, the chefs take the concept of preparing a meal to all new levels. Their idea is that food should never be just about feeding your body, every meal should be an adventure. Here you will find a team of chefs who understand how to blend different flavor profiles together to create new and amazingly tasty dishes.
True to their Southern heritage, you will find grits on the menu, but not in any way you are used to eating them. They are served with a Creole white wine sauce as part of the Low Country Shrimp and Grits along with Benton’s Bacon and Cremini mushrooms.
Would You Like Wine with That?
Fast food restaurants might ask you if you want fries with your meal, but here at Foothills Milling Company, you are far more likely to be asked if you would like wine with your meal. The restaurant boasts a wine cellar that contains approximately 50 vintages including red wines from Washington, California, and Italy. There are white wines from Portugal, California, Washington, Italy, and Germany. You will also find bottles of Rosé by Michel Chapoutier from the Pays D’or France.
The food is nothing short of spectacular, the wine cellar one of the best in the area, and of course the entire staff one of the friendliest you are likely to find anywhere in Tennessee. The next time you are in Maryville, TN, be sure to make your reservations and check out one of the finest restaurants in Eastern Tennessee. You will be amazed at what the burgundy colored walls on the outside are hiding on the inside.