A Real Country Cookin' Restauant - On the Road with VNS

The Farmer's Daughter 7700 Erwin Highway

Chuckey, TN

Only open:

Fridays & Saturdays:   11:30 - 8:30  p.m.

Sundays:  11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


It's the Real Meal.  The Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant. Homemade food served ‘family-style.’ Many of us devotees call it The “Mother Church of Country Cooking,” a throw-back to the wonderful taste of real foods the way momma used to cook them ‘down home’ in Tennessee

Operated by real country cooking experts.  Located in a rural, isolated area about 8 miles from Erwin, TN and about 8 miles from Jonesborough, TN (driving there through some of the most beautiful mountain country you'll ever see, you may wonder if you are going to encounter dueling ‘banjoes’ from Deliverance), yet people drive for up to 100 miles to arrive there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

And why?  Check it out.  The dinner menu: Posted on a chalk board on the front porch. 

On a recent visit, the meats/fish offered included: Fried Chicken, Steak-n-Gravy, Country Ham, Fried Alaskan Whitefish, Fried Cajun Catfish, Chicken ’n Dumplins, Baked Buttermilk Chicken. Each table can order two entrees. [Click READ MORE below for rest of the story]

With the entrees comes all these sides: Vegetable soup, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, carrot soufflé, green beans, apple salad, fried okra, cornbread salad, cabbage, apples, soup beans, sweet & sour slaw, dill pickles, corn salad, and cornbread pudding. 

Breads included homemade yeast rolls and the best cornbread you’ve ever tasted. 

Drinks include hot or cold tea, coffee, and soft drinks. 

Then comes dessert, butterscotch pie with homemade whipped cream, mixed berry and apple cobbler with ice cream, cheesecake, coconut cream pie, peanut butter pie with chocolate drizzle. 

Service is by the most attentive young women you’ll ever meet…always happy and ready to serve your every dining wish. 

Sound like a lot to eat?  It is, but if you can’t finish the entrees or desserts you can take it home with you along with a carry out tea or coffee. 

You can order more of any side or entree or drink at no extra cost. 

And what’s the cost?  $16 per person, including tax. 

Considering the ‘gourmet’ country cookin’ vittles - everything is homemade — nothing processed or out of a can — people can’t believe it their first time at the restaurant. 

And next door is the Amish-affiliated Mountain View Country Marketfeaturing an outdoor based trailer cooking homemade donuts with the indoor store offering a massive selection of bulk foods, cornmeal, wheat, honeys, molasses, jams, jellies, beans, speciality breads, including salt-risen, sourdoughs, ryes, etc., spices, cheeses, and deli meats, cooking supplies, and much, much more

These two incredible ‘old-fashioned’ places offer uncommonly delicious foods in our present day modern, out of a ‘jar and can world.’  And if you are within 50 or so miles, well worth the drive.