Dining around Big South Fork


735 Taylor Branch Rd. • Parkers Lake, KY 42634

5809 Rugby Hwy. • Rugby, TN 37733

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329 Wheeler Lane • Jamestown, TN 38556

9201 Hwy 111 • Byrdstown, TN 38549
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198 South Main St. • Whitley City, KY 42653

331 N. Main Street • Jamestown, TN 38556

2040 Sunset Dock Road • Byrdstown, TN 38549


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Bacaras Restaurant is a must dining destination in the Big South Fork. Kurt Schlegel, owner and Chef of Bacaras offers some delicious, hand cut steaks, fresh seafood, daily specials and of course his German specialties. Bacaras is truly a unique, memorable dining experience in a cozy, rustic and charming atmosphere, tucked away off a scenic windy road in Jamestown, TN, one of the gateway cities of the Big South Fork. Kurt has been serving loyal clients for over twenty years and is known to offer delicious food with great ambience. This has become an excellent place for a special occasion, first date, anniversary, birthday celebration or for those tired, hungry hikers and horseback riders. The homemade food is plentiful and everything is made from scratch, including the delicious hearty artisan bread that is made on premise. Kurt loves to cook with his fresh herbs and vegetables that he grows seasonally in his garden next to the restaurant. The flavors dance on your tongue. Kurt has a loyal following and folks drive one to two hours to delight in his awesome dishes, in a romantic, delightful setting. Some of the favorites include the 20 ounce Cowboy Steak, hand cut and grilled to perfection. Kurt loves to grill his vegetables which compliment a copious melt in your mouth piece of steak. Another favorite is the fresh grilled salmon, grilled shrimp and other fresh Atlantic seafood served with smashed potatoes, fresh vegetables or rice. October is the time to celebrate German food, German music and a great festive atmosphere. Some of “Annie’s” favorites include Wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, homemade spaetzle (German homemade noodles) and rotkraut (braised red cabbage). German cooking is dear to my (“Annie’s”) heart, as I spent many childhood summers in Southern Germany with Oma and Opa (Grandma and Grandpa) and savored the German cooking. Bacaras also offers a scrumptious Sunday brunch from 11:00 – 3:00 PM served family style and always offers slow cooked prime rib, and two other meats that might include chicken, pork and salmon or other type of fish. This is accompanied by potatoes, rice and fresh vegetables. Kurt and his fine team of servers love to make your trip to Bacaras a memorable one and love to offer great service, awesome hospitality and a delectable meal. Kurt recommends reservations, however they are not required. Bacaras is open Thursday through Saturday from 4:00 PM - until the last guest is served and Sunday Brunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Reservations can be made by phoning Bacaras at 931-879-7121.


Grey Gables Bed and Breakfast is my favorite bed and breakfast in the Big South Fork region. It is owned and operated by innkeeper, Linda Brooks Jones. Linda and her family have owned and operated Grey Gables for over 21 years and have been able to build up quite the loyal following due the beautiful Victorian setting, extremely gracious hospitality and their scrumptious breakfast - included with your overnight stay. For those with the time to listen to a story of two, Linda gladly shares her wisdom with her guests. She is a gracious lady, who genuinely enjoys serving her guests, her community and her family. Linda and her late husband, Bill were high-school sweethearts. They knew they always wanted to come back home to Rugby. Decades ago, they left St. Louis, Missouri to follow their dream of serving wonderful meals in a comfortable setting. Nestled on the outskirts of the Historic Victorian Village of Rugby, and bordering the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Grey Gables offers comfortable lodging with delicious meals and a wonderful atmosphere. The Inn offers twenty-two rooms which are furnished with Victorian and Country antiques - each room is very unique with its own personality. Many of the antiques and collectibles are from their family or the village while others are from the original Rugby settlers. Rugby has a wonderful history all its own. It was founded in 1880 by Social Reformer Thomas Hughes, who brought sons of the English gentry to seek their destiny. His social experiment would be a utopian dream but was challenged from the beginning. Though the original community never had more than 100 families, most from Europe, the social experiment failed due to the railroad not coming to the area as planned, the harsh winters and the gentry not willing to work. However, the historic village of Rugby is still very much alive today and has a certain spirit and culture. Folks who live in Rugby are searching for more out of life than the cookie cutter lifestyle of suburbia. They want a slow paced, meaningful life. Linda has cooked for thousands of families and dignitaries (including former President Jimmy Carter and his wife), catered special events, and has featured many of her favorite recipes in her first cookbook called, “The Table at Grey Gables.” The book isn’t just a cookbook with recipes for some of her favorite meals, desserts, appetizers, soups and vegetables, but it also shares a good bit of the rich history and culture. One of “Annie’s” favorites is the “Zesty Tomato Soup” served with the “Rich Butter Horn Rolls.” She has recently published a second cookbook – “A Full Table at Grey Gables”. These cookbooks can be purchased by visiting Grey Gables, by phoning Linda, or ordering information can be obtained online. Grey Gables also features special themed teas throughout the year. Just give them a call for the latest schedule. If you are looking for a great weekend getaway, call Linda to reserve your room and get ready to be spoiled. Linda and her daughter, Tiffany, and granddaughter, Kelly will pamper you with a delightful experience. It’s a great gift idea as well! Grey Gables Bed and Breakfast can be visited on line at www.rugbytn.com or give them a call at 423-628-5252. Enjoy your stay!

Grey Gables Bed and Breakfast

The Dairy Bar is an essential stop! This authentic old-fashioned diner is located in Whitley City, KY (the northeast corner of the Big South Fork) and minutes from one of “Annie’s” favorites - the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. The Dairy Bar was established in 1933 and is the heart of Whitley City. They have great authentic curbside service, delicious hamburgers, onion rings and milkshakes. The Dairy Bar has its claim to fame as being one of those “must see diners” listed in the “Eating Your Way Across Kentucky” and “101 Place to Eat in Kentucky” books. Folks drive from all over the state and the country to eat at The Dairy Bar with owner Mark often times being asked to autograph the book. The Dairy Bar brings back memories, especially for baby boomers. You could say nostalgia kicks in for some as they reminisce of sitting out in front with their special date in that gorgeous ‘57 Chevy. One of the favorites at The Dairy Bar are the “Dixie Whopper” plate - a gigantic double-decker burger with special sauce, fries and coleslaw. The coleslaw is made fresh daily, and hand scooped into the special containers by The Dairy Bar waitresses. Everything is made from scratch and the ground chuck is bought daily from a local butcher. Nothing is the prepackaged frozen stuff. In the fall and winter, make sure to indulge in a bowl of the freshly homemade soups! Mmmmmm!!! Friday nights are hopping with their fried catfish and codfish with fries, coleslaw and homemade hushpuppies. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert or just come in and have a homemade milkshake or their delicious hot fudge cake which is also made fresh every day. This is a luscious chocolate dessert oozing with hot fudge with moist devil’s food cake. Customer loyalty at The Dairy Bar is not hard to find and the ladies who work there love serving their clients and getting to know them. Many of the ladies have been there for decades! It is not unusual for two or three generations to have worked at the restaurant. These ladies know their clients and for the many folks that come to visit, the ladies make them feel extra welcome as they get to know them. In fact there are several clients that come in and the waitress knows exactly where they are going to sit and have their drink already poured, before they sit down. One patron comes in to eat at The Dairy Bar six days a week, all year round. Many come back year after year with their children and for most this is one of the highlights of the trip. Many sports teams, family reunions, and church groups make The Dairy Bar a destination or utilize the diner for their special event or the main place to have their meals. They are open for breakfast starting at 8:00 AM and close at 10:00 PM (EST) Monday through Saturday. This is a perfect day trip destination during the spring, fall or summer. Make sure to take a drive to the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, enjoy a train ride and explore some of the mining camps, delight in the gorgeous scenery along the way and stop by The Dairy Bar and experience the delicious food, southern hospitality and the memories of yesteryear. The Dairy Bar can be reached by phoning, 606-376-2124. Bon Appétit!

Dairy Bar

The Garden Grill & Custom Catering is a must to enjoy while visiting the Big South Fork region. It is family owned by Chris and Heather Harvey, lifelong residents of Jamestown, TN. Operating The Garden Grill since January 2011, they have made it into a warm, homey restaurant with good, down home cooking. The decorations have a comfortable home décor with rich painted walls and tasteful furnishings with lovely stenciled sayings throughout the restaurant. With a successful background in catering, Chris has been able to turn his love and passion for cooking (his hobby) into a business where the family all participates. Chris has learned his cooking by watching some of his favorite people and family members cook. He feels like this is one of his many talents. Chris combines his love of cooking with his full-time professional job as an RN at the local hospital; so wife, Heather and children welcome guests and manages the place when he is not there. They have a wonderful hot bar and salad bar served during the lunch hour with home cooked specialties. You might find homemade slow cooked roast, chicken, and ham or on Friday evenings - a delectable seafood buffet. The seafood buffet features a variety of seafood. You will likely find some of Chris’ favorites such as the delicious hand-breaded catfish, baked fish, shrimp, scallops, crab, clam strips or stuffed crab. Their regular patrons love their homemade cornbread fritters that look like pancakes. These are delicious with pinto beans and turnips or just as a side with your meal or salad. Annie loves their homemade tuna or chicken salad, with red grapes, celery, and onion that goes well on top of your salad. Their daughter, Kendall serves their guests and makes sure that everyone is greeted with a smile and that service is given with the courteous hospitality the south is known for. The Garden Grill has wonderful homemade desserts such as pies, cakes and a variety of cheesecakes. There is plenty of room in the purpose built gathering place for a family reunion, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or private meeting or function, to accommodate a large group. Heather loves the restaurant business and has a passion for serving her guests and making them feel welcome. One of Heather’s favorites is the grilled chicken penne, a generous helping of penne, with grilled chicken and a creamy garlic sauce. Another pleaser is the steak griller, their version of an 8 ounce rib eye steak sandwich. This monster is served with grilled onions, mushrooms and topped with melted Monterey jack cheese on sourdough bread. The Garden Grill is open six days a week, closed on Sundays. They open at 11:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM, Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday are open until 9:00 PM. Come to The Garden Grill after you get done with your horseback ride, hike, or pull that kayak out of the water. Make a special day trip up to the Big South Fork and explore the winding roads, shop at some of the neat antique and gift shops along the way and have a delicious meal at The Garden Grill. They can be reached at 931-879-2344. Bon Appétit!

Garden Grill and Custom Catering