Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) — East Tennessee’s only representative on Yelp’s 2022 Top 100 Restaurants list is a cozy cafe nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Yelp, a crowdsourced review site for businesses across the country, released its annual list of the top 100 rated restaurants on Thursday. At #55 on the list is Elvira’s Cafe in Sevierville.
Although Elvira’s Cafe is currently closed until March 1, the restaurant is extremely popular with online reviewers and boasts a 4 1/2 star Yelp rating based on over 300 reviews.
According to a review on smokymountains.com, owner Elvira G. was originally from Siberia before coming to Tennessee in 2001. The restaurant opened in 2012 and now serves classic southern dishes and Russian pancakes.
Yelp writes that the restaurant was created to be a “home away from home” and is well-known for meals like country ham and eggs, buckwheat pancakes, French toast, the chicken salad, to name a few.
“Our cafe menu is about as fresh as it gets, with dishes made with premium organic ingredients straight from local farms,” the owner wrote on Yelp.
The quaint cafe was one of five restaurants in Tennessee to make the list along with the other four located in Nashville.
In order to compile this year’s list, Yelp first solicited user suggestions. Submissions were then ranked based on their ratings, number of reviews, and number of times they were suggested by Yelp users. The rankings were further refined with the help of Yelp’s own Community Managers (i.e. Yelp team members from different parts of the country) and a “trend expert”.
A full list of Yelp’s 2022 “Top 100 Restaurants” is available on the site’s blog.
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