Fall in love with Cookie Jar Cafe

Fall in love with Cookie Jar Cafe

January 8th, 2017 by Sunny Montgomery in Dining Out - Features

COOKIE JAR CAFÉ

Address: 1887 Kelly Cross Road in Dunlap

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST. Closed Sunday-Monday

Phone: 423-949-5852

Grilled Catfish at Cookie Jar Café. (Photo by Mark Gilliland)

Grilled Catfish at Cookie Jar Café. (Photo by...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Pork chops and sides at Cookie Jar Café. (Photo by Mark Gilliland)

Pork chops and sides at Cookie Jar Café....

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Cookie Jar Café has lots of love to give. The place is as full of heart as its triple-layered German chocolate cake is hearty, and as sweet as its cherry delight — the café's own decadent take on cherry cheesecake.

Yes, Cookie Jar is already looking forward to Valentine's Day, which, owner Sue Ann Lockhart reminded me, is right around the corner. This year, for the first time, Cookie Jar will take reservations for Valentine's Day dinners.

The drive itself is rather romantic. North on Highway 111, past cedar glades, farmlands and sweeping overlooks of the Sequatchie Valley, the farmhouse-style café is located on a picturesque family farm. Its wraparound porch, bedecked with wooden rockers, peers out onto a pasture of dairy cows and rustic-looking silos.

And Cookie Jar's menu is as down-home as its location. There are classic Southern comfort foods such as fried chicken livers, grilled meatloaf and rib-eye steaks.

"Our grilled fishes are a great entrée to have if you are watching your intake in the new year!" Sue Ann said. "Grilled catfish and tilapia are the two that we offer. Along with salmon sometimes."

The restaurant's vegetable plate, for which you may choose four sides, is also a great way to go healthy. Sides may include creamed corn, fried okra, peaches, sliced tomatoes and many other options.

Of course, this would not be a true love story without a little indulgence, so be sure to save room for dessert. All of Cookie Jar's sweets — including pies, tortes, cakes and cupcakes — are scratch-made and served either whole or by the slice. Available flavors are lemon meringue, Italian crème, fresh strawberry, chocolate torte and many more.

Indeed, Cookie Jar's dessert selection is vast, much like the amount of love it has to give.


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