Ranch Cuisine re-imagined

A far cry from the classic western chuckwagon, Chef Jeb Aldrich’s High Country fare elevates ranch favorites like steaks, chops, and fish with refined techniques that balance flavor and finesse.

gourmet ribs
plate of oysters
barbecue steak and ribs
barbecue wings and ribs

Experience Our restaurant

High cuisine has found a home in the High Country at Switchback, a world-class restaurant led by Chef Jeb Aldrich. The handcrafted menu features Appalachian favorites influenced by French techniques and flavored by locally grown produce.

Share a drink

Wet your whistle with a signature cocktail or perhaps a favorite red, white, or rosé from a thoughtfully curated list of fine wines—all in the company of good friends in the warm, inviting Tack Room.

The Forge

Open-air seating, wide open views, and the open flame flavor of our wood-fired forge oven make for an unforgettable dining experience on the patio just outside Switchback.

Hitch Food Truck

Take advantage of our beautiful landscape with The Hitch food truck, a taste of the ranch on wheels. Chef Jeb and his culinary creations can be found at special events throughout our property for flavor as big as the great outdoors.

Breakfast and Lunch

We serve breakfast Fridays – Mondays, and lunch Thursdays – Sundays. View a sample of our handcrafted breakfast and lunch menus here. Please note our menu changes throughout the season as we love to showcase what’s been freshly delivered from local farmers.

Chef Jeb Aldrich

Trained in critically acclaimed restaurants across the Southeast, Chef Jeb Aldrich honed his skills in Europe before joining his father in America at 4th & Swift, and later, Tiny Lou’s, among others. At Switchback, Aldrich has created an extraordinary ranch menu of Southern Appalachian fare with European Alpine influence.

“Our techniques and location are elevated but our ingredients and hospitality are comfortably southern.”
Cataloochee Executive Chef