Our Down-Home Smoky Mountain Dining Guide

Jul 22, 2015

Adventuring in the Smoky Mountains can muster up an appetite. Our Appalachian heritage comes paired with some of the finest down-home southern cooking in the South East. We like to play with our food around here; you'll notice we cater to all flavors of the world with a southern inspired twist. You'll find plenty of eateries along your way that are sure to help you get your fill. We have created a helpful list of delicious places to assist you with tasting the south.

Blaine's Grill And BarSmoky Mountain Dining

This dining establishment features a New Orleans-style twist on southern cuisine. Enjoy a casual dining experience with striking views of the Smoky Mountains.

Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que: Southern Smoked Meats

Bennett's Bar-B-Que in Gatlinburg is a deliciously messy time. You'll experience a casual saloon-style atmosphere with tangy, sticky and sweet sauces smothered on chicken, beef and pork fixin's.

Best Italian: A Gatlinburg Tradition

Best Italian is the go-to restaurant in Gatlinburg when you are craving garlic, red sauce and great customer service. There's just something about their warm garlic knots! Some people only come for these garlic knots, and Best Italian has the packaging down to an art. A simple, clear plastic bag filled with knots tossed in olive oil, basil, garlic and parmesan cheeses. The plastic bag traps stem to keep the knots perfectly soft allowing the olive oil to help the parmesan, basil and garlic to continually coat the knots as you transport them to your dining table. Delicious!

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

As we all love Forrest Gump, we all had a tender place in our heart for Bubba and his shrimp. At Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., you can play along with Forrest Gump trivia while sampling a shrimp smorgasbord in all the southern ways Bubba liked.

Calhoun's Restaurant

Calhoun's is located in on the park end of the Gatlinburg strip and proudly faces street side. They offer award-winning barbecued baby back ribs, well-seasoned steaks, perfectly tempered prime rib, hickory grilled chicken, Smoky Mountain catfish, beautiful layered salads and hearty sandwiches.

Cherokee Grill

Cherokee Grill is known to be Gatlinburg's great steakhouse. The ambiance of the grill is an Adirondack inspired modern feel that offers a cozy dining atmosphere. This restaurant specializes in quality steaks, fresh BBQ ribs and fresh off the spit rotisserie chicken.

Smoky Mountain Brewery

Smoky Mountain Brewery is an all around fantastic and fun dining establishment in Gatlinburg. Guests will experience a lodge atmosphere with full glass windows and a partial mountain view. Featuring wood roasted steaks hand tossed pizza pies and melty calzones, freshly baked breads, artisan sandwiches and juicy burgers. The Smoky Mountain Brewery is also a microbrewery floating with true southern flair.

Slice Pizza Bakery

Walk right up or take a load off and dine inside for one of Gatlinburg's best specialty foods, pizza! Slice Pizza Bakery offers freshly made pizzas, pretzels, and crisp salads, as well as hand-scooped and soft served ice cream and even homemade desserts.

Park Grill

Enjoy family, friendly and affordable Southern foods in a large logged lodge. Try the Award-Winning BBQ ribs or a moonshine inspired selection.

Parton's Deli

Parton's Deli has been serving the Gatlinburg area for 40 years and is still a local favorite. Enjoy a handmade deli sandwich served hot or cold and spring for the secret recipe deviled eggs!

The Peddler

The Peddler Steakhouse is one of Gatlinburg’s finest places to enjoy a juicy, hickory grilled steak. A tradition around these parts, The Peddler has been a go-to spot since the last 1970s. Dine along the river and take advantage of the enormous salad bar!

Pucker’s Sports Bar And Grill

Pucker’s was awarded Gatlinburg’s vote for best wings in town. Enjoy nightly entertainment paired with outstanding happy hour specials. Serving lunch and dinner daily.

Seasons of Ober Restaurant

Witness outstanding views of the Smoky Mountains at Seasons of Ober Restaurant. Offering lunch and dinner daily. Seasonal entertainment and classic Bavarian selections throughout the month of October to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Crockett's Breakfast Camp

Crockett's Breakfast Camp is a fun eatery in downtown Gatlinburg. The interior is that of a campsite, with reclaimed barn wood, linen tents, feed sacks, mason jars and bales of hay. The pancakes are as big as your head smothered with all things delicious. They whip up large  cathead biscuits that are big enough to share three ways and the gravy - smoky, thick and served up with perfectly crisp bacon.

Flapjack's Pancake Cabin

There's something about eating pancakes inside of a cabin; we believe it makes the syrup stand out. Flapjack's Pancake Cabin offers you morning traditions that are made from scratch. The pancakes are piled high; the meats are smoked, and crispy and the service is remarkable.

Greenbrier Restaurant

Dine in an original cabin of Gatlinburg at the Greenbrier Restaurant. The cabin was built around the 1930s and was an active lodge in the community where Mr.s Moffet served up Southern breakfasts for her guests. Now, the cabin is a renowned favorite amongst the Gatlinburg native's, and it's visitors. Considered to be of casual fine dining and offering selections you will not find anywhere else in town. This restaurant is tucked away on a mountain just off of Highway 321.

Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina

Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina in downtown Gatlinburg is a one-stop shop for fun, food, and friendly service. There is a wonderful rooftop bar where you can look up into the skies of the Smoky Mountains and count the stars amongst friends and family on the patio loungers and blue flame fire pits. World famous fajitas and margaritas reside here!

Mountain Lodge Restaurant

Cozy, southern meals decorate each table in the Mountain Lodge Restaurant in Gatlinburg. The Mountain Lodge is a local tradition and is becoming a visitor favorite over the course of the last few years. This place has what we call a southern feel with blue plates and biscuits made with grandma's love.

Pancake Pantry

The most unique and delectable restaurant in all of Gatlinburg is the Pancake Pantry. The Pancake Pantry has been in business since the early 1960s and has had a line out the door flooding the sidewalks of downtown Gatlinburg for the last 55 years. The menu consists of homegrown menu items with a vintage feel available in the forms of breakfast brunch or lunch. The French toast with cinnamon swirl syrup is a local favorite.

The Restaurant at Buckberry Creek

Dine at a higher elevation at the Restaurant at Buckberry Creek. Here you will find decadent meals full of flavor. Southern gourmet selections are feasted on by guests in an Adirondack style lodge overlooking the Smoky Mountains and the lovely Mt. LeConte.

Smoky Mountain Trout House

The Smoky Mountain Trout House has been serving the Gatlinburg area since 1975. You will enjoy the freshest rainbow trout in town. The menu also consists of steaks, chicken, and homemade desserts.

The Wild Plum Tea Room

Dine on grandmother's fine china and experience a gourmet brunch or lunch beneath a walnut tree on the backroads of Gatlinburg's Arts and Crafts Community. The creations on the Wild Plum Tea Room's menu are eloquent to recite and are always pleasing to the palate.

Cakes by Bakin' Bishop

Get a handle on your sweet tooth with a hand selected cupcake flavor paired with your choice of icing. These cupcakes are the size of a softball and are completely moist throughout.

Mel's Diner

Take a trip back in time and enjoy a handmade from scratch breakfast lunch or dinner selection inside an authentic 1950's themed Airstream!

The French dip sandwiches are melty, the burgers are juicy and the milkshakes are the creamiest in town!

Huck Finn's Catfish

Huck Finn's Catfish in Pigeon Forge is a family favorite. Taste southern selections served up family style such as country fried steak, fried chicken, hush puppies, baked beans, whipped potatoes with sawmill gravy and even frog legs!

The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area have enough selection to please the whole family. Get your fill on our down-home southern fare, sip from a mason jar, add peach to your sweet tea and smother your biscuits in the Smokies.


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