Gatlinburg Restaurants that Fill Your Tummy But Don’t Empty Your Pocket

Gatlinburg Restaurants that Fill Your Tummy But Don’t Empty Your Pocket


Family vacations in Gatlinburg are affordable, fun, and active. With plenty of great outdoor activity like hiking, fishing, and biking as well as unique entertainment options like Ripley’s Museum Series and Ober Gatlinburg, there is no end to the fun in sight.


That said, part of any great vacation is the opportunity to dip into the local culture and live and dine as the locals do! When planning your trip to the Smokies, you’ve probably already mapped out your hikes and adventure spots, but don't’ forget to add a trip to downtown Gatlinburg  to enjoy some of the area’s finest restaurants. Many of the local hot spots are in close proximity to the Gatlinburg cabin rentals and you’ll find them to be affordable and delicious! Here are a few of the local favorites:


Time for some Tennessee Famous BBQ

Barbecue is a Tennessee past time and one of the traditional dinner genres of the south. Specializing in fresh ground burgers, home cooked sides, and an eclectic mix of local beers and brews you can’t go wrong with Calhoun’s BBQ.


Located around the corner from many of the best Gatlinburg cabin rentals they boast a lovely kids menu too so the whole family can eat with ease. Additionally, family style portions are a great way to save on costs. All family feed packs at Calhoun’s include your choice of barbecue protein, the joint’s famous baked beans, a bin of tasty coleslaw and plates and napkins if you choose to dine picnic style. You really can’t go wrong with this Tennessee favorite!

On the Lighter Side

If you and the fam are looking for something quick and satisfying between meals or after a long hike you’re in the right corner! Nectar Juice Bar is a locally sourced organic smoothie shop. The menu is jam packed with delicious concoctions sourced from a variety of ingredients including fruits, veggies, and local herbs.  Grabbing a smoothie on the go is a low-cost way to fill your tummy when enjoying family vacations in Gatlinburg.


A Little Something for Everyone


Interested in something low-key that satisfies any craving? Split Rail Eats is a local joint that offers indoor and outdoor seating. They also have an exhaustive menu that includes a variety of cuisines. From burgers to gyros to shapley pastas the diner has something for everyone. Best of all, the restaurant is listed as inexpensive and can be enjoyed by any budget!


Time to Start Planning!


As you can see, family vacations in Gatlinburg don’t have to break the bank. The Smokies offer a low-cost alternative to more expensive resort vacations while still providing breathtaking scenery, a laundry list of attractions, and delicious low-cost diners.


That said,  no vacation to the Smokies would be complete without top-notch lodging close to all the action. The Gatlinburg cabin rentals at Diamond Mountain Rentals offer a wide range of options suitable for any travel group. Whether you’re traveling solo and seeking a one bedroom abode (like Tina Marie’s) or need space for the whole family  (check out Creekside Downtown or Heart of the Smokies) we’ve got you covered! Call today!

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