Some of the Best Restaurants in the Smoky Mountains

You can find plenty to do when you visit the Smoky Mountains, from traveling through
Cade’s Cove to looking out as far as the eye can see from Clingman’s Dome or enjoying the many sites and attractions available for travelers in Pigeon Forge. When exploring the area, known to many as the Gateway to the Smoky Mountains, don’t forget to try the local food.

Southern comfort food in the Smoky Mountains can range from farmhouse breakfast
classics to homemade chicken pot pie or slow-cooked barbecue. Two things you can expect when dining in the South are hearty meals and great company. You’ll learn quickly about Southern hospitality, and when you dine at a restaurant in the Smoky Mountains, you won’t leave hungry. This guide reviews some places to visit for each meal during the day so that you can add them to your travel plans. 

Breakfast Spots

Some people argue that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here are some
places where you can start the day off right.

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

The focal point of this farm is the iconic barn built in 1910 and the apple orchard that surrounds it. A true farm to table experience the whole family will love. Say yes to the apple fritters, apple butter, and enjoy other traditional breakfast choices. On the go? A family cabin pack to go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner is a popular choice for your picnic plans. 

Pancake Pantry

Pancake Pantry is the oldest pancake house in the state of Tennessee. Not only are youvisiting a piece of history, but you’re also greeted with an almost endless menu of waffles, french toast, and other breakfast selections, including more than 24 types of pancakes. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is homemade, too.

Lunch Spots

We all need a nice place to relax for a bit and refuel, these lunch spots can get you back on the trail or recharged after a day on the trails. Satisfy your craving for some Southern comfort.

Pottery House Café

This is a great place to stop for fried pickles, soup, sandwiches, homemade bread, and
more. Pottery House is known for its great sandwiches and soups, making it the perfect
spot for lunch. Pick out a piece of local pottery on your way out.

Graze Burgers

Offers all natural, grass-fed beef burgers, hand-cut Russet fries, and more! Locally sourced, farm to table ingredients. Fun atmosphere with industrial style interior. 

Buddy’s BBQ

If you’re headed to Pigeon Forge, don’t miss the chance to load up on authentic barbecue at Buddy’s BBQ. For over 20 years, Buddy’s has been slow-cooking all your favorites, from slow-smoked meats and chicken to all the Southern side dishes that make your meal come together. This is a great pit stop before you travel into Smoky Mountain National Park.

Dinner Spots

Dinner is when most travelers want to unwind and enjoy a rich, hearty meal after working up an intense appetite. These dinner spots are sure to satisfy you with large portions and regional favorites.

Seasons 101 Culinary Experience

Modern American Bistro Style. If you want to enjoy a local’s favorite, this is the best place to be. Offering high quality local ingredients, and a menu that changes with the seasons. A great upscale dinner option with rooftop lounge.

Ye Olde Steak House

If you’re looking to eat like a King, Ye Olde Steak House should top your list. It made the list of 10 Best steak houses in America and was featured on Man-v-Food. They’ve been grilling steaks to perfection since 1968. Due to limited seating call ahead.

The Old Mill Restaurant

This is one of the most popular places for locals and travelers to visit in Pigeon Forge. It features massive portion sizes, authentic Southern cuisine and a cozy environment that gives you vibes of an old-school farm-style dinner.

The Peddler

Fresh salad bar, custom cut steaks and gorgeous views of the Little Pigeon River is what keeps visitors coming back year after year. Making a visit to the Peddler in Gatlinburg a family tradition for many.

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