Top 10 Favorite Restaurants in the Great Smoky Mountains
Smoky Mountain Brewery
This is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Gatlinburg. The food has always been delicious and I’ve always had great service. I try to visit the Smoky Mountain Brewery anytime that I’m in the area. Start your meal with Oven Baked Soft Pretzels served with their hot beer cheese! For your entree they have so much to choose from. From sandwiches such as the Chicken Cheese Philly, delicious burgers such as the Thunder Road Burger (my favorite), pizza, calzones, steaks, and so much more! The Smoky Mountain Brewery is a microbrewery with many beers on tap to choose from. The Smoky Mountain is tucked away in Calhoun village. It’s not directly on the main strip in Gatlinburg so if you’re not looking for it you may miss it!
As you walk down the sidewalks in Gatlinburg you will notice some delicious smells wafting through the air, including the food from Fannie Farkle’s. Fannie Farkle’s has been a Gatlinburg favorite since 1981. I remember my parents taking me to Fannie Farkle’s for a giant corndog. They still have those corndogs as well as some yummy sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions. Fannie Farkle’s is much more than good food. They also have many games and activities for the whole family.
Log Cabin Pancake House
If you are looking for breakfast in Gatlinburg be sure to visit the Log Cabin Pancake House. Tucked away off of the main strip the Log Cabin Pancake House has delicious pancakes, crepes, and other breakfast specials. But the Log Cabin Pancake House is not just about breakfast! They also serve lunch, with items such as delicious hamburgers, patty melts, and a fresh soup and salad bar.
The Peddler Steakhouse
If steak is what you want then you will want to visit The Peddler Steakhouse. The Peddler offers hand cut steaks cut at your table to your liking! Besides the delicious food the Peddler Steakhouse boasts a restaurant full of history and tradition. The building is the former home of Charles “Earl” Ogle, Sr., a fourth generation Gatlinburg merchant. The home was created from remnants of four old Sevier County cabins. In 1976 The Peddler Steakhouse acquired the home and renovated it to be opened as a restaurant. At the Peddler you can dine while over looking the river in their relaxing setting.
Huck Finn’s Catfish Shack
In my opinion a visit to Pigeon Forge is not complete without dinner at Huck Finn’s Catfish Shack! Start out your meal with all you can eat “vittles” which consist of creamy homemade coleslaw, baked white beans, choice of french fries or homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, their famous signature southern hushpuppies and dill pickles & onions slices. I have to tell you, Huck Finn’s has the best dill pickles I believe I have ever tasted! If catfish is not your cup of tea, don’t worry their menu includes items such as Golden Fried Chicken, Country Fried Steak, Grilled Chicken, Frog Legs, Fried & Grilled Shrimp, Rib eye Steak and Chicken Livers.
The Old Mill
Built in 1830, The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, TN is still running today. Visitors can dine on classic southern favorites such as country-fried steak, pot roast, and deep dish chicken pot pie. Visitors to the Old Mill can also watch meal and flour being ground by the iconic mill. Be sure to stop by the shops in the Old Mill square for jams, jellies, and other items to take home.
Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que has been serving the area for 20 years and is always a favorite of visitors and locals! The secret to the delicious meats at Bennett’s is the process of smoking the meat for up to 14 hours! From pork ribs, chopped pork, beef brisket and chicken to their large salad bar your family is sure to find something they love at Bennett’s.
**Tip–There are always coupons for Bennett’s. Be sure to check at your hotel or at brochure displays throughout the area for coupons.**
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
From breakfast to dinner, the Applewood Farmhouse never disappoints! Enjoy one of their Front Porch Sippers such as the LeConte Sunrise, a slushie blend of strawberries, pineapples, oranges, and bananas. Their extensive menu includes delicious dishes such as the Apple Julep Grilled Chicken, Country Quiche with Fresh Fruit, and Country Fried Chicken with Gravy. Be sure to try their Apple Butter or the Applewoods Apple Fritters!
Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin
If you are looking for breakfast be sure to visit Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin. Just reading the menu makes my mouth water with pancakes such as the Reese’s Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip pancake, the Wild Mountain Blueberry and the Sticky Bun pancake! Flapjack’s has more than just pancakes with dishes such as the Elkmont Egg Platters, Omelets, Campfire Skillets, and various sandwiches.
Big Daddy’s Pizzaria
At Big Daddy’s their hand-crafted, homemade dough is fired in a 550 degree brick oven. Big Daddy’s Pizzas are topped with homemade sauce and fresh ingredients. Their menu items include pizzas such as the Boo Boo Bomber, the Mamma Mia, the Bee Sting and the Porky Pie.