Favorite Restaurants In The Smoky Mountains

By Leif Palmer
Posted on May 10, 2019

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

When guests first check into one of our Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or Sevierville cabins, one of the first things we're asked for are restaurant recommendations. That's not always an easy task, because there are literally hundreds of eateries in our communities, from national chains to independently owned establishments. But here are a few of the popular places and even best-kept secrets we like to pass along:

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

A longtime favorite among locals and visitors alike, this Sevierville restaurant serves up down-home cooking for breakfast lunch and dinner, all in a serene, riverside country-farmhouse setting.

The Old Mill Restaurant

Overlooking the historic Old Mill and the Little Pigeon River, this Pigeon Forge restaurant is a visitor favorite thanks to its unique setting and its menu of classic Southern dishes served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Park Grill

A latter-day Gatlinburg dining tradition, The Park Grill serves a tempting menu of steaks and other hearty dishes in a charmingly rustic mountain-lodge atmosphere.

Best Italian Café & Pizzeria

This is one of the locals' best-kept secrets. For more than 30 years, this little eatery that's set back just off the downtown Gatlinburg Parkway has been serving authentic Italian fare in generous portions.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

This Forrest Gump-themed restaurant in downtown Gatlinburg is a fun place to sit down and absorb lots of ambiance from the movie, but it's also a great spot to absorb some of the best seafood in the Smokies.

Greenbrier Restaurant

Here's another Gatlinburg fave that dates back decades. Enjoy upscale cuisine in the charming atmosphere of a rustic mountain lodge. Some of the best food in the Smokies.

Forest Gump would eat here.
One of the locals favorite restaurants.
Leif Palmer the blogger

About Leif Palmer

Leif Palmer loves residing in east Tennessee. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.


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