Favorite Restaurants In The Smokies

Posted by Leif Palmer in Places to Eat

Bubba Gumps in Gatlinburg

When guest inquire about 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.

Flapjack's Pancake Cabin

With six locations throughout the area, this spot is a great place to start the day with pancakes, waffles, eggs and all the usual morning fare. The good thing is, they serve it all day.

Hard Rock Café

This Gatlinburg theme restaurant showcases the history of rock and roll thanks to hundreds of authentic relics from rock's glory days. Oh, and the food is pretty rockin' too.

Lineberger's Seafood

This downtown Gatlinburg institution has been going strong for decades and decades thanks to a wide selection of fresh from-the-sea fare like lobster, crabs, shrimp and even local trout.

Five Oaks Farm Kitchen

A grand experience in down home country cooking. All your favorites are here including pork ribs, beef short ribs, griddle cakes with all the toppings and much more. A must stop if you are in Pigeon Forge.

If you're staying in a cabin in Pigeon Forge, TN, you'll have all the facilities and utensils at hand to prepare meals on your own. But there will also be times when you'll want to venture out and sample some of the Smokies' favorite cuisine.

Fresh coffee at Five Oaks
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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