By Darryl Payne
Posted on September 13, 2017
Between hiking, zip lining, shopping, and all of the other fun activities in the Great Smoky Mountains, you're going to work up quite an appetite. Fortunately, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have hundreds of amazing restaurants to explore. Food choices in the Smokies run the gamut from traditional southern barbecue to international cuisine and vegetarian-friendly eateries. Whatever sounds good, we've got it.
Pigeon Forge Deli
The owners of this humble Pigeon Forge restaurant have one mission: Make the best sandwiches in the Smokies. The lure of homemade bread, fresh ingredients, and the perfect harmony of flavors has people driving hours out of their way to visit the Pigeon Forge Deli. Choose your own bread and fillings, or pick from signature subs such as Pizza Loaf or Pot Roast with mashed potatoes and gravy inside.
Sawyer's Farmhouse Restaurant
Breakfast is a big deal in the mountains, and Sawyer's Farmhouse Restaurant is a favorite place to start the day. It's hard to decide between the crepes, Belgian waffles, and made-from-scratch pancakes with whipped butter and homemade syrup, but you can't go wrong whatever you choose. Sawyer's serves breakfast all day long, but they have a full lunch menu as well.
The Pottery House Café and Grille
This hidden gem is tucked away by The Old Mill Restaurant. The portions of southern comfort food are generous, the ambiance is cozy, and the food never fails to be delicious. There can be a wait, but wandering around the beautiful garden and shop makes the time fly.
The Old Mill Restaurant
Near the Pottery House Café, you'll find the famous Old Mill Restaurant, where you'll enjoy traditional southern hospitality and classic southern dishes such as biscuits, country-fried steak, and chicken and dumplings. While you wait for a table, browse their General Store to stock up on mixes for gravy, muffins, biscuits, and soups.
Local Goat New American Restaurant
Local Goat is a farm-to-table restaurant with a huge menu. You can make a wonderful meal of appetizers, lighten up with a crispy salad, or indulge in the best burgers or wings in Pigeon Forge.
Smokies Cuban Café
If you haven't had Cuban food, you're in for a treat. Smokies Cuban Café serves traditional Cuban dishes such as empanadas, fried plantains, yucca fries, and Cuban sandwiches. Gear up for your busy afternoon with a strong Cuban coffee or Café con Leche. Prices are reasonable and service is friendly.
Crockett's Breakfast Camp
Breakfast is an art form at Crockett's Breakfast Camp - they even use Aretha Franklin's secret recipe for their pancakes. Everything at Crockett's is kicked up just a notch. What's better than a cinnamon roll? A fried cinnamon roll. What's better than bacon? Pecan smoked bacon. The menu is gargantuan, but you might want to try the Waffle of Insane Greatness.
If a steak is on your radar, look no further than the Cherokee Grill. You'll find all of your favorites, plus interesting sides such as blue cheese grits, baked macaroni and cheese, and roasted acorn squash. The Cherokee Grill has a lovely ambiance, so it's nice for a special night out.
Taste of Italy
Sometimes nothing will do but hearty Italian food, and Taste of Italy is the best place to get it. Customers rave about the decadent flavors, huge portions, and welcoming service. The restaurant is a little off the beaten path, so travelers are often surprised to find an authentic Italian trattoria tucked away in the Smokies. Their house-made garlic knots are Instagram worthy, as are their pizzas.
Crystelle Creek Grill
Crystelle Creek Restaurant and Grill is a family-friendly restaurant that also manages to be one of the most romantic restaurants in the area. Visit Crystelle Creek for fresh trout and seafood, or steaks, ribs, and barbecue.
This eatery pulls off its dual personality via two separate dining areas: One features live entertainment that goes nicely with a dinner for two, and the other is an enclosed "sports porch." The sports porch is dog friendly and heated in winter. Wherever you choose, the wooded views are tranquil. Make time for a stroll around the property to take in the creek, the koi pond, and a 150-foot lighted tree.
Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show
Of course, no dinner discussion would be complete without a mention of the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud. This all-you-can-eat buffet comes with a full homestyle feast including fried chicken, pork barbecue, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, homemade bread, "No Tellin' What's In It Coleslaw," and specialty desserts.
Dinner is just the opening act, however. After-dinner visitors witness the hilarious continuation of the long-running feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. The feuds take place via singing, dancing, strength competitions, comedy, and stunts.
Planning a visit to the Smokies? Come hungry! From Cuban to Caribbean and barbecue to biscuits, our many restaurants have something for everyone.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.