By Darryl Payne
Posted on May 4, 2010
Part of the fun of traveling is experiencing local cuisine. It's amazing to discover how dishes have an entirely different flavor from region to region. Your curious side won't be disappointed when you visit some of the creative restaurants found in the Smoky Mountains.
From home cookin' to root beer floats and burgers, the Smokies offer several fun restaurants that deliver more than just good food. You'll enjoy the atmosphere as much as the meal.
Smoky Mountain Brewery
This Gatlinburg restaurant fits its surroundings. A lodge-type setting, the Smoky Mountain Brewery is a timbered building that looks the part of a Smokies getaway. Overlooking Calhoun's Village and the mountains themselves, you and your family can enjoy exceptional cuisine and gorgeous scenery.
You'll savor award-winning micro-brewed beer as well as a wide variety of food including pizza, calzones, subs, sandwiches and more. Smoky Mountain Brewery also has locations in Pigeon Forge and Turkey Creek.
From the moment you arrive at this charming place, you'll feel as though you're pulling up to Grandma's on a Sunday afternoon. The front porch is so welcoming as are the people who'll greet and seat you. Comfortable and familiar, Applewood Farmhouse is set amid an apple orchard (thus the name). This fresh fruit finds its way into many recipes including homemade apple butter, apple muffins and apple fritters.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; you'll find comfort foods everybody loves. Start your day with enormous helpings of farm-fresh eggs cooked to order, country sausage or bacon, or applewood-smoked pork loin and more. Lunch offers favorites such as country meatloaf, chicken potpie, applewood-smoked pork loin and old-fashioned chicken and dumplings. You'll find this local favorite in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
A&W All American Drive-In
Welcome to the home of the very first root beer float. What fun for the entire family to eat at an authentic drive-in. Pull on up and place your order right from your car. Your carhop will quickly serve you some of America's best-loved drive-in food including juicy burgers, hotdogs, onion rings, chili cheese fries and - of course - root beer floats. It's truly a nostalgic event for you and your kids.
While you can find the occasional restaurant that serves meals in cars; most children (and many adults) have never had the opportunity to dine this way. Whether you want a meal or just a creamy hand-dipped milkshake or hot fudge sundae, cruise on in today. A&W is located in Pigeon Forge near Tanger Five Oaks shopping center.
If you love bar-b-que, there's really only one place to eat in the Smoky Mountains. Bennett's Bar-B-Que is an award-winning restaurant that's consistently voted "Best Ribs," Best BBQ," "Best Breakfast" and more. Whether you crave hickory-smoked beef, pork, chicken or ribs, you'll find it all at Bennett's.
Offering southern favorites like fried green tomatoes and fried okra to get you started, your lunch or dinner will fill you to the brim with BBQ beef brisket, pork shoulder, spareribs, baby back ribs, chicken and much more. Of course, you'll also get the expected side items including crispy hush puppies, creamy coleslaw, brown sugar baked beans and others. Breakfast presents an outstanding bar with over 50 items to choose from. Visit Bennett's in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg… you won't leave hungry!
Whether you're coming to the Smokies for a weekend or longer, you'll want to make a point to stop at these popular eateries for some of the most delicious cooking you've ever tasted. You'll love the Smoky Mountain food as much as the Smokies themselves.
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.