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The Smoky Mountain area is home to some of the very best restaurants in East Tennessee. With hundreds of eateries to choose from, it can be hard to decide. We suggest eating where the locals eat. The are local favorite restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
Pottery House Cafe & Grille
Located across from Pigeon Forge’s historic grist mill, Pottery House Cafe & Grille is a can’t-miss destination for any getaway in the Smokies. This hugely popular restaurant serves delicious Southern fare in a charming environment. All of the food at the Pottery House Cafe is made from scratch and many of the dishes use freshly ground flour from The Old Mill. Highlights of the cafe’s menu include the quiche, French onion soup, club sandwich, catfish, and coconut cream pie. THIS IS OUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN THE AREA.
Blue Moose Burgers & Wings
Blue Moose Burgers & Wings is another one of the local favorite restaurants in Pigeon Forge. This restaurant features everything to enjoy a big game: chicken wings, burgers, and beer. Blue’s award-winning jumbo wings come in 16 flavors, including Thai Curry, Mango Habanero, Sriracha Ranch, Honey BBQ, and Sesame Ginger. The Blue Moose half pound burger includes the Steakhouse Burger, Patty Melt, and Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger.
Smokies Cuban Cafe
To experience something different on your vacation, just visit Smokies Cuban Cafe. This restaurant serves authentic Cuban cuisine in Pigeon Forge. Owned and operated by a Cuban family, the cafe has inspired a loyal following for its empanadas, Cuban sandwiches, palomilla steak, ropa vieja, and yuca. Coffee drinkers will love the restaurant’s cafe con leche, while kids will enjoy the tasty fruit smoothies.
Three Jimmy’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This local favorite restaurant has a varied menu, including Southern BBQ, pizza, salads, burgers, steak, wings, and more. On certain evenings, Three Jimmy’s has live entertainment from local bands to karaoke. Be sure to save room for dessert, because Jimmy’s cheesecake is out of this world. Upon entering the restaurant the desserts are there to view as you enter the eating area.
Parton’s Deli is a true local favorite since 1974. Parton’s serves fantastic, steamed submarine sandwiches with melted cheese and flavorful meats. Parton’s Deli also has deviled eggs, potato salad, chili dogs, and lemon pound cake. Parton’s Deli only accepts cash.
Local Goat Tavern quickly became one of the best places to eat in town. Everything at Local Goat is homemade, from freshly baked bread to freshly squeezed juices. Some favorites on the Local Goat menu include the cheese fondue, Elvis burger (topped with peanut butter, bacon, and fried bananas), Fettucine Rocco, teriyaki kabobs, and fish and chips. For dessert, you must try the crème brûlée!
Smoky Mountain Brewery
With locations in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Brewery is the perfect place to spend a night out. This restaurant is famous for its house-brewed beer and classic American food, including pizza, burgers, wings, sandwiches, salads, steaks, and pasta. Smoky Mountain Brewery has numerous TVs and regular live music performances.
Apple Barn, Restaurant, Winery, Cider Mill and More
The Apple Barn and Cider Mill General Store is one of the most popular places to visit in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. Located beside an apple orchard, the Apple Barn is legendary for its freshly squeezed cider and mouthwatering apple desserts. In addition to the Cider Mill & General Store, the Apple Valley complex also boasts a number of other shops and restaurants that make use of the orchard’s delicious apples.
Before it became the “Apple Barn,” this iconic building was just a typical rural barn used to store hay, farm equipment, and livestock. Originally constructed in 1910, the barn found a new purpose around 1980 when apple trees that were planted four years earlier started to bear fruit. The owners of the farm cleaned the barn and started selling apples from the renovated building during the fall months. Before long, the Apple Barn started selling apple cider and apple pie to great critical acclaim. Nearly 40 years later, millions of visitors have made the Apple Barn Village a can’t-miss shopping and dining destination in the Smokies.
Junction 35 Distillery & Kitchen
Another place you will want to visit is Junction 35 Distillery & Kitchen at The Mountain Mile. This is a distillery and a restaurant combined into one, so you can try their signature spirits in the distillery, such as caramel apple whiskey or jalapeño vodka. If you don’t want to try straight spirits, you can go to the bar and get them in a specialty cocktail. On the other side of the building, you’ll find Junction 35’s Kitchen that has all kinds of delicious food. If you are in the mood for comfort food, you can’t go wrong with any of the artisan mac and cheeses, like the Smokehouse Mac. They also serve smoked BBQ trays with pulled pork or baby back ribs, as well as juicy burgers and sandwiches.
From the owners of Delauder’s BBQ comes a new eatery in Gatlinburg called Damn Yankees. This restaurant will feel like a casual place where you can hang out and enjoy yourself. You’ll be able to spend time with friends and family while you enjoy playing games or listening to live music. There’s a bar to choose from over 16 types of beer on tap or your favorite cocktail. Or try a their signature cocktail. The food includes appetizers, burgers, and chicken wings. If you want to relax while you eat, Damn Yankees will be the place to go.
Smith & Son Corner Kitchen
A great place to eat in Gatlinburg TN on the Strip is Smith & Son Corner Kitchen. If you can’t decide what you’re in the mood for, this restaurant has a little bit of everything. Start out with fried okra, street tacos, nachos, or border chips. There’s salad, chicken tenders, fried chicken, and pasta. Smith & Son is known for their burgers and sandwiches. You can get all different kinds of toppings on your burgers. Some of their sandwiches include a reuben, beef brisket, and hot chicken. Entrees you can get include a BBQ platter, fried catfish, fried shrimp, chopped steak, and more.
Calhoun’s is a local chain that serves southern barbeque and steak. You can get the Calhoun’s Trio, which includes baby back ribs, pulled pork, and chicken tenders with your choice of side. You also can’t go wrong with the Ale Steak or Pork Chops. Calhoun’s also has grilled chicken, fried chicken, salads, and more. Plus, with a fully stocked bar and signature cocktails, you’ll love eating here!
Five Oaks Farm Kitchen
Another southern restaurant in Sevierville you’ll want to try at least once is Five Oaks Farm Kitchen. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so your family will be satisfied no matter what time of the day you visit. Start the day with a country breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, ham, and jumbo cinnamon rolls. For lunch or dinner, your family can enjoy tangy pork ribs, open-faced pot roast, crispy fried chicken, or fried catfish. Sides include turnip greens, coleslaw, pinto beans, corn on the cob, and much more.
At Cumberland Jack’s we start every day with fresh ingredients to create the types of food that harken back to the days when the fourth generation of settlers were carving out a living in the shadows of the mountain range that Paul and his dog Jack would climb. Go explore the beauty of these same mountains, where much has not changed since this time. We will be here when you come down with food and hospitality that welcomes the weary traveler.
You’ll want to come hungry when you dine at Cumberland Jack’s LeConte Kitchen! Our Gatlinburg restaurant menu features Southern favorites that everyone will love. From fried catfish and smoked meatloaf to ham steak and fried chicken, all of our meals are made to satisfy the mightiest of appetites.
When you stay with My Bearfoot Cabins, you will be near all of these local favorite restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Our cabins come with your choice of favorite amenities. To start planning your getaway, browse the website or contact Pat.
Don and Pat Kirchhoefer, owners