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Going out for lunch is one of the simple pleasures of being on vacation. The Smoky Mountains are home to a number of restaurants where you can enjoy subs and sides.
Parton’s Deli has been a fixture of the Gatlinburg Parkway since 1974. This sandwich shop delivers delicious food served with a smile. Parton’s Deli specializes in sub-style sandwiches that are heated in an old-fashioned steamer and dressed to order. Other highlights of the deli include their homemade chili dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, and lemon pound cake. The restaurant only accepts cash.
New Orleans Sandwich Company
New Orleans Sandwich Co. brings a taste of the Big Easy to Gatlinburg. Owned and operated by transplants from NOLA, this restaurant serves authentic po’ boys and muffalettas. For the uninitiated, a “po’ boy” is a traditional Louisiana sub served on French bread and a “muffaletta” is a sandwich featuring a round Sicilian sesame bread, marinated olive salad, ham, salami, mortadella, swiss cheese, and provolone. In addition to these signature sandwiches, New Orleans Sandwich Co. offers other Cajun favorites, such as jambalaya and red beans and rice.
Hofbrauhaus Restaurant is another one of the best sandwich shops in Gatlinburg. Tucked away among The Village Shops, this hidden gem is located above The Cheese Cupboard. Modeled after a quaint German pub, Hofbrauhaus celebrates its heritage with German beers, German potato salad, bratwurst, and sauerkraut. The most-buzzed-about menu item at Hofbrauhaus is the Super Reuben sandwich, which is served on a pumpernickel bread roll and features thinly sliced corned beef.
J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe
J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe is one of Gatlinburg’s newest eateries, but it has quickly established itself as a can’t-miss lunch spot. Named after the owner’s three children (J.O.E. is an acronym for James, Oscar, and Eloise) and her father (Bruce a.k.a. “Pop”), this great restaurant serves a variety of cold, toasted, and steamed subs. Popular sandwiches include the Philly cheesesteak, Italian sub, and the Buffalo chicken sub. Be sure to save room for dessert, because J.O.E. and Pop’s banana pudding is out of this world.
Old Dad’s General Store
If you’re planning to have a picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can’t beat Old Dad’s. Located near the entrance to the park, this general store and deli offers freshly made sandwiches at affordable prices. Families that prefer to make their own sandwiches can also purchase deli meats and cheeses by the pound. The store’s friendly staff will even pack your picnic for you, taking care to separate the lettuce and tomatoes in Ziploc bags so they don’t get soggy.
Pigeon Forge Deli
Situated on East Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge Deli is a little out of the way, but it is absolutely worth a visit!.This mom and pop operation bakes all of its bread in-house and uses the highest quality ingredients available. Standout sandwiches include the meatball sub, chicken salad sub, and the pot roast sub. We also highly recommend trying one of the deli’s hand-rolled soft pretzels!
A unique place to eat in Sevierville TN is Graze Burgers. This restaurant is in downtown Sevierville. They use locally sourced ingredients, and their beef is grass fed. You’ll find a classic cheeseburger topped with their signature sauce or unique burgers such as the Pistol Pete, which has bean and corn salsa, con queso, and buffalo sauce. There’s a lamb burger topped with tzatziki and olive tapenade. You’ll also find a bison burger, turkey burger, and veggie burger. Graze also serves salads and hot dogs.
Quaker Steak and Lube
Want to eat at a restaurant with a unique theme? Quaker Steak and Lube definitely has a unique theme! The place is decorated like an auto shop, with car parts and other decor lining the place. Burgers, hot wings, and beer are this restaurant’s specialty. The Lubeburger has hot sauce, sauteed mushrooms, and bleu cheese sauce served on the side. Their wings come sauced or with a dry rub. Some of the flavors include parmesan pepper, garlic, and dusted mango habanero. Quaker Steak also has steak, chicken, salads, and seafood.
Tennessee Jed’s is a craft sandwich shop. Here at Jed’s we make a variety of classic sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.We do not use Deli meats. All of our meats for our sandwiches are slow cooked overnight and roasted fresh every day. We also serve Nathan’s all beef hot dogs with a variety of fixins including our house made Coney Island style chili. For Breakfast we serve a variety of breakfast sandwiches cooked fresh to order and Biscuits and gravy served on the weekend.
For lunch, indulge in a yummy hot dog special like a bacon cheddar dog or chili cheese dog. Meat lovers will relish a Cubano pork sandwich. Jed’s will build you a barbecue, chicken salad, BLT, reuben, or turkey sandwich. Want a taste of childhood? Get the Frito pie–Fritos corn chips with chili and cheese.
Tennessee Jed’s is a fast casual counter service restaurant. We have limited indoor seating and a large dog friendly patio. Dine in or carry out.
Blue Moose Burgers and Wings
Blue Moose Burgers and Wings is a Pigeon Forge family sports grill.
Blue Moose serves a variety of casual American fare from the juiciest angus beef burgers, award winning jumbo chicken wings in 16 different flavors, hotdogs, salads and ice cold beer. Blue Moose’s inviting atmosphere and 20 flat panel televisions, make it the “spot” to catch all the games.
Mountain Edge Grill
At Mountain Edge Grill you will enjoy fresh, high-quality ingredients delicately cooked with tender loving care. They have some of the BEST Sandwiches in the area. Visitors from all over return year after year craving our amazing Rueben. Plus, freshly sliced Smoked Turkey, Cherrywood Smoked Bacon, & special Vidalia Onion Dressing combine to make their Club a favorite of the locals and visitors alike!
At Three Jimmy’s the burger selection, which comes with beer-battered onion rings, includes a Traditional Burger with lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickle on a brioche bun; Classic Patty Melt with caramelized onions, burgundy mushrooms and swiss on toasted marble rye; Jimmy’s Smokehouse with cheddar, smoked bacon, and “Rockin’ Rib Sauce” topped with onion crispers; Got The Blues with bleu cheese crumbles and caramelized onions; and The Higlander made with black angus beef burger piled with pulled pork, draped in cheddar, smothered Rockin’ Rib sauce, and crowned with onion crispers on a pillowy brioche bun.
You can customize your burger with different cheeses or by adding bacon, pulled pork, chili, coleslaw, signature mushrooms, or sautéed onions.
Local Goat is East Tennessee’s best restaurant for craft food and drinks. Our kitchen is a scratch kitchen specializing in locally sourced and sustainable foods. We make everything from scratch in our kitchen daily including our breads. Our bar specializes in local craft breweries, craft cocktails and fine wines. Our dining room is adorned with artwork produced from local artists and craftsman. Local Goat is the perfect place for any occasion.
Smoky Mountain Brewery
At Smoky Mountain Brewery no single element impacts the success of a menu more than high-quality ingredients. They start with the best quality so that the best quality is what ends up on your plate. they also strive for excellence in preparation. The only thing that will concern you is how quickly you make your food disappear.
Located in Lumberjack Square, the Smoky Mountain Brewery is convenient to both the Parkway and Wears Valley Road. Once inside, you’ll find a state of the art microbrewery that provides the perfect escape from the fast paced environment of Pigeon Forge. Situated between traffic lights 2B and 3 at Wears Valley Intersection.
Great food, 20 + TV’s and nightly entertainment make this one of the most popular and fun places to eat in the Smokies. Located in the back corner of the Shops at Walden’s Landing, look for the large grain silo!
When you stay with My Bearfoot Cabins, you will be just a short drive from all of these incredible sandwich shops in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Pat and Don Kirchhoefer, Owners