Where Do Locals Eat in the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains are known for a lot of amazing things like beautiful views, breathtaking nature experiences, and unforgettable attractions. The Smoky Mountains are one of the most unique destinations in the world. One of the area’s best qualities, though, is its vast options of cuisine and food choices. Because it’s one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations there are many options in the Smokies, and we’re going to take a look at some of the hidden eateries for great food

Frank Allen’s Market

930 Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862
Frank Allen’s Market and Grill is a local staple of Sevier County and the Great Smoky Mountains. Opened in 1953, the local grill offers classic food choices. Dolly Parton personally tries the one and only slaw dog when she’s in town. Dolly is a huge fan. Frank Allen’s never uses frozen meat, and always chooses the freshest ingredients to bring the best quality food to their customers. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Head to Frank Allen’s Market on the Parkway in Sevierville to taste what has been voted Sevier County’s best burgers for over 7 years!

Lil Black Bear Café

3068 Veterans Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN

Lil Black Bear Café is a small breakfast and lunch destination in Pigeon Forge serving delicious food. You can enjoy sandwiches, subs and burgers. This wonderful establishment also offers bologna and all beef hot dogs. Prices are reasonable, but they close at 2PM, so be certain to get there before then. 

Nino’s Pizzeria and Eatery

105 Long Springs Rd Sevierville, TN
Nino’s Pizzeria was started in 2014 desiring to serve authentic Italian food in the Smoky Mountains. Located in Sevierville on Long Springs Rd., you can find authentically prepared pizza, lasagna, and even cheesecake to satisfy your hunger. See why this is an absolute local favorite in the Great Smoky Mountains on your visit.

Smokies Cuban Cafe

3526 Parkway #4 Pigeon Forge, TN
Located in Pigeon Forge near stoplight #7/#8, Smokies Cuban Cafe has been serving authentic Cuban cuisine for over 6 years in the Smoky Mountains.  This restaurant serves up authentic Cuban sandwiches, steak sandwiches, and delicious Cuban-style coffee. The owners come from Miami, and know how to make your experience as authentic and delicious as possible. Be sure to stop by today and experience the most unique dining experiences in the Smokies.

Friendly Falls

2135 Wears Valley Rd Sevierville, TN
One of the most unique things to see in the Smokies is Friendly Falls. They have great snacks and activities that will leave you far from disappointed! Whether you’ve had a long day hiking and want to relax, or if you’re looking for a unique place to unwind, Friendly Falls has everything you need to experience relaxation and comfort in the Smoky Mountains. Grab local smoked trout, or delicious nachos. Vegetarian options are also available, as well as ice cold drinks. In addition to the food, Friendly Falls has its very own gem mining experience, a souvenir shop featuring unique gems, stones, and other items, plus its own waterfall! You can find Friendly Falls on Wears Valley Rd. in Pigeon Forge. Be sure to stop by today to see what makes this place so unique!

Preacher’s Smokehouse

2929 Pittman Center Rd Sevierville, TN
Preacher’s Smokehouse is a newer addition to the many places to eat around here, opening in April 2017 as a ministry for over 5 years. When the November 2016 wildfires occurred, this ministry was one of the first to act in response. They cooked meals for the volunteers of the local Rescue Squad. So it began, and today they continue to serve folks in the area after opening a quality establishment serving up quality food. Meats and delicious sides are offered and the ribs are the best available in the area by many locals. Visit them on Pittman Center Rd. near the intersection of Birds Creek Rd. to experience it yourself!

These great eateries in the Smoky Mountains may not be that well-known, but they definitely deliver amazing food and excellent service. When staying with My Bearfoot Cabins stop by one of these unique places to eat.
Pat and Don Kirchhoefer, owners
618-559-3915
pat@mybearfootcabins.com

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