Smoky Mountain Vacation Planner: Food Edition

A Smoky Mountains vacation includes all of the outdoor beauty and adventure, a large variety of great restaurants, world-class shopping, and down-home fun you can experience on your next visit to White Oak Lodge and Resort.

You already know White Oak Lodge and Resort is the best place to stay, so we’re going to focus on the other stuff, starting with the most important: FOOD!

Gatlinburg restaurants serve up everything from pancakes to barbecue, so put on your loose pants and check out some of these favorites.

Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon
Alamo is home to the oak-fired Black Angus steaks, a six-year winner of “Best Steaks” by locals. Also on the menu are soups & salads, sandwiches, seafood, chicken, and more.  This Gatlinburg restaurant is a favorite.

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
At Bennett’s you’ll find real hickory smoked Bar-B-Que beef, pork, chicken and ribs, mesquite grilled steaks and shrimp. There’s also a salad bar, homemade soup, beer, wine, and cocktails and a full breakfast menu.

Blaine’s Bar & Grill
Blaine’s Bar & Grill serves a great variety of freshly prepared meals and has one of the best views of the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
This trendy seafood, comfort food, soup, and sandwich restaurant is conveniently located on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg.

Cabin Café
Located in the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community, the restaurant serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. They also serve soups, homemade beans, sandwiches, quiche, and salads.

Calhoun’s Restaurant
The house specialty is award winning BBQ baby back ribs. Other specialties include steaks, prime rib, grilled chicken, BBQ, catfish, salads and sandwiches. Get a great view of the Parkway in their glass-enclosed seating area while enjoying the full-service bar.

The Cheese Cupboard & Hofbrauhaus Restaurant
This German cheese shop and deli is famous for its Super Reuben.


Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse
Cherokee Grill presents an upscale mountain lodge atmosphere and features fresh fish and seafood, steaks, rotisserie chicken and an assortment of appetizers, sandwiches, and salads. It’s located at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Crawdaddy’s is a Gatlinburg favorite for Seafood, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, soups and salads, and pasta.

Dick’s Last Resort
Dick’s is known for its outrageous and sarcastic servers who make eating and drinking fun for all! Serving up delicious grub, cold drinks and rowdy good times. Eat, drink, laugh.

Flying Saucer Italian Bistro
Located at the base of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, the restaurant serves New York style pizza, pasta, and calzones all made with fresh homemade ingredients. They also serve wraps, salads, wings and subs.

The Funnel Cake Company
Some say they are the world’s best funnel cakes, but is there even such a thing as a bad funnel cake!?

Greenbrier Restaurant
The mysterious legend of the Greenbrier Restaurant is well known throughout the Smokies. Better known is the cuisine. Hidden away on a hillside above Gatlinburg, this historic log cabin, built in 1939, offers a relaxed atmosphere with a woodland view through floor to ceiling windows. Enjoy tasty appetizers, succulent prime rib, mountain trout, and house specialties.

Hungry Bear BBQ
Locally owned and operated, the restaurant is just seven minutes from downtown Gatlinburg. They smoke their own meat for the freshest taste and have a variety of sauces to choose from.

Hungry Bear

Little House of Pancakes
Here’s where you’ll find some down-home cooking: Biscuits and gravy, superb pancakes, country ham, giant salads, burgers, and home-cooked vegetables served in the heart of the Smokies.

Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina
Known for its world famous fajitas and margaritas, this restaurant offers a bar, fire pit lounge, and the only rooftop patio in Gatlinburg.

Log Cabin Pancake House
Serving pancakes, French crepes, breakfast specialties, sandwiches, burgers, and country dinners.

Mellow Mushroom
Enjoy hand-tossed southern gourmet pizzas, calzones, fresh salads, made-to-order hoagies and more. Sit on the “Patio on the Parkway”. Wi-Fi is available.

No Way Jose’s Cantina
Jose’s is popular for using authentic recipes discovered years ago off the coast of Baja, Mexico. Even the tamales are hand wrapped daily in banana leaves to ensure the best taste and texture. The choicest cuts of meat and poultry are marinated for exceptional tenderness and charbroiled. Salsas and sauces are prepared from farm fresh produce.

The Peddler Restaurant
The Peddler features custom cut steaks, presented at your table by the Peddler himself and then grilled to perfection. The menu also features grilled chicken, seafood entrees and a garden-fresh salad bar. 

Smoky Mountain Trout House
Serving since 1975, this restaurant has the freshest trout in town as well as steaks, chicken, beer and wine.

Wild Plum Tea Room
Indulge in a homemade gourmet lunch in a log cabin Austrian-style tearoom. Recipes are passed down from grandmothers, aunts and uncles, fellow crafters, friends, neighbors, and the artists who start early every morning preparing the daily menu. Wild Plum is located in the Arts & Crafts Community against a beautiful mountain setting. Wine and beer is available, as well as parking and trolley stop.

Now that you’ve got your eating priorities in order, stay tuned for future lists about where to shop, where to play and more!

What’s your favorite place to eat in Gatlinburg? Give us your recommendations, below.

Victoria Hoffman

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