Satisfy Your Comfort Food Cravings: A Gatlinburg Dining Guide

Jul 07, 2015

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The Smoky Mountains take relaxation seriously. Things work here at a slower pace, and we make sure to enjoy every crumb and morsel on our plates. When you stay in one of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals, you will be minutes from all the tastes of the Smokies! And, lucky for you, all of our cabins in Gatlinburg come with well-equipped kitchens. Don't be shy now, the South invented the doggy bag! Simply take what you can't finish back to your Gatlinburg cabin, reheat and revisit those flavors from the deck. There is just something extra special about comfort food. We have created a dining guide to help you and your taste buds out!

Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que: Southern, Smoky, and Sticky

Bennett's Bar-B-Que in Gatlinburg is a good, old-fashioned messy time. Experience a saloon-style atmosphere with friendly staff. The sauces are tangy, sticky and sweet. Smother your chicken, beef and pork with your favorite. Go on, slather up your french fries too!

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Bubba may have been better known to most as a sidekick in the famous American film, Forrest Gump. But in Gatlinburg, we know him as the shrimp master. At Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., you will enjoy shrimp in ways you have never even thought possible!

Parton's Deli: The Sandwich King of Gatlinburg

Parton's Deli, Gatlinburg's favorite lunch spot, has been serving the area now for 40 years. Enjoy a handmade deli sandwich served hot or cold served up with a dill pickle. If you're lucky, there will still be a pair of secret recipe deviled eggs with your name on it!

Cherokee Grill

Cherokee Grill, what's in a name? Everything! Cherokee Grill is famous for being Gatlinburg's great steakhouse. You will enjoy an Adirondack atmosphere with dim lighting, Native American inspired design and an open fire rotisserie spit. Cherokee Grill specializes in quality steaks and great barbecue.

Best Italian: THE Gatlinburg Tradition

If you have a soft spot for garlic, warm dough, red sauce and rippled pasta filled with cheese, you must try the Best Italian. They have the best rolls in town, better known as garlic knots!

Smoky Mountain Brewery

The Smoky Mountain Brewery offers a down home feel. Featured here is a lodge type atmosphere, micro-brewing stations providing handcrafted beer, and artisan pizzas and steaks.

Crockett's Breakfast Camp

Crockett's Breakfast Camp is a fun and interactive eatery in downtown Gatlinburg. The exterior provides the preliminary feeling of what is in store. Decorations include an industrial feel, offering rope, barn wood, retro artifacts and camping gear. This breakfast location has the largest cathead biscuits in town and skillets big enough to share!

Greenbrier Restaurant

Greenbrier Restaurant is an original cabin in Gatlinburg that was built in the 1930s. The Greenbrier was an active lodge in the community where Southern breakfasts were made from scratch for the lodge's guests. This cabin is now a favorite restaurant of Gatlinburg. You'll find Southern favorites on their menu that you can't get anywhere else in town!

Mountain Lodge Restaurant

Enjoy Southern, cozy meals at the Mountain Lodge in Gatlinburg. Mountain Lodge is a local tradition and has become of favorite for visitors . Each item is handmade with love and cooked to order.

Pancake Pantry

Everyone's favorite, Pancake Pantry, is the most unique breakfast house in all of Gatlinburg. The Pancake Pantry has been serving Gatlinburg for the past 55 years; every morning starts off the same. Be sure to get there as close to open as you can to guarantee seating!

The Wild Plum Tea Room

The Wild Plum Tea Room is an exceptional gourmet restaurant in the Arts and Crafts Community of Gatlinburg. The menu items play off the tongue and are plated on grandmother's vintage china.

Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina

Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina in downtown Gatlinburg features a wonderful rooftop bar where you can look up into the skies of the Smoky Mountains. Relax with friends and family on the patio loungers and blue flame fire pits after a delicious Latin-inspired meal. Loco Burro is the place to go for fantastic fajitas and margaritas!

The Peddler

Enjoy riverside dining in downtown Gatlinburg in a historic landmark, The Peddler Steakhouse. The Peddler offers cut to order beef selections and a rather large salad bar.

The Gatlinburg area provides a quality selection of comfort foods to please everyone in your family. Come and sip tea from a mason jar, smother your biscuits and taste genuine Tennessee hickory charcoal grilled steaks right here in the Smokies.


Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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