Themed Dining in Gatlinburg

Feb 10, 2012

Hungry? When visiting Gatlinburg, you’ll find dozens and dozens of dining options, from fast food to fine dining and local restaurants to national chains. How do you decide where to go? Here are a few suggestions for eateries that have good food and also a solid, established theme that will engage senses besides the one of taste.

• Bubbba Gump Shrimp Co.
If you liked the movie Forrest Gump, you’ll love this restaurant on the downtown Parkway, where the movie comes to life through fun memorabilia, and your taste buds will come alive to the flavors of a wide variety of shrimp dishes, of course, as well as other seafood delights.

• The Park Grill
The mighty hand-hewn timbers that make up this Parkway eatery have a mountain lodge feel, which is appropriate since Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only a stone’s throw away. Dine on steaks, chicken and regional recipes like Smoky Mountain trout.

• Hard Rock Café
Experience the entire history of rock and roll—the sights, the sounds, the smells—inside this restaurant, where the food rocks as much as the décor.

• Best Italian Café
A local favorite since 1976, this Mediterranean café serves Italian cuisine that’s delicioso, from their famous garlic rolls to the pizza and other gooey, cheesy entrees.

In most cases, you’ll enjoy dining in, but if you want to just try the food, get an order to go and enjoy it in the comfort of one of our Gatlinburg, TN, cabin rentals.



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Doug Shanks

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By Doug Shanks a Google Local Guide 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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