Experience Fun Dining in the Smokies
As you can see, much of our beginning blog posts on area information are based on listing areas and places visitors should visit while in the Smokies. We find this to be an efficient way of giving our readers a broad preview of what our area has to offer them most or all throughout the year; and in this article, we’ll showcase a number of restaurants that we really like in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
No matter what your tastes are, you’ll find it here in the Smokies!
* Alamo Steakhouse
The premiere steakhouse in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Alamo specializes in EVERYTHING you came to the South to enjoy – Texas-sized steaks, ribs, chicken, burgers and even some seafood items to keep things interesting! See their full menu at www.alamosteakhouse.com.
* Bennetts BBQ
Having been in the BBQ business in Sevier County for over 20 years, Bennetts has racked up in impressive amount of awards for their food and service; winning “Best Ribs, Best BBQ” again as recently as 2012. They also serve amazing chicken, sausage, catfish, pork shoulder, brisket, and more. See their full menu at www.bennetts-bbq.com.
* Mama’s Farmhouse
Mama’s is a Southern-style restaurant with a twist and a mission – to recreate the Sunday Dinner experience that was intrinsic to the South in the old days. A comfortable family atmosphere welcomes you in and invites you and all yours to a table where you are fed rounds of fried chicken, country fried steak, mashed potatoes, soup or salad, biscuits, corn bread and much more, until you’re good and full! See their full menu at www.mamasfarmhouse.com.
* Big Daddy’s
There are many pizza places in Sevier County, but few give you the creative, gourmet options that Big Daddy’s in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg give you! The menu starts with “Tuscan Pizza”, “Cuban Pizza”, the “Big Kahuna”, “Porky Pie” and more! Desert pizzas and sandwiches are also available. www.bigdaddyspizzeria.net.
* Texas Roadhouse
Hot rolls with cinnamon butter, seasoned fries with honey mustard, chicken, steaks, burgers and even a sample of free ribs if you’ve never been to a Texas Roadhouse before is just the start of what the restaurant can offer you! Locations in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. www.texasroadhouse.com.
* The Smoky Mountain Brewery
One of the area’s favorite hangouts for visitors and locals alike, the Brewery is part, well, brewery, and part restaurant specializing in ribs, wings, pizzas and half-priced pizzas on Tuesday nights, sandwiches, burgers, spaghetti and a ton of other items on the menu. http://www.smoky-mtn-brewery.com.
* The Peddler Steakhouse
How would you like a proper fancy dinner at one of Gatlinburg’s oldest restaurants where a fat, succulent steak, cooked over hickory charcoal is waiting for you next to some mountain trout or prime rib, New York cheesecake or hot blackberry cobbler. This is one of many amazing food combinations you’ll find at The Peddler Steakhouse. Wine Menu also available. http://peddlergatlinburg.com.
* The Best Italian
Not just a boastful name, “The Best Italian” proves itself to many a visitor with starting rounds of their famous “garlic knots” and continues on with some of the best homemade pizza you’ll find in the city, or Filet Tips Linguini, Chicken Linguini with White Sauce, Tenderloin Tips Marsala and more amazing Italian dishes that earned them the name on this listing. www.bestitalian.com
* North China Restaurant
North China is Gatlinburg’s only Chinese Restaurant and it is one worth visiting before you leave the mountains. North China specializes in excellent service and even better dishes of chicken lo mein, beef, General Tso’s, hunan beef and more. Located on River Road just behind the main downtown strip.
* Greenbrier Restaurant
If ever you needed to find a restaurant with a real mountain atmosphere in Gatlinburg; off the beaten path but offering some of the highest quality and highest class surroundings with views of the Smokies off in the distance, Greenbrier is where you want to go. Tucked back in the greenery like an exclusive secret, romantic dinners and special occasions are what Greenbrier is all about! www.greenbrierrestaurant.com.
* Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse
Pigeon Forge has an awesome Japanese hibachi restaurant almost center of downtown with Kinkaku. An extremely talented chef will come and cook your dinner in front of you – your choice of chicken teriyaki, steak, shrimp, scallop, filet mignon, tuna, lobster and much more! www.pigeonforgejapanese.com
* Three Jimmys
Drive by Three Jimmys on Glades Road next to Family Dollar on Highway 321 (Gatlinburg) and you’re sure to see a mostly full parking lot at any given night of the week. That’s how good this restaurant and bar has been in just under a year of service! Serves lunch and dinner, offers live music, entertainment, covered outdoor patio, catering services, banquet room rental, and the best beer for miles around! www.threejimmys.com.
* Huck Finn’s Catfish
Now here’s a Southern food restaurant with a twist – you order your entree of Catfish, Fried Chicken, Country Fried Steak, Gator Tail Dinner, Shrimp, Rainbow Trout and many other excellent lunch and dinner plates, and then you get endless helpings of “vittles” (hush puppies, beans, dill pickles, cole slaw and more) to go with them. It’s one of the most creative and fun restaurants in downtown Pigeon Forge! www.huckfinnsrestaurant.com
* Jt Hannah’s Kitchen
Located in central downtown Pigeon Forge, JT Hannahs offers a subdued atmosphere based on one of the city’s past cornerstone figures and a little something for everyone. If you’ve got a group that all want either soups, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, chicken or seafood, bring them to JT Hannahs and everyone will be more than satisfied!www.jthannahs.com.
Might be a bit presumptuous to call Cheddars in downtown Pigeon Forge the biggest restaurant hit there in the past 5 years, but seeing how many visitors they pull in everyday and how awesome their dishes are, the truth wouldn’t be an inch off! The service, atmosphere, prices and most definitely the food are worth the hype at Cheddars, and you shouldn’t leave town without trying their Lemon Pepper Chicken, Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Baked Spasagna, Grilled Salmon or their Chicken and Waffles.www.cheddars.com
* Asian Fusion Cafe
Located near Krogers and the Pigeon Forge Community Center, Asian Fusion Cafe can easily be missed and definitely shouldn’t be for fans of high quality, portion controlled Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Malaysian dishes. Hibachi dinners, import and domestic beers, Bento boxes and lots of noodles await you at Asian Fusion Cafe.http://dininginthesmokies.com/_menus/pf/fusian-cafe-pigeon-forge-menu.pdf
* Captain Jim’s Seafood Buffet
We have more than a few buffets to choose from in Pigeon Forge, but only one seafood buffet as of writing – courtesy of Captain Jim. Features “All You Can Eat” crab legs, domestic and import beer/liquor, fried oysters, calamari, butterfly shrimp, chicken tenders, hushpuppies, flounder, catfish and much more.http://www.captainjimsseafoodbuffet.com/
* Carriage House Restaurant
A quality restaurant of a slightly fancier variety, Carriage House is a perfect consideration for dates, casual dining, family dining, family reunion dining, and just about any reason you would need to go out for food. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and all the traditional Southern and casual favorites you’re looking for – ribeye steak sandwich, grouper fish sandwich, country ham steak, grilled pork chops, spaghetti, chicken buckets and much more! http://dininginthesmokies.com/_townsen/aacarria.htm
* Trailhead Steakhouse
The Smoky Mountains of Townsend, Tennessee are built off of the river culture, and what better way to explore that culture that having some quality Tennessee trout to look forward to? The Trailhead Steak and Trout House is the right touch of casual and decent, good for a date, birthday outing, social gathering or any occasion you’d like to try the best steaks and seafood in the area! www.trailheadsteakhouse.com
* Riverstone Family Restaurant
A small restaurant in Townsend, Tennessee, with a big menu and an even bigger taste! Riverstone Family Restaurant has something for everyone whether you’re looking to satisfy a casual or very specific kind of hunger craving. Over a dozen different kinds of sandwiches and twice times a dozen entries for lunch, dinner and breakfast await the family who comes to eat at Riverstone Family Restaurant – and how many places in Tennessee do you know serve frog legs as an appetizer?www.riverstonefamilyrestaurant.com
* Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina
How many Mexican restaurants in Gatlinburg let you eat and party on the rooftop overlooking the entire city? Loco Burro is also unique in that you need to use an escalator to get there, and once you complete the mechanical climb, you’ll find delicious, authentic Mexican dishes such as El Toro brisket and beans burritos, grilled chicken, steak, chicken AND steak fajitas, chimichangas of multiple varieties, seafood enchiladas and quite a lot more. Bring an appetite and a thirst because the plates are big and the drinks can be HUGE. www.locoburro.com
* Mountain Edge Grill
A simple restaurant with a lovely atmosphere and an awesome focused selection of dishes is what you can expect from The Mountain Edge Grill. The setting is a ski lodge, there are multiple sporting events that can be seen on the TVs, and your lunch could include the best hamburger, pulled pork BBQ sandwich, fried shrimp dinner, philly beef sandwich, BLT or gourmet pizza in Gatlinburg – among other delights. www.mtnedge.com.
* Smoky Mountain Trout House
One of the longest serving seafood restaurants in Gatlinburg, the Smoky Mountain Trout House is THE authority on Southern/Tennessee fish dinners in the city. Serves Grilled Rainbow Trout, Broiled Mountain Rainbow Trout, Parmesan Trout, Dilly Trout, Trout Almondine, Pan Crisy Fried Whole Rainbow Trout – pretty much every trout dish you’ve ever wanted to try. http://www.gatlinburgtrouthouse.com
* Sawyer’s Farmhouse Breakfast
Some things in life are worth waking up early for and Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant in Pigeon Forge is one of them! Sawyer’s serves eight kinds of pancakes, seven kinds of waffles, French toast, biscuits and gravy, seven kinds of egg breakfast platters, eleven kinds of crepes and much more for lunch. You’ll be glad you went to bed early when you taste what Sawyer’s serves! http://sawyersbreakfast.com
* Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
A highly hyped up restaurant that lives up to it can be found at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Paula Deen personally opened this restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes chicken and waffles, creamy hashbrown casserole, beef pot roast, Georgia fried catfish, ooey gooey butter cake, “Best Ever” Southern Fried Chicken and much more. You’ll see why this restaurant is a big deal when you stop in. www.pauladeensfamilykitchen.com.
* Harpoon Harry’s Crab House
Probably the biggest seafood restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Harpoon Harry’s Crab House is a great place for dinner with the guys, dinner with the gals, and other kinds of associated congregations. Serves dishes like Shrimp Cavatappi Pasta, Pan Seared Sea Scallops, Rainbow Trout with Pecans, Shrimp Pot Pie, Snow Crab, and non-seafood entrees like Filet Mignon, Applewood Smoked Porn Loin, Ribeye and more you can see at www.harpoonharryscrabhouse.com.
* The Ship English Pub
Back after a several year hiatus with the original owners and even the original decor, The Ship returns to bring a touch of English culture to the already classy Arts and Crafts Community. Besides offering British favorites like bangers and mash, fish and chips, cottage pie, chicken and mushroom pie and steak and Guinness pie, The Ship offers something for everyone and additional dishes include burgers, pizza, calzones, pulled pork sandwiches, corned beef and swiss, club sandwiches, chicken tenders and more.www.ship-pub.com.