For fans of Southern delicacies, the Smoky Mountains are the proverbial lands of milk and honey. So many excellent places for family dining, casual dining and date night dining exist, both new visitors and locals who have been here for more than 20 years often don’t know where to start when the need hits. Beyond that, our palette grows wider in variety with each passing season as well, and fans of Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, German, Mexican foods and other nationalities will find something they’ll want to remember here as well.
So where does one start at looking for a better organized collection of more detailed restaurant recommendations than Google can offer? Well, why not here?
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.
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 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.
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.
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. 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. www.peddlergatlinburg.com.
When you drive down the main street and, at any given day during the morning, you see a line from the outside of the door extending around to the inside of the Village just to get in and EAT, you know you’re looking at the best pancake restaurant in the city! Chocolate chip pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, cherry waffles, pecan waffles, western omelettes, breakfast cereals with banana slices and much more! www.pancakepantry.com
Man alive, you haven’t eaten the best in the Smokies until you’ve eaten at Three Jimmy’s in Gatlinburg near the Arts and Crafts Community. Favorite dishes include award-winning wings, brick-oven pizza, Champagne Chicken, Sirloin, Artisan Cut Shoulder Tender, Back Baby Ribs and much more. http://threejimmys.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.
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
A fan-favorite and a burst of color for the restaurant scene in the Smokies, Mellow Mushroom is a pizza restaurant offering pies with illustrious names like “Funky Q Chicken” “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Kosmic Karma”, “Mega Veggie”, “Mellowterranean” and more. Located on the parkways of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. http://mellowmushroom.com/store/pigeonforge
Sakura Japanese Restaurant
One of the few lunch buffets in town offering Chinese, sushi, and Japanese hibachi all under one roof, Sakura on the parkway in Sevierville has items you can’t find anywhere else and plenty of all your favorites. Well worth visiting at least once during your stay in the Smokies!
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
Previously Black Bear Grill, Crystelle Creek may seem like a new restaurant to returning visitors, but it’s largely the same high quality food, service, and romantic atmosphere subdued by the surrounding mountain wall and babbling brook underneath. If you’re new to restaurant altogether, come expecting wonderful dishes containing Steak Burgers, Catfish, Ribeye Steaks, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Fried Chicken and much more! www.crystellecreek.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. www.captainjimsseafoodbuffet.com