Smoky Mountains – Top 10 Dining

Whether you like traditional Appalachian mountain cooking, or prefer your meals upscale and modern, visitors to the Smoky Mountains can enjoy a myriad of fresh, delicious dining with a large dose of Southern hospitality. Here, you’ll find 10 for the Smoky Mountain’s most favorite establishments:

The Old Mill Restaurant
175 Old Mill Ave., Pigeon Forge, TN

Stars: 4.5 of 5 stars
Price range: $4 – $19
Cuisines: American

Roll up your sleeves, loosen your belt and get ready for some down home cooking that will make you smile. The Old Mill Restaurant is the perfect spot for delicious Southern cooking served in family-sized portions ad is a favorite with visitors to the Smoky Mountains region.

You’ll have your choice of Southern favorites like chicken-fried steak, fresh trout, or chicken and dumplings; served with “all the fixin’s.” Breakfast is served with breakfast biscuits and gravy, grits, and homemade preserves. Dinner is served with corn fritters, salads, potatoes, and a dessert. The Old Mill has made a name for itself with its famous Slow-Cooked Green Beans, so be sure to order a side, and be sure to taste the corn fritters that so many visitors rave about. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, and one thing is certain; you will not leave The Old Mill Restaurant hungry.

Pancake Pantry
628 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

Stars: 4.0 of 5 stars
Price range: $0 – $10
Cuisines: American

The Pancake Pantry is considered the oldest and best pancake house in Tennessee, and with a menu featuring everything from peach crepes, traditional French toast, omelets, waffles, and 23 varieties of pancakes including Swiss chocolate pancakes, it is a must-visit for anyone traveling through Tennessee.

The Pancake Pantry only uses fresh ingredients, and that’s why you’ll often find customers lined up outside the door and around the building! Be patient, and within 20 minutes or so, you’ll enjoy dishes like Sugar and Spice pancakes, Caribbean pancakes with coconut and banana, as well as blueberry pancakes and orange walnut pancakes. Even more delicious are the fruit toppings like berry, apple, pineapple, and more. Many people find the prices over-inflated, but the food more than makes up for them.

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp
1103 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

Stars: 4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is home to outdoor campsite favorites like cathead biscuits, griddle cakes, and moonshine sausage with hen fruit!

Named in honor of Davey C. “Crockett” Maples, an original frontiersman and Civil War hero, the Crockett’s Breakfast Camp has delicious food and a great atmosphere. Visitors can read historical stories on the front and back and the menu, and the décor is Civil War era old Smoky mining and hunting camp. You’ll find everything from omelets, waffles with country biscuits, pancakes, even skillet trout and standard breakfast meals, all in huge portions here.

Cherokee Grill
1002 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

Stars: 4.5 of 5 stars
Price range: $10 – $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

The Cherokee Grill is a great choice for a family celebration or romantic dinner with its upscale mountain lodge décor, delicious meals, fantastic daily specials, and exquisite drinks.

This steakhouse offers fresh fish, chicken, prime rib, sandwiches, and salads. You’ll also find upscale favorites like crab stuffed mushrooms, crab bisque, baby back ribs, and blue cheese grits. The Cherokee Grill is popular, so don’t be surprised if there is a wait to be seated. The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming, the staff is friendly and courteous, and the meals are beautifully served.

J.T. Hannah’s
3214 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

Stars: 4.5 of 5 stars
Price range: $8 – $18
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Seafood, Steakhouse, Vegetarian

J.T. Hannah’s is a typical All-American restaurant with a Tennessee flair serving Appalachian hearty fare, steaks, and seafood with overflowing drinks at reasonable prices making it a perfect choice for families and larger groups.

The mountain décor is cozy and rustic, and the staff is friendly offering the kind of Southern hospitality that the staff did when J.T. Hannah opened his business in 1930. Here, you’ll find their award-winning St. Louis Spare Ribs and famous Strawberry Short Cake, along with family favorites like cheesesteak sandwiches, steak tenders, hamburgers, fajitas, pasta dishes, and soups and salads. You won’t find a long wait like you may at other restaurants in the area, and you’ll love the prices.

Loco Burro
735 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

Stars: 3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night

If you’re looking for a delicious Tex-Mex meal and perfectly-prepared margaritas in the heart of Tennessee, then you’ll love Loco Burro. This cantina offers sombreros, a bucking donkey ride, and a terrific roof-top patio with a fire pit lounge.

Loco Burro’s bright neon signs calls in all hungry visitors to try their fresh salsa and chips, bacon-wrapped shrimp with jalapeno butter, traditional fajitas, chicken nachos, beef burritos, and more. Don’t forget to check out Loco Burro’s incredible bar stools that resemble a donkey’s hind legs! Unfortunately, despite the original décor, the menu is limited and the prices are fairly steep. Staff is friendly with good customer service.

Smoky Mountain Brewery
1004 Parkway, Suite 501, Gatlinburg, TN

Stars: 4.0 of 5 stars
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Large groups

If you’re looking for a great place to stop and have a few beers after a long day of touring, then the Smoky Mountain Brewery is the right place to visit. A microbrewery with a great food, friendly staff, and reasonable prices, the Smoky Mountain Brewery is proud of its Bavarian staff and beer meisters.

You can order typical American fare like pizza, Buffalo chicken wings, and hamburgers; or try the brewery’s beer cheese and pretzels, or fried pickles. You can choose from their home-made brews like raspberry beer or any of the eight brews that they have on tap, or try the beer sampler. The Smoky Mountain Brewery has live music upstairs and the brewery makes for a great atmosphere.

Donut Friar
634 Parkway Suite 15, The Village, Gatlinburg, TN

Stars: 4.5 of 5 stars
Price range: $1 – $6
Cuisines: Donuts

If you like fresh doughnuts, then you you’ll love the Donut Friar; and if you’ve never tasted fresh donuts, then you better clear your calendar, you’re going to stay awhile at The Donut Friar.

The Donut Friar’s doughnuts are fresh and delicious, and the staff is friendly and welcoming; and that is why this small donut shop has been faithfully serving tourists and locals since 1969 and has a loyal following. The cake donuts are reasonably priced, including their award-winning cinnamon bread. Whether you stop off in the morning, or an afternoon pick-me-up, this is a great place to have amazing fresh-brewed coffee and a donut. The Donut Friar features a coffee bar with coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, and other common espresso-based drinks.

The Bullfish Grill
2441 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

Stars: 4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

If you are looking for a steakhouse that serves thick and juicy steaks, then you must try The Bullfish Grill. Known for its prime rib, filet medallions, seafood, and Key lime pie, The Bullfish Grill is a great restaurant that is certain to impress.

Specializing in “Grand Champion Angus Beef,” The Bullfish Grill has great service, friendly and courteous staff, and offers generously-sized portions. Whether you dine indoors or out, you’ll love well-appointed décor and live music on the patio. Try the famous spicy shrimp appetizer, or the 10 oz. sirloin, seafood platters, or chicken pasta, and you won’t be disappointed.

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
714 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN

Stars: 4.0 of 5 stars
Price range: $0 – $22
Cuisines: Barbecue

Roll up your sleeves BBQ lovers, you are about to taste some of Tennessee’s best BBQ while enjoying one of the best views of the Smoky Mountains.

Bennett’s has been serving hickory smoked pit barbecue for over 20 years and it shows. Whether you order shrimp, pork, chicken or beef; you’ll be licking your fingers in no time. The food is always great at Bennett’s, and you’ll love the moist and tasty pork, smokehouse chicken, and smoked sausage. The staff is always friendly and attentive, and it has a great family-friendly atmosphere. Be sure to try the famous hickory wings, or the Texan Sampler featuring baby-back ribs, beef brisket, sausage, chicken, and pulled pork. Non-barbecue will love the steaks, grilled chicken, and chili.