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Food for Thought: 6 Gatlinburg Restaurants You Have to Try

Incredible restaurants line the streets of Gatlinburg, providing great food and fellowship for millions of visitors each year! With so many activities on your to-do list, it’s important to fill up on a great meal to keep you going for the rest of your vacation. From breakfast to dinner, and from burgers to steaks to BBQ to traditional American fare, Gatlinburg has it all! Here are 6 Gatlinburg restaurants you have to try:

1. Log Cabin Pancake House

Log Cabin Pancake House

Pancakes! Come get your pancakes! Log Cabin Pancake House is a family owned and operated breakfast restaurant that’s been putting smiles on faces since 1976! You’ll find simple, traditional breakfast foods done right for a great price. Nothing fancy, just good food! The menu includes items like pancakes, waffles, omelets, french crepes, french toast, biscuits and gravy and sandwiches. Make sure you take advantage of the all-you-can eat biscuits and gravy! Yum!

2. Pancake Pantry

Not 1 but 2 perfect pancake places for you! Located in The Village Shops on the Gatlinburg Parkway, Pancake Pantry has been a staple in the community since 1960! Food options include pancakes, crepes, waffles, eggs, omelets and some innovative and unique meals. Pancake Pantry serves a lunch menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads every day beginning at 11:30 a.m. Drop by to experience this Gatlinburg gem that has a strong 60-plus year history of great food and service!

3. Cherokee Grill

cherokee grill

Prepare to be blown away by the highest quality tender steaks at Cherokee Grill, one of the finest Gatlinburg restaurants you’ll find! Appropriately housed in a warm and cozy upscale mountain lodge, Cherokee Grill sets the perfect mood for a romantic date night! Whatever cut you want, they have it: New York Strip, Sirloin, Filet Mignon, Ribeye and Prime Rib, plus steaks marinated in delicious sauces and even cheeses! You’ll also find a great selection of wines and microbrews.

4. The Peddler

The views are equal to the tasty food at The Peddler! Overlooking the Little Pigeon River and featuring mouth-watering steaks and a fresh salad bar that’s the talk of the town, The Peddler is an awesome all-around dining experience! Custom cut steaks make for a piece of meat that’s perfectly cooked to your liking. Other entrees include chicken, salmon, shrimp, trout and more. Don’t forget to try a satisfying dessert like hot blackberry cobbler or Peddler mud pie!

5. The Park Grill

the park grill signClassic Southern Appalachian flavors wow the crowds inside an incredibly inviting and rustic mountain lodge at The Park Grill! Conveniently located near the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this Gatlinburg restaurant has become a favorite of hungry hikers and explorers! The Park Grill serves up the freshest cuts of beef, pork, fish and chicken, while every meal comes with a fresh salad bar.

6. Bennett’s Pit BBQ

Don’t you dare visit the Smoky Mountains without grabbing some classic East Tennessee BBQ! Bennett’s Pit BBQ serves moist, tender and full of flavor pork ribs, chicken, pulled pork and beef briskets basted in Bennett’s special sauce! The meats are smoked for up to 14 hours over hickory wood to create a smoky and delightful flavor. Sauces are served warm on the side so you can decide how much you want.

These Gatlinburg restaurants are well known for providing excellent food and a great experience. If you’re searching for places that are less popular but just as delectable, check out these Smoky Mountain restaurants off the beaten path!