Eat Your Way Across the Smoky Mountains

What’s on the menu in the Smokies? For breakfast, pancakes are a popular staple in the mountains. At lunchtime, savory plates of tender catfish with all the fixins are in demand. In these parts, trout is king, and you can find it on the dinner menu at many restaurants throughout Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Of course, burgers and chicken dishes can be ordered no matter where you decide to have a meal.

These are some of the best places to dine in the Smoky Mountains.

Breakfast in the Smokies

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp

At Crockett’s Breakfast Camp, eggs are known as “Hen Fruit.” Start the day off with two any style then add your choice of meat from a selection that includes pecan smoked bacon, fried bologna and sugar cured ham. Order a stack of Griddle Cakes then top them off with white raisins, real whipped cream, powdered sugar, chocolate chips or wild berry compote. Traditional breakfast items like waffles, oatmeal, grits, waffles, Tennessee French Toast and Scramblers are always on the menu and served fresh daily. Those waking up with a big appetite can sink their teeth into one of the Hunger Hunters Huntcamp Skillets. The Black Bear Camp Skillet and Postmasters Favorite are sure to fuel you up for a day of great adventures.

1103 Pkwy.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865.325.1403

Lunch in the Smokies

Huck Finn’s Catfish

Huck Finn’s Catfish only serves pond-raised, grain-fed catfish certified by the U.S. Catfish Institute. Signature lunches like two pieces of fried catfish or the golden-fried catfish sandwich are sure to satisfy the heartiest appetites. You can also choose from chicken livers, popcorn shrimp, grilled spicy shrimp and fried clams. All menu items are prepared Southern-style and come with “All U Can Eat Vittles.” These delicious sides include baked white beans with turkey ham, creamy coleslaw, dill pickles and sweet onions, French fries, mashed taters and gravy and hushpuppies. Round out your meal with a decadent selection of desserts. Aunt Polly’s Homemade Cobbler, Mo’s Nana Pudding and Memaw’s Dessert of the Day are sweet to eat and made fresh daily.

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3330 Pkwy.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865.429.3353

Supper in the Smokies

Smoky Mountain Trout House

For the freshest trout in the Gatlinburg, make plans to have dinner at the Smoky Mountain Trout House. This restaurant serves Rainbow Trout caught in the clear, cool waters of the Smokies. Once reeled in, the fish are packed in ice to lock in flavor. You can order whole mountain trout grilled, broiled, pan-fried, blackened, smoked or cheese baked. For a truly regional taste, try the sautéed Moonshine Mountain Rainbow Trout. If you prefer turf to surf, the USDA rib-eye steak, flame-broiled chicken breast and Tennessee country ham are filling entrees and come with your choice of potato or vegetables of the day and homemade hushpuppies. Add a slice of fresh coconut cream, key lime or lemon ice box pie for a sweet end to a tasty meal.

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410 Pkwy.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865.436.5416

Dessert in the Smokies

Mad Dog Creamery & Donuts

If sugary treats are your favorite eats, be sure to visit Mad Dog Creamery & Donuts for the sweetest menu in town. This family-friendly (and pet-friendly) shop is famous for its wide variety of premium hand-dipped ice cream flavors including black cherry, white chocolate raspberry, Smoky Mountain Fudge, Columbian Café, Yellow Brick Road, Moose Tracks, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, Super Cow and more than a half-dozen other creamy selections. There’s also an incredible selection of donuts to choose from. These fried dough confections are available chocolate iced with sea salt, espresso sugar, Devil’s Food Cake with peanut butter icing, lemon cream, jelly filled, blueberry with blueberry icing, French Crueller with chocolate glaze and many, many more flavors. You can also order soft serve ice cream, sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes and funnel cakes.

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3048 Pkwy
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865.774.5558

 

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