Dining in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is all about choices. There seem to be just about as many restaurants here as there are trees in the Smokies. From pancakes houses to steakhouses, you’ll find it all in and around this charming city, and then some. Narrowing the list isn’t easy, but we’d like to help. And so:
Our Top 5 Restaurants in Gatlinburg
The Peddler Steakhouse
A place for families, parties and romantic dates, The Peddler is the place for some seriously good food. Serving naturally aged steaks, cut to your specification at the table and grilled over Tennessee hickory charcoal, the menu is said to be the best in the Smokys, if not east of the Mississippi. The salad bar rivals fullblown gardens, full of color, freshness and flavor. And the chicken ain’t that bad either. Sweet marinades and spicy Cajun spices make these dishes delectable to even the most discerning visitors. And one must never venture to The Peddler without a desert. Hot blackberry cobbler is where it’s at, and the strawberry shortcake is equally outrageous.
Log Cabin Pancake House
As the restaurant explains, when you visit Log Cabin Pancake House, you take a nostalgic step back in time to when life was simpler, meals were hearty and the people were friendly and sincere in their willingness to be helpful to those they meet. This sentiment rings true through the whole restaurant, as the servers are extraordinarily friendly, and happy to do whatever is necessary to get you the meal you seek. From sausage, eggs and gravy to apple crepes, this stop has everything under the breakfast sun. Popular among locals and a recurring destination for regular Tennessee visitors, a morning at Log Cabin Pancake House is a must.
Smoky Mountain Brewery
Everyone loves a good spot to kick back a few beers, watch the game and enjoy time with friends and loved ones. Smoky Mountain Brewery is the place to be if you’re in Tennessee and want to do just that. As one of the largest working micro breweries in Eastern Tennessee, and with over 25 TVs along the walls, this place produces great conversations, tastes and times! Good ole’ American fare will fill your belly here, from oven baked soft pretzels to fried chicken tenders, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, a bunch of burgers, and huge calzones. And when it comes to the beers, microbrews are always the best. Choose from samplers, pints and super mugs of some of Gatlinburg’s finest – Cherokee Ale, Appalachian Pale Ale, and White Water Wheat, among many others.
Nothing beats a good steak, which means nothing beats a dinner at Alamo where Black Angus steaks are oak fired and seared, to capture the flavor of a perfectly aged and seasoned piece of meat. This place was voted to have the Best Steaks 5 years in a row, and Best Restaurant thrice, a privilege rarely accomplished by any steakhouse in the states. If you’re a meat ‘n potato kind of folk (and who isn’t?) then this is the place to be. Here are things to try: Rio Grande Ribeye, Texas T-bone, Porterhouse, Filet Oscar, a 1-pound burger filled with all the toppings, pork chops, Santa Fe chicken, subs and sandwiches and plenty of sides. Alamo Steakhouse is all about the meat, and the place to be if you’re starving after a day of hiking.
Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
There are many different ways to spell Barbeque because there are many ways to make it. In the case of Bennett here, his is all right. At his place, you’ll find real Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que, and plenty of it. A favorite among locals and a popular tourist spot, this joint offers everything under the Southern Cookin’ sun. Start with the salad bar and homemade soups. You can never go wrong with the Cow Poke Chili, which is slow cooked with ground beef, beans, tomatoes and special seasoning. If you’re in a smoky mood, try the beef brisket, pork shoulder or Smokehouse BBQ Chicken. If you want something off the grill, go ahead and get the ribeye. You know you want to.
So there they are: Our Top 5 restaurants in Gatlinburg. From here you’re on your own.
We’re pretty sure you can handle it!