Restaurants and Goodies of The Smokies

Whether you are looking for a steak and lobster dinner or a freshly made caramel covered apple, both of these and just about everything in between can be found in Gatlinburg, TN and Pigeon Forge, TN. Most everyone has heard of the beauty of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park but, not everyone may realize just how diverse the culinary selection in the area is. We have the traditional like The Peddler Steak House where, the steak peddler will bring out the Ribeye and New York Strip and cut it to the thickness of your choosing. While waiting on your steak to be prepared you can fill up a chilled plate from one of the best salad bars in the area or sit back and enjoy your view of the Little Pigeon River while you have a sip of wine from their extensive wine list.buffet

Then there are pancakes, pancakes and, more pancakes. There must be 50 different pancake restaurants from exit 407 off of I-40 to the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Lots of these restaurants are very good but there is one that started the whole pancake craze. The Pancake Pantry on the parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. On any given morning you can see a line, stretched around the corner, full of people who are more than happy to wait on their table. They don’t just do pancakes either. They have waffles, crepes,omelets and, more. I have lived here 39 yrs and have never walked out of this restaurant disappointed. They also have a great lunch menu.pancake pantry

If you like BBQ well, there is lots of that to choose from here also. Calhoun’s which, originated on the Tennessee River in Knoxville,TN just across the street from Neyland Stadium in the early 80’s, has become a small local chain. With locations now in Gatlinburg, TN, Pigeon Forge, TN and Knoxville, TN. Must try their ribs or fried catfish. There is also another small local chain called Bennett’s BBQ. Their pulled pork and beef brisket are both incredible.

Of course there is country cooking. The Old Mill Restaurant, in Pigeon Forge, TN, is a traditional favorite. If you don’t mind a little drive, you can try some of the best fried chicken in the south. Carver’s Applehouse Restaurant is just a 20 minute drive from Gatlinburg, TN. Carver’s Is located on a hilltop in the middle of an apple orchard. They have all around great country cooking.

There is also, a huge amount of fresh made candies, fudge, and pastries available for anyone with a sweet tooth. The Donut Fryer located in The Village, in Gatlinburg, TN, has been open and family operated for over 30 yrs. On a daily basis they are in the store before the sun comes up baking fresh donuts, pastries, cinnamon bread and, more. At the Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen, located just around the corner from The Donut Fryer, at the entrance to the village, you can see fresh taffy, fudge, hard candies  and, more being made daily. Oh, and don’t forget a fresh made caramel covered apple or candied apple. There are many more places to find fresh candies and all kind of sweets throughout Gatlinburg, TN and Pigeon Forge, TN.

fudge    Then definitely after a day of sampling some of these wonderful culinary treats, you will be very relaxed sitting in your rocking chair and enjoying a beautiful Smoky Mountain sunset from the deck of Your Gatlinburg, TN or smoky mountainsPigeon Forge, TN log cabin.