When you go on vacation, it is fun to find places to go that you don’t have at home, including restaurants. Luckily, there are places to eat all throughout the Smokies that are native to the area, from local favorites to family owned businesses. Here are 4 local restaurants in Gatlinburg you need to try:
1. The Peddler Steakhouse
This Gatlinburg restaurant has everything you are looking for in a Smoky Mountain dining experience. The Peddler Steakhouse is located in the former home of Charles Ogle, who was a fourth generation Gatlinburg merchant. The building sits right on the banks of the Little Pigeon River, which presents guests with a scenic view for their meal. As far as the food goes, you will be far stretched to find a better steak dinner in the Smokies. After a trip through the famous salad bar, you can chow down on your favorite cut of meat that is cooked to perfection over Tennessee hickory charcoal.
2. Tennessee Jed’s
If you are looking for a place to grab lunch while you explore the Smokies, Tennessee Jed’s is the place for you! They serve a variety of homemade sandwiches that are perfect for taking on a picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some of the best sellers include the reuben, cubano, and the chicken salad sandwich! If you want to get an early start, be sure to check out the breakfast menu at Tennessee Jed’s, which includes a breakfast BLT and seasonal quiche!
3. Donut Friar
Another one of the local restaurants in Gatlinburg you will want to check out for breakfast is the Donut Friar, which is located in The Village. They open at 5 A.M. daily and serve some of the best donuts in town! You won’t have trouble finding the store, as you can just follow the sweet aroma of donuts and cinnamon bread. They are open all day long, so even if you aren’t an early bird, you won’t miss out. Plus, these homemade donuts are good during any hour of the day! While you are at The Village, be sure to browse through all the 27 unique boutiques and galleries.
4. The Greenbrier Restaurant
In addition to serving incredible entrees, The Greenbrier Restaurant does their part to honor the heritage of the Smoky Mountains. They thrive to keep the spirit of the area alive by mixing modern dining with Appalachian tradition. You will love the scenery of this restaurant in Gatlinburg, as it is nestled into the Smoky Mountains. This is also a great place to enjoy a drink after a busy day of exploring the mountains. They have a wide variety of local bourbons and whiskeys, plus an amazing selection of house wines. The Greenbrier is open every day of the week except Mondays, and they offer a special brunch menu each Sunday.
Browse through all our Smoky Mountain cabins to stay near all the best local restaurants in Gatlinburg, plus be just minutes away from the best area attractions! We look forward to welcoming you to the Smokies!