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If you’re thinking of a Gatlinburg getaway, you probably have a cozy cabin nestled in the Smoky Mountains in mind.  Or maybe, just maybe, you’re thinking of spending a day in neighboring Pigeon Forge at the best known attraction in the Smokies, Dollywood. Whether you’re anticipating a romantic weekend for two–or plan to spend the next twelve hours riding the Wild Eagle at least a dozen times, you’re going to need some sustenance to keep up your energy.  We’re got some stellar suggestions on that front.  Here are a few of what we consider the best Gatlinburg Restaurants–local favorites that you’re sure to love, too:


Crockett’s is a wonderful breakfast-only restaurant that is made for big, big appetites.  If you go, go hungry.  You’ll find Crockett’s warm, cozy, and quaint, and you’ll enjoy the friendly service along with oversized portions of phenomenal breakfast food.  Choose from gloriously loaded omelets, golden waffles made from bacon-filled batter, and insanely good sausages wrapped in soft, fluffy pancakes.  Go ahead and ask for a box, we promise there will be plenty to take home… in fact, you can likely make a few good meals with an order from Crockett’s.

Especially if you’re not local, be sure to pick one of Crockett’s great menus.  A newspaper that speaks to Gatlinburg’s (aka White Oak Flats’) history on the outside, and offers up Crockett’s crazy-good food selections within, it makes a neat (and free) souvenir.

The Best Italian

A little Italian restaurant that certainly lives up to its moniker, you can’t beat the Best Italian for good food, fast.  Garlic knots, pizzas to suit, spaghetti and meatballs are all worth a try, but for more sophisticated tastes, we recommend the excellent Veal Parmigiana or Eggplant Parmesan.  It’s a local favorite that you’ll be glad you found.  Oh, and you’ll find the Best Italian in Elks Plaza across from the Hampton Inn in Gatlinburg.  It’s a stone’s throw from some sweet shopping, so you’ll be able to walk off your meal and land a souvenir after dinner.

The Wild Plum Tea Room

Nestled into a beautiful hillside and a bit off the beaten path, you’ll find the quaint Wild Plum Tea Room, and you’ll want to make reservations, because walking in is difficult to do at the Wild Plum.  There is no call-ahead seating and they don’t take drop-ins.

The Wild Plum was inspired by great Austrian tea houses and it’s nothing short of a charming and unique experience.  Soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts—favorites among the locals include a great salmon burger and the Wild Plum Chicken Salad– is the standard fare and they do make accommodations for vegans and vegetarians.

This is the sort of restaurant your mother, wife, or sister is sure to love, and guys, you’ll score some brown points for putting the Wild Plum on your itinerary, so write down the name and call ahead.

Three Jimmy’s

Friendly and inviting, Three Jimmy’s is a pub and restaurant that offers great, hearty food, and a warm social atmosphere.  Some nights, you’ll find locals and tourists gathered for trivia, other nights you’ll find great local music on the stage in the back of the house.  Whenever you come, you’ll want to go ahead and order the wings as an appetizer—they are the best.  Ever.

Burgers, fries, mac and cheese, and other American delicacies are standard at Jimmy’s (which was named for the three men who own it) and we promise that no matter what you order—it will up the ante, so to speak, for whatever else you eat on vacation.  Don’t miss Jimmy’s.  It would be tragic.

Smoky Mountain Brewery

The Smoky Mountain Brewery also has good wings, and if you play your cards right, you may just hit them on half-price burger or half-price pizza night.  Locals will tell you how great the interior micro-brewery is (thus the name of the establishment), and what goes better with burgers and pizza than cold beer?

You’ll find the Brewery tucked away behind Calhoun’s and the Cherokee Grill off the Parkway in Gatlinburg, and again, there’s great shopping in the village that surrounds it, so you’ll be able to linger and shop a bit after your meal. J

Love these Gatlinburg restaurants and all the other great places to eat in Gatlinburg?  You’ll love the great things to do here, too.  Remember, Smoky Mountain Things to Do is ultimate resource for information about things to do—and eat—in the Smoky Mountains!



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