You certainly won’t go hungry during your vacation in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains! The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are overflowing with wonderful restaurants that can accommodate virtually any taste and budget. To help you make the most of your getaway, Timber Tops Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to eight unique restaurants in Gatlinburg TN and Pigeon Forge TN.
1. Wild Plum Tea Room
The Tennessean ranked the Wild Plum Tea Room among the top 10 restaurants in the state! Tucked away in Gatlinburg’s Arts & Crafts Community, this hugely popular lunch spot is modeled after the traditional tea houses found in the mountains of Austria. Depending on the weather, guests can eat in the Wild Plum’s dining room, screened in porch, or idyllic outdoor garden.
Highlights of the tea room’s menu include the lobster pie, homemade chicken salad, Norwegian salmon burger, and the blackberry cobbler with cinnamon ice cream. It is highly recommended that guests make reservations at least 24 hours in advance in order to guarantee seating.
2. Hofbrauhaus Restaurant
Located above The Cheese Cupboard in The Village, Hofbrauhaus Restaurant brings a taste of the old country to downtown Gatlinburg. This sandwich shop is famous for its traditional deli fare and German favorites, such as bratwurst, German potato salad, and German beers. The standout sandwich at Hofbrauhaus is their Super Reuben, which is steamed to perfection on a pumpernickel bread roll.
3. Smoky Mountain Shakes-N-Dawgs
Smoky Mountain Shakes-N-Dawgs is one of Gatlinburg’s hidden gems. This fun restaurant serves a variety of gourmet hot dogs that you’ve probably never seen before. Some of the most popular “dawgs” include the Pizza Dawg (topped with marinara, pepperoni, and mozzarella), the Moonshine Dawg (marinated in genuine white whiskey), and the Southern Fried Dawg (deep fried in a batter made from Cheez-It cracker crumbs). Be sure to save room for one of the restaurant’s delicious Amish buttercream milkshakes!
4. Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill
Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill is another one of the most unique restaurants in Gatlinburg TN. What sets this eatery apart from the rest is its spectacular decorations and atmosphere, which include a lovely creek, koi pond, a 150-foot tall tree with shimmering lights, water that cascades from the roof, and live music every night. Guests will find a varied menu featuring seafood, steaks, BBQ, Italian dishes, and more wonderful food.
5. Poynor’s Pommes Frites
Situated at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Poynor’s Pommes Frites is the perfect place to stop for lunch or an afternoon snack. Specializing in German-style street food, this restaurant offers mouthwatering pommes frites (twice-fried french fries served with your choice of sauces) sausages, and chili. Poynor’s also sells inventive desserts such as Spaghetti Ice, which is an ice cream sundae that looks like a plate of pasta with marinara sauce!
6. Local Goat
Local Goat is one of Pigeon Forge’s most-buzzed-about restaurants. This eatery uses locally sourced ingredients to create fresh takes on classic dishes. Some of the most unique items on the Local Goat menu include The Elvis Burger (topped with peanut butter, smoked bacon, and fried bananas), Hawaiian Ribeye Steak (marinated in a soy-ginger-pineapple sauce), and the Crab Cake BLT.
7. Mama’s Farmhouse
Eating at Mama’s Farmhouse is like going over to your grandmother’s house for a big family meal! Guests at Mama’s share endless helpings of beloved Southern dishes like fried chicken, meatloaf, honey-glazed ham, macaroni and cheese, and banana pudding. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Mama’s Farmhouse never disappoints.
8. Curl de la Creme
Curl de la Creme is the only place you can find “rolled ice cream” in the region. This special dessert is created right before your eyes by pouring cream onto a freezing plate, scrambling it with a spatula, and ultimately rolling it up into individual pieces. With mix-ins and toppings galore, Curl de la Creme creates a sundae like you’ve never seen!
Where to Stay in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
When you stay with Timber Tops Cabin Rentals, you will be minutes away from all of these unique restaurants in Gatlinburg TN and Pigeon Forge TN. Our cabins come equipped with your choice of stellar amenities, including fully furnished kitchens, breathtaking mountain views, decks with rocking chairs, soothing hot tubs, home theater rooms, arcade games, outdoor fire pits, and even more great features. To start planning your escape, browse our selection of cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!