Did you know Gatlinburg is the pancake capital of the South?  There are so many pancakes houses in Gatlinburg it can be hard to know which place to choose to get your flapjack fix.   We’ve picked five pancake houses in Gatlinburg that stack up above the rest. 

Award-winning pancake creations, towering stacks, and secret syrup recipes make this one of the best places to fill up on everybody’s favorite breakfast food.  We’ve picked five of the best pancake houses in Gatlinburg.  Stop by one of these restaurants for breakfast and you’ll some of the best pancakes in the South.

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The Pancake Pantry typically has a wait, and it’s easy to see why.

1) Pancake Pantry

Location: 628 Parkway, Gatlinburg

The Pancake Pantry has been serving pancakes in Gatlinburg for over 50 years. It’s such a popular option more than 4,800 pancakes can be flipped on a busy day at the Pancake Pantry.  Their made-from-scratch menu items include not only pancakes but blintzes and crepes too.  In total, there are 24 varieties to choose from.  The Wild Blueberry Pancakes win my vote, but the Austrian Apple Walnut Crepe is a close second choice.  Fluffy and flavorful, pancakes of any variety come in portions large enough for two.  Slather on homemade syrup and whipped butter and you can’t go wrong.  

These apple pancakes are like having apple pie for breakfast! Yum!

2) Atrium Pancakes

Location: 432 Parkway, Gatlinburg

As far as pancake houses in Gatlinburg go, this one gets rave reviews from locals and visitors alike! Featured in “Taste of Home Magazine” and “Food Network,” Atrium Pancakes is known for their specialty pancakes.  There are over 25 varieties but my favorite is the Baked Apple Pancake.  A crisp crust and fresh granny smith apples create a pancake masterpiece that could easily pass for apple pie.  One of the crowd favorites is the Caribbean Pancake.  Topped with bananas, walnuts, and coconut, then slathered with whipped butter, this pancake selection is a tropical treat.



3) Log Cabin Pancake House

Location: 327 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg

A top secret sauce is the signature of the Log Cabin Pancake House.  The recipe for their special Royale Sauce is such a top secret, only three people are entrusted with it.  The sauce, which has a cream cheese base, makes their mouth-watering French Toast Royale oh-so-good.  Pour it over an order of silver dollar pancakes for a delightful change from the standard maple flavors.  You can order silver dollar pancakes in groups of 4, 8 or even 15, but take note these hot cakes are much larger than your usual silver dollar cakes.  



4) Flapjacks Pancake Cabin

Location: 146 Parkway; 956 Parkway; and 478 E. Parkway
Flapjacks Pancake Cabin is so popular there are three locations in Gatlinburg.  Over 10 types of pancakes are available on the menu, each created to highlight the homemade batter use to whip up each batch. Of all the pancake houses in Gatlinburg, you can really indulge at Flapjacks.  Reese’s Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Pancakes and Sticky Buns Pancakes put the sweet back in breakfast. I’m usually torn between the Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes or the Wild Berry Pancakes. 

Strawberries make everything better!

5) Little House of Pancakes

Location: 807 E. Parkway

Looking for a tall stack of flapjacks?  Then head to Little House of Pancakes.  They use 20 ounces of buttermilk batter used to make a foot-wide All You Can Eat flapjack that’ll put your breakfast hunger to the test.  Plus, it’s only $7.95.  That’s a price you can’t beat!  Blueberry, pecan, peach, strawberry and chocolate chip are just a few of the flavorful pancake concoctions on the menu.  Try the all you can eat stack if you dare.  My go-to order is the blackberry pancakes.  

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If you’re the type to try local cafes before chain restaurants, these four unique places to eat in Gatlinburg will appeal to you. Off the beaten path and infused with southern hospitality and charm, visitors savor eating at these restaurants because the service is good, food excellent and atmosphere picturesque. Stop in for a meal any time of day to be rewarded with some of the best flavors this side of the Mississippi.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes at the Pancake PantryPhoto Credit: Pancake Pantry/Facebook

Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Pancake Pantry/Facebook

Pancake Pantry
628 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

You’ll notice a lot of pancakes house lining the Parkway’s of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Most are pretty good, but only one takes the cake: Pancake Pantry. Operating since 1960, the Pancake Pantry started the pancake craze in the Smokies and continues to be a tradition for breakfast-goers. The massive pancakes, made from scratch and served with real butter and fresh whipped cream, fill up the hungriest-of-hungry visitors. Choose classic buttermilk pancakes or try a pancake combination unique to the Pancake Pantry like pecan pancakes; orange-walnut pancakes; wild blueberry pancakes; and banana pineapple triumph pancakes.

Dinner is served at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

Dinner is served at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant/Facebook

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
220 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville, TN 37862

The postcard-perfect setting of the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant makes it a favorite for both locals and visitors. White and green rocking chairs on the front porch and a brook cascading nearby add to the down-home feel, and makes it one of the most unique places to eat in Gatlinburg. Of course, the real reason people rave about Applewood is the southern cooking. Dinners are served with signature apple fritters, homemade apple butter, Applewood Julep and homemade farmhouse soup. Some of the most popular orders include their famous fried chicken, old-fashioned chicken dumplings and country meatloaf.

Fried Green Tomatoes served at Smokin' Joes BBQ

Fried Green Tomatoes served at Smokin’ Joes BBQ, Smokin’ Joes BBQ/Facebook

Smokin’ Joes Bar-B-Que
7753 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882

This local, family-owned barbecue joint serves the tastiest ‘cue in town. Slow-cooked over an open pit, the meat has a succulently smoked flavor that melts in your mouth. The ribs are raved about, as they fall off the bone, and the giant pork sandwich is a go-to order for many locals. Add a side of coleslaw, fresh fried green tomatoes, corn nuggets, or baked beans for a full meal. You’ll need a drink to wash it all down with, so order some sweet tea, served in a mason jar, for a true taste of the south.

Unique Places to Eat in Gatlinburg

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The Restaurant at Buckhorn Innn
2140 Tudor Mountain Road, Gatlinburg TN, 37738

Most people overlook this gem as they think meals are served only to people staying there. Not true! Book a reservation for dinner and enjoy unique culinary concoctions. The rustic lodge has sweeping views of the mountains, making your meal even more memorable. Regional cuisine with a twist is the signature of The Restaurant at Buckhorn Inn, which serves a four-course feast each night at 7pm. The menu changes frequently, but some dinner favorites include Pecan-Crusted Smoky Mountain Trout and Grilled Pork Chop with Peach Chutney.


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Wild Plum Tea Room
555 Buckhorn Road, Gatlinburg TN 37738

The Wild Plum Tea Room, with a location at the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, is one of the most unique places to eat in Gatlinburg for several reasons. First, it is inspired by Austrian tea houses and decorated with charming, mismatched decor. Second, it’s natural setting in the woods creates a natural ambiance that visitors and locals alike love. Thirdly, fare is made fresh daily with seasonal ingredients. To top it off, the Tea Room’s outdoor patio garden is pet-friendly so if you feel free to bring Fido with you to lunch. The menu changes daily, but you can always have a cup of wild plum tea, which I highly recommend!

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Crockett’s is so good, you can expect to wait for a table.

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp
1103 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Gatlinburg is famous for its pancake houses. However, Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is putting a new spin on breakfast in Gatlinburg. The frontier-style restaurant is named after David C. “Crockett” Maples, who served as a private and corporal in Company H, Ninth Tennessee Cavalry, from October 1, 1863, to June 8, 1865. With an interior formed from rough-hewed logs and walls lined with cast iron skillets and sepia-toned pictures, the camp feel of the restaurant is real. However, the real draw is the absolutely delicious food on the menu. Favorites include the giant, ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls, fresh-squeezed strawberry orange juice, the Cathead Stacker and the Black Bear Camp Skillet.

The Peddler Steakhouse

The Peddler Steakhouse/Facebook

Peddler Steakhouse
820 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

One of the most unique places to eat in Gatlinburg is the Peddler Steakhouse. This restaurant was originally a rustic pioneer cabin built by one of the Smokies first families – The Ogles. It has since been transformed into the popular Peddler Steakhouse, although you can still see the facade of the home in the front dining room. On top of that, the restaurant has beautiful views of the Little Pigeon River. However, these seats are very popular so a reservation is highly recommended. When you dine here, you best bet is to order one of their signature steaks. You get to hand-select your meats, which are then grilled over real Tennessee hickory charcoal. Save room for dessert, though, as their blackberry cobbler is legendary!

At these unique places to eat in Gatlinburg you’re guaranteed a memorable, satisfying meal, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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One of the best ways to get a taste of the Smoky Mountains is by dining at local restaurants. Infused with flavors you can’t find anywhere else, along with southern hospitality and homegrown traditions, local restaurants in Gatlinburg, Tennessee are some of the best places to eat. Luckily, there are a lot of non-chain restaurants in the Smoky Mountains. To help you narrow down your options, I’ve selected six of the best places to eat in Gatlinburg serving local flavor.

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The Peddler Steakhouse

Once Gatlinburg’s best kept secret, The Peddler Steakhouse has grown into a tradition for visitors and locals alike. The history of The Peddler is entrenched in its walls, with the core of the restaurant the original Ogle Cabin. An outstanding menu accompanies the amazing history of the steakhouse. Fill your plate at the all-you-can-ear salad bar, then dine on the mouth-watering New York strip steak. Save room for dessert, though, because the extensive dessert list is sure to tempt your sweet tooth.


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Greenbrier Restaurant

Looking for an option off the beaten path? You’ve found it! Greenbrier Restaurant is tucked away from Downtown Gatlinburg, offering guests a warm, inviting atmosphere. Appalachian character adds charm to the historic dining establishment, which was originally built as a cabin in 1939. A great option for adults and couples, menu options range from a juicy prime rib to a perfectly seasoned mountain trout. An excellent wine list, as well as full bar including after dinner coffee drinks, accompanies the selections at Greenbrier..

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Buckhorn Inn Restaurant

Fine-dining and luxury combine at Buckhorn Inn for an upscale experience guests rave about. Inventive regional cuisine is the signature of the restaurant, with southern selections dotting their prix four-course meal. Each day, the menu changes. Rack of Pork with Cumberland Sauce and Cheese Ravioli with Gulf Shrimp and Smoked Salmon Cream are two of the latest creations. Price for per person for the four-course feast is $35.

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Pancake Pantry

Gatlinburg is stacked with pancake houses. The Pancake Pantry stands out above the rest, consistently voted a favorite with both visitors and locals. Breakfast is legendary, with options so numerous it can be hard to know what to order. From wild blueberry pancakes to apple walnut crepese, you really are in for a treat at this breakfast hotspot. Be prepared for a wait, though. People line up to get a taste of the first Gatlinburg pancake house.

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Best Italian

If you put “best” in your restaurant name, you’re setting high expectations. Luckily, Best Italian lives up to the hype. Serving the area for over 30 years, they are well known for their garlic rolls and pizza which are served at a reasonable price. New York Style Pizza, piled with your choice of toppings, always hits the mark. Not in the mood for pizza? A wide-ranging pasta menu includes selections such as Veal Florentine and Chef Paul’s Seafood Medley, as well as classics like spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna.

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The Restaurant at Buckberry Creek

Everything at Buckberry Creek is top-notch, from the restaurants sweeping views of the mountains to the ambiance and fine dining menu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served here, so you have a wide array of culinary experiences to choose from. The innovative menu changes daily, and uses only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. To give you an idea of the food served at Buckberry Creek review the sample dinner menus available online.

Dine at any of these local restaurants in Gatlinburg for a unique taste of the mountains.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Thanksgiving_01_iStock_000017887217XSmallTripAdvisor has confirmed what visitors to Gatlinburg, Tennessee already know – that it’s a top destination for Thanksgiving. TripAdvisor recently named Gatlinburg its top 10 most popular Thanksgiving travel destinations, ranking among other notable cities like New York City, NY; San Diego, CA; and Orlando, FL.

The list was created through TripAdvisor user surveys. When asked where they’d be going for Thanksgiving, Gatlinburg came in 8th place. Many stated they’d drive, which made Gatlinburg a popular choice as it’s located within a day’s drive of the U.S. population.

Most visitors plan on arriving the Monday or Wednesday before the holiday, which means more time to enjoy wintertime in the Smoky Mountains. Shopping deals were another top reason Gatlinburg made the list. Small, locally owned businesses have a lot to do with that. Visitors like the unique shopping in Downtown Gatlinburg and beyond. A special “Small Business Saturday” is planned for November 29, 2014, where shop owners offer big deals on signature items.

Of Course, if you’re visiting this Smoky Mountains National Park border-town for Thanksgiving you probably need a place to eat that special holiday meal. To make your preparations easier, browse the recommended list below of where to eat in Gatlinburg on Thanksgiving Day.

thanksgiving_dinner_1280x1024Applewood Farmhouse: Southern specialties are the signature of this Thanksgiving feast. Open from 10:30am-9pm. Make reservations early. A to-go Thanksgiving dinner is also available if you’d rather feast by the fire back at your cabin.

The Old Mill Square: Two places on the square serve Thanksgiving dinner – The Old Mill Restaurant and Pottery House Cafe. Open from 10:30am-8:30pm, a traditional family-style feast is served all day long. Reservations are not accepted so be sure to arrive well before you get hungry!

Seasons of Ober Restaurant: A full buffet menu of Thanksgiving classics is the special of the day at Seasons. From 11am-6pm, you can dine at the restaurant then hit the slopes of Ober Gatlinburg or go for a spin on the skating rink.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg!

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If there is one Gatlinburg restaurant that is truly is a cut above the rest, it is The Peddler Steakhouse. Sumptuous steaks are served in a rustic yet inviting atmosphere infused with Smoky Mountain history. It is a favorite of locals and visitors, and receives rave reviews from guests time and again. Read on to find out why.

Outstandingly unique in design, The Peddler Steakhouse used to be a rustic pioneer cabin built by one of the Smokies first families – The Ogles. Constructed from squared timbers, cement chinking and native stones, the core of the present restaurant is The Ogle Cabin. In fact, you can see the original façade of the home in the front dining room, as well an attractive Crab Orchard stone chimney imbedded with a millstone. Ogle collected millstones so several are incorporated throughout the restaurant’s décor. The history of steakhouse doesn’t end there, though. A pavilion, with streamside views, was once an enclosed playhouse for Ogle’s daughter. Plus, the redwood tree located in front of the cabin by an Ogle is an 80-foot-high Peddler trademark. Legend has it a family friend brought the redwood sapling back from a trip to Washington state in the late 1950s. The Ogles planted it and it has grown into a distinguishing trademark of the landscape.

The historic location of the restaurant is combined with a spectacular setting reminiscent of simpler times. For enchanting views of the Little Pigeon River, set in the back dining room or the bar. These are the most popular seats in the restaurant, though, so be sure to make reservations. If not, you may have to wait a while but it will be worth it. The beautiful mountain setting is an excellent vantage point for any meal in the Smokies.

Speaking of eating, the menu at The Peddler Steakhouse is highlighted by local flavor and fresh food. Steaks are their signature, and definitely my go-to order. It’s hard not to select steak as a waiter rolls a cart with artful cuts of meat to choose from, which are then grilled over real Tennessee hickory charcoal. Hand-selecting your meat adds a personal touch to your meal, as the cut and marble can be exactly what you want. Not in the mood for filet mignon or ribeye? Mountain trout, succulent chicken and stuffed shrimp are other excellent options. Be sure to start your evening with the all-you-can-eat salad bar, stocked with crisp produce and homemade dressings. The Peddle Steakhouse is famous for their salad selection, but don’t fill up on greens! The delicious entrees are waiting for you, as is a decadent dessert list. The desserts are huge, and each is just as good as the next. It’s hard to recommend just one, but you can’t go wrong with the hot blackberry cobbler. To view the full Peddler Steakhouse menu, click here.

The Peddler Steakhouse is located at 820 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN.

All photos courtesy of The Peddler Steakhouse.

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Feeling hungry? When you’re in the Smoky Mountains you’ll find an array of options that will satisfy any craving. Gatlinburg restaurants offer a wide variety of options for vacationers, each with its own unique menu and atmosphere. From an early morning breakfast to midday meal to dinner spreads, you can eat your way through the mountains and find a new favorite place to dine.


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In order to make your Gatlinburg dining experience that much more enjoyable, I’ve listed some of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg. Come hungry to these establishments! You won’t be able to find any of them back home as they are all local restaurants with distinct flavors created by eastern Tennessee natives.

Smoky Mountain Brewery: Designed as an Alpine Lodge, the Smoky Mountain Brewery fits in nicely to the Gatlinburg landscape. It’s my favorite place in downtown Gatlinburg to stop for casual food and hoppy brews. Their menu selection offers everything from burgers to pasta to pizza, which is my favorite – specifically the calzones.   Add a homemade brew, such as Mountain Lightning, to your order for a true taste of the Smoky Mountains.

Pancake Pantry: You’ll see a lot of pancake houses in Gatlinburg, but Pancake Pantry is honestly one of the best. People know it too, as lines can stretch around the block at times. It’s worth the wait, though, as they serve some of the best breakfast dishes around. I recommend the wild blueberry or sweet potato pancakes. Savory and sweet, these two breakfast options might just have you skipping lunch you’ll be so full!


The Peddler Steakhouse

The Peddler Steakhouse: The Peddler Steakhouse has been a Smoky Mountain tradition for almost 40 years. The restaurant is steeped in tradition as the core of the restaurant building is the former home of Charles “Earl” Ogle, Sr., a fourth generation Gatlinburg merchant. I recommend dining here for a romantic evening or special occasion. The intimate, rustic atmosphere is complimented by creekside seating. For dinner options, my go-to choices are the hand-cut New York strip steak and seafood stuffed shrimp. Save room for dessert though! You’ll be tempted by the Kahlua crème brulee and blackberry cobbler.

Calhoun’s: This barbeque joint is technically a chain restaurant, but you’ll only be able to find Calhoun’s locations in Tennessee. Their specialty is Tennessee barbeque, which they slow smoke with hickory logs and a precise smoking procedure. They’ve even trademarked their processes result, known as “The Smoke Ring.” It guarantees you are getting genuine Calhoun’s barbeque, most notable on the ribs and hickory smoked chicken. Can’t decide what to order? In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with an order of ribs or the barbeque pork sandwich.


Wild Plum Tea Room

Wild Plum Tea Room: Located in the historic Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, a visit to the Wild Plum Tea Room is a must for any Gatlinburg visitor. Inspired by Austrian-style tea house, the tea room offers contemporary cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Their menu changes seasonally, and sometimes daily, but the lobster pie is a menu staple and for good reason.  It’s delicious any time of year and is certainly my go-to order. Traveling with your dog? Bring Fido with you as dogs are allowed on the outside porch deck. Pretty neat, huh?

No Way Jose’s Cantina: Searching for cuisine inspired by flavors found south of the border? At No Way Jose’s you can sit creekside or dine inside where you’re surrounded by eclectic, fiesta inspired décor. Fresh flavors and a relaxing atmosphere make this Mexican establishment really standout. Try one of their house made margaritas. I prefer a traditional, on the rocks drink which is made even better by noshing on the complimentary chips and salsa. Jose’s menu is endless, but three of my favorites are the Cancun burrito, Chile rellenos and shrimp tacos.

Cherokee Grill: When in the mountains dine at this lodge-themed restaurant to fully embrace your surroundings. A cozy interior, complete with granite, walnut and real burning fires add to the ambiance of your dining experience. Start your Cherokee Grill meal with the crab bisque or lettuce wedge, then dine on a sumptuous steak, herb crusted trout or the Smoky Mountain fried chicken for a true taste of the mountains.

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Gatlinburg dinner shows combine a night of entertainment with a delicious meal for a one-of-a-kind experience. From toe-tapping music shows to spirited stampedes and lumberjack feuds, dinner shows in Gatlinburg TN are engaging productions the whole family will enjoy. Choose a dinner show to enjoy on your vacation for a fun night out in the Smokies.

A few of the best Gatlinburg dinner shows are:
  • Dixie Stampede
  • Lumberjack Feud
  • Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
  • Smith Family Dinner Show
When you reserve your Gatlinburg dinner show tickets with Reserve Gatlinburg you get the best deals on these popular productions.

Gatlinburg restaurants serve up a variety of flavors.  From southern style cooking to barbeque to ethnic cuisine and everything in between, the selection of places to eat in Gatlinburg  total over 100.  Enjoy a night out on the town for an intimate date or visit a family-friendly restaurant with the kids.  The choice is yours when you visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Alamo Steakhouse and Saloon
705 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN
(865) 436-9998
Toll Free: 1-800-992-9780

Atrium Pancakes
432 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-3684

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
714 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-2400
Toll Free: 1-800-992-9780

Best Italian Cafe and Pizzeria
968 Parkway, Suite 9
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-4090

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria
714 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5455

Blaine’s Grill and Bar

812 Parkway Suite 105
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-1978

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co
900 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-3034
Toll Free: 1-877-SAY-GUMP

Calhoun’s Restaurant
1004 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4100

The Cheese Cupboard & Hofbrauhaus Restaurant
634 Parkway Suite 14
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-9511

The Cherokee Grill
1002 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4287

Dick’s Last Resort
903 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 277-6953

Flying Saucer Italian Bistro
117 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-5550

Greenbrier Restaurant
370 Newman Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-6318

Johnny Rockets
735 Parkway Suite 2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-5844
Little House of Pancakes
807 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-8784
Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina
735 Parkway #1
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-5624

Log Cabin Pancake House
327 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-7894

Mellow Mushroom
903 Parkway Suite 103
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 277-0600

Mountain Edge Grill
631 Parkway Suite B4
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-0013

No Way Jose’s Cantina
555 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-5673

Pancake Pantry
628 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4724

The Park Grill Steakhouse
1110 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-2300

The Peddler Steakhouse
820 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5794

Smoky Mountain Brewery
1004 Parkway #501
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
(865) 436-4200

Smoky Mountain Trout House

410 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5416
TGI Friday’s
959 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-8443

The Melting Pot
959 Parkway Suite 2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-4430

Wild Boar Saloon
976 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-3600

I consider myself to be epicurious. I love to eat and my taste buds are in constant pursuit of great food and drink. That’s part of the fun of traveling – trying new flavors and eating at new restaurants. You never know what you might find and you may be surprised at the variety of flavors that will tempt your palate, even in a small town like Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

One of the hidden gems of the Gatlinburg restaurant scene is the Smoky Mountain Brewery. Tucked away in Calhoun’s Village, near the edge of town, you’ll find this casual eatery brimming with local flavor. The atmosphere is a mix between ski lodge and Bavarian beer hall, but the real charm comes from the delicious, reasonably priced food, quick service and selection of home-brewed beverages.
Most of the seating for Smoky Mountain Brewery is upstairs and surrounded by large, flat screen TVs which makes it a popular place for catching a game. Grab a seat, get comfortable, and peruse their large menu. Items range from standard cheeseburgers and pasta to signature ale steaks and wings. Can’t decide on what to get?

I suggest you order:

• Drink: Mountain Light Brew
• Appetizer: Oven-Baked Pretzels with Hot Beer Cheese
• Entrée: Baker’s Choice Calzone

The hot beer cheese served with the soft pretzels is thick yet saucy and has a sharp cheddar flavor that blends nicely with the saltiness of the pretzels. The Baker’s Choice Calzone is a homemade delight that arrives at the table oozing with cheesy goodness. The crust is crispy on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside, providing the best of both pizza crust worlds. The Baker’s Choice Calzone includes pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions and green peppers. Calzones at the Brewery come in sizes of 8”, 12” and 16”. Typically I order the 12” and share it with a friend, with plenty leftover. The 16” calzone is large enough to feed a family or maybe two really hungry hikers.

Of course, since you’re at an Appalachian brewery you’ve got to wash down all of this deliciousness with one of their homebrews. They brewery blends featured include:

• Mountain Light
• Velas Helles
• Cherokee Ale
• Appalachian Pale Ale
• Black Bear Ale
• Thunder Road
• Tuckaleechee Porter
• White Water Wheat
• Seasonal Brews

As the blends are all unique to the Smoky Mountain Brewery I suggest getting a Samplers Choice. It allows you to try upwards of six brews for an incredibly low price (three samples are $3.50, six samples are $6). If you’re feeling like you really need to unwind, order a Super Mug. For around $6, you’ll get 33.8 ounces of any of the microbrews available. I prefer the Mountain Light, a lager, as it has a very smooth, less hoppy flavor than some of the other blends. However, Thunder Road, a Czech Pilsner, is also a nice choice if you prefer hoppy, crisp flavors.

Be sure to stop by the downstairs area to see where the beers are brewed and pick up a signature glass. After dinner, take advantage of the walkability of downtown Gatlinburg and take a stroll to see the sights. It’ll be a nice way to end your evening in the Smoky Mountains.