Off the Beaten Path Dining in the Smokies
It’s not always easy to pick a restaurant when driving through the Parkway of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You will see so many restaurants you will have trouble choosing. Of course, the Smokies is host to many of the familiar restaurants your family enjoys:
- Ruby Tuesdays
- And so many more.
We want to share with you some fun local restaurants that you may not otherwise find that are great dining experiences we don’t want you to miss!
The Greenbrier Restaurant
Located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee just off Hwy 321, The Greenbrier Restaurant has been serving fine dining locally for many years. The restaurant is housed in an old lodge that has stories of being haunted. Dining selections range from beef, to chicken and seafood. There is a casual bar for your favorite beverage. We highly recommend The Greenbrier Restaurant.
Although you will see Bennett’s BBQ on the parkway in Pigeon Forge, and on River Road in Gatlinburg, we still give mention to the restaurant for it’s fine breakfast buffet and incredible barbeque selections. Order and take to your cabin or dine in! Locally owned and operated for over 20 years.
The Pancake Pantry
Located in the Village area of Gatlinburg, The Pancake Pantry is known as a destination restaurant in the area. Often you will see lines of folks, happily waiting to enjoy one of their culinary delights. Creative and unique breakfast dishes developed in their kitchen and served all day until 4 p.m. closing time, 3 p.m. off-season. Gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and more are available for lunch. Open year round.
The Wild Plum
The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is home to The Wild Plum where you will find homemade gourmet lunch in an Australian style log cabin tearoom home. A beautiful mountain setting awaits you. Free parking with trolley access. Children’s menu along with adult beverages available. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Big Daddy’s Pizzeria and Arcade
Do you enjoy fresh ingredients and hand-crafted dough, to make World Class Pizza? That’s what you get at this restaurant. In fact, Big Daddy’s Pizzeriz is committed so making the best pizza around that we tore out the freezer and didn’t replace it! The super fresh ingredients are then baked in a wood fired oven to create a perfect pizza everytime. Locally owned and operated to ensure perfectly yummy everytime.
Mountain Air Cabin Rentals vacation homes are located throughout the Smoky Mountains: Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Wears Valley. We are close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, Ripley's Aquarium, many dinner shows and theaters, local arts and crafts, and a variety of other activities.