Are the Smoky Mountain restaurant options a little overwhelming, or is your partner very indecisive about picking out a restaurant? Don’t worry; we want to help! Let us give you some recommendations on where to eat in Gatlinburg not just for breakfast but every meal. Keep reading to find out about the best spots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Breakfast: Crockett’s Breakfast Camp
We open bright and early every morning at 7 AM, so we can accommodate the early risers who wake up with a big appetite. Located along the main downtown strip, our restaurant is the best pit stop to fuel up before a big day of exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or experiencing everything Gatlinburg has to offer, from attractions to shops. Some favorite breakfast foods on our menu include eggs benedict, egg scrambles and skillets, giant cinnamon rolls, and stuffed 3-egg omelets. Of course, we are probably most famous for our Aretha Frankenstein’s pancakes, a thick and golden griddle cake that is soft and cakey on the inside and quite literally melts in your mouth! An underrated dish those with a sweet tooth will appreciate is the Old Fashioned Cinnamon Candied Apple Waffle– a perfectly made waffle loaded with apples that have been simmered with hot cinnamon candies and then topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar.
Lunch: No Way Jose’s Cantina
It’s easy to decide where to eat in Gatlinburg in between activities– No Way Jose’s location and food are the perfect combination! You will find No Way Jose’s in Gatlinburg at stop light #5 near popular attractions such as the Mountain Mall, Anakeeta, and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. They have a full menu of all your Tex-Mex favorites, from loaded nachos, burritos, and enchiladas to fajitas, tamales, and more! Whether you prefer chicken, beef, or shrimp, you can get a variety of dishes made exactly the way you like! For something on the lighter side that is just as tasty, try one of their hearty salads– the taco salad served in a tortilla bowl and the sizzling fajita salad are just a couple of your options!
Dinner: The Greenbrier
During your next weekend getaway in the Smoky Mountains, finish the day with a romantic dinner and drinks at The Greenbrier! This cozy mountain lodge restaurant features an elevated dining experience with a full range of wine, whiskey, and other spirits to enjoy alongside your meal. The Greenbrier menu is known for its chef-driven, creative twists on traditional Appalachian cuisine, such as the pork belly and ribs appetizer. They serve fresh seafood, poultry, and steak entrees, as well as lamb shank and duck breast that are cooked to perfection. For vegetarians, there are several delicious options, including house-made ricotta gnocchi with butternut squash, roasted brussels sprouts, mushrooms, sage brown butter, and a cauliflower mousseline.
Now you know where to eat in Gatlinburg for all 3 meals of the day! Start planning your ideal family vacation and pack the itinerary with this list of fun things to do in Gatlinburg with kids. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Smokies!