There are over a hundred restaurants within 20 minutes of almost anywhere you stay in the Smokies (unless your cabin happens to be particularly secluded) and since you came to the Smokies for the Winterfest season to look at this article, we can reasonably deduce you wanted to look for restaurants that could cater to a large group.
Here is what we can recommend taking your family to for a wonderful holiday dinner:
The premiere steakhouse in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Alamo specializes in EVERYTHING you came to the South to enjoy – Texas-sized steaks, ribs, chicken, burgers and even some seafood items to keep things interesting! See their full menu at www.alamosteakhouse.com.
The Peddler Steakhouse
How would you like a proper fancy dinner at one of Gatlinburg’s oldest restaurants where a fat, succulent steak, cooked over hickory charcoal is waiting for you next to some mountain trout or prime rib, New York cheesecake or hot blackberry cobbler. This is one of many amazing food combinations you’ll find at The Peddler Steakhouse. Wine Menu also available. www.peddlergatlinburg.com
When you drive down the main street and, at any given day during the morning, you see a line from the outside of the door extending around to the inside of the Village just to get in and EAT, you know you’re looking at the best pancake restaurant in the city! Chocolate chip pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, cherry waffles, pecan waffles, western omelettes, breakfast cereals with banana slices and much more! www.pancakepantry.com
Mama’s is a Southern-style restaurant with a twist and a mission – to recreate the Sunday Dinner experience that was intrinsic to the South in the old days. A comfortable family atmosphere welcomes you in and invites you and all yours to a table where you are fed rounds of fried chicken, country fried steak, mashed potatoes, soup or salad, biscuits, corn bread and much more, until you’re good and full! See their full menu at www.mamasfarmhouse.com.
The Best Italian
Not just a boastful name, “The Best Italian” proves itself to many a visitor with starting rounds of their famous “garlic knots” and continues on with some of the best homemade pizza you’ll find in the city, or Filet Tips Linguini, Chicken Linguini with White Sauce, Tenderloin Tips Marsala and more amazing Italian dishes that earned them the name on this listing. www.bestitalian.com
A fan-favorite and a burst of color for the restaurant scene in the Smokies, Mellow Mushroom is a pizza restaurant offering pies with illustrious names like “Funky Q Chicken” “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Kosmic Karma”, “Mega Veggie”, “Mellowterranean” and more. Located on the parkways of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. http://mellowmushroom.com/store/pigeonforge
Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse
Pigeon Forge has an awesome Japanese hibachi restaurant almost center of downtown with Kinkaku. An extremely talented chef will come and cook your dinner in front of you – your choice of chicken teriyaki, steak, shrimp, scallop, filet mignon, tuna, lobster and much more! www.pigeonforgejapanese.com
Drive by Three Jimmys on Glades Road next to Family Dollar on Highway 321 (Gatlinburg) and you’re sure to see a mostly full parking lot at any given night of the week. That’s how good this restaurant and bar has been in just under a year of service! Serves lunch and dinner, offers live music, entertainment, covered outdoor patio, catering services, banquet room rental, and the best beer for miles around! www.threejimmys.com
Might be a bit presumptuous to call Cheddars in downtown Pigeon Forge the biggest restaurant hit there in the past 5 years, but seeing how many visitors they pull in everyday and how awesome their dishes are, the truth wouldn’t be an inch off! The service, atmosphere, prices and most definitely the food are worth the hype at Cheddars, and you shouldn’t leave town without trying their Lemon Pepper Chicken, Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Baked Spasagna, Grilled Salmon or their Chicken and Waffles. www.cheddars.com
Carriage House Restaurant
A quality restaurant of a slightly fancier variety, Carriage House is a perfect consideration for dates, casual dining, family dining, family reunion dining, and just about any reason you would need to go out for food. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and all the traditional Southern and casual favorites you’re looking for – ribeye steak sandwich, grouper fish sandwich, country ham steak, grilled pork chops, spaghetti, chicken buckets and much more! http://dininginthesmokies.com/_townsen/aacarria.htm
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
A highly hyped up restaurant that lives up to it can be found at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Paula Deen personally opened this restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes chicken and waffles, creamy hashbrown casserole, beef pot roast, Georgia fried catfish, ooey gooey butter cake, “Best Ever” Southern Fried Chicken and much more. You’ll see why this restaurant is a big deal when you stop in. www.pauladeensfamilykitchen.com.
Harpoon Harry’s Crab House
Probably the biggest seafood restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Harpoon Harry’s Crab House is a great place for dinner with the guys, dinner with the gals, and other kinds of associated congregations. Serves dishes like Shrimp Cavatappi Pasta, Pan Seared Sea Scallops, Rainbow Trout with Pecans, Shrimp Pot Pie, Snow Crab, and non-seafood entrees like Filet Mignon, Applewood Smoked Porn Loin, Ribeye and more you can see at www.harpoonharryscrabhouse.com.
Undoubtedly the most unique restaurant in Wears Valley, this roadside stop has more than meets the eye, and with a focused, delicious selection of sandwiches, wings, refreshments and other tasty treats served on a deck overlooking the waterfalls. Also features a gift shop with locally made crafts, activities for the kids and more. www.friendlyfalls.com