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When you go on vacation, trying the local restaurants is always one of the best parts! Gatlinburg is home to a variety of delicious places to eat for even the tiniest of eaters. When you visit with your family, choose somewhere that everyone in the family will love — especially the kids! To help you pick the perfect place, we’ve made a list of 5 of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg for kids.
1. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is a restaurant the whole family will enjoy. Located right next to the Gatlinburg Convention Center, it’s easy to get to and even easier to find something on the menu you want to eat! This family-friendly restaurant has a special kid’s menu with all your kids’ favorites. Choose from a variety of options, like popcorn shrimp and pizza. All kid’s meals come with your choice of entree, a side, a drink, and jello. To satisfy your little one’s sweet tooth, let them build their own sundae!
2. Pancake Pantry
Start the morning off right with a tasty breakfast at the Pancake Pantry. The Pancake Pantry is Gatlinburg’s oldest pancake house and has been providing visitors and locals with pancakes since 1960. While the grown-ups will enjoy this restaurant too, the kids will love choosing a pancake meal off their very own menu! The most popular choice among kids is Bears in the Snow, 2 bear-shaped pancakes with powdered sugar, served with whipped butter and hot syrup. Also popular is the Children’s Special, which includes 4 miniature pancakes, 1 egg, bacon, whipped butter, and hot syrup.
3. Fannie Farkle’s
While not technically a restaurant, you don’t want to miss the chance to take your kids to Fannie Farkle’s! Fannie Farkle’s is famous for its food, and you can smell it as soon as you walk through the doors. Let your kids try their famous Ogle Dog — a fresh-dipped corn dog that is made from a secret recipe. They’re a foot long, so you might have to help your kids finish it! Fannie Farkle’s also has cheesesteaks, all-beef hot dogs, and sausage subs. After you eat, have fun playing the latest games and winning awesome prizes like stuffed animals and figurines!
4. Johnny Rockets
Johnny Rockets is one of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg for kids! They serve the best burgers and fries you can find. Kids can choose from chicken tenders, grilled cheese, hot dogs, or mini burgers! After they finish their kid’s meal, treat them to a milkshake. All the milkshakes are hand-spun and made with premium vanilla ice cream, whole milk, and topped with whipped cream.
5. Slice Pizza Bakery
For another place with both food and fun, head to Slice Pizza Bakery. Who doesn’t love pizza? At Slice Pizza Bakery, you can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine right in the heart of Gatlinburg. Pizza is served both by the pie and by the slice. You can even enjoy specialty pizzas like their Philly Cheese Steak. Slice Pizza Bakery is located at the base of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, so after your meal you can ride the glass elevators to the top and take in stunning views of the city and the mountains. You can also visit Arcadia, which has 100 of the hottest games and the area’s largest redemption center.
More of the Best Restaurants in Gatlinburg for Kids
These are just some of the great restaurants in Gatlinburg for kids. With so many delicious options, it’s impossible to make the wrong choice! Other popular restaurants your kids will love are Big Daddy’s Pizzeria, Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que, and Crockett’s Breakfast Camp. Browse more of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg and find the perfect place for your family to eat!