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One of the most beloved places to eat in the Smokies is enjoying a moment in the spotlight! As part of their “Hidden Treasures of Gatlinburg” series, Knoxville’s NBC affiliate profiled Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs. This one-of-a-kind restaurant is famous for its unique hot dogs and delicious milkshakes. WBIR’s Brandon Bates went down to Gatlinburg to sample some of the restaurant’s signature dishes and interview the owner. You can watch the segment below:
Highlights of the Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs Menu
Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs definitely doesn’t serve your average hot dogs! All of the “dawgs” at this restaurant feature special toppings and marinades that you won’t find anywhere else. To help you prepare for your visit, we have put together a guide to some of the most popular items on the Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs menu:
The Southern Fried Dawg is a hot dog that you have never seen before! To make this tasty sandwich, an all beef hot dog is twice dipped in a batter made from Cheez-It cracker crumbs and deep fried. The dawg is served on a toasted roll with a special sauce and lots of shredded cheddar cheese.
The Chili Cheese Fry Dawg is the restaurant’s best selling hot dog, and it’s easy to see why! This creation consists of an all beef hot dog covered in french fries and smothered with chili and shredded cheddar cheese. The highlight of the dawg is the mouthwatering chili, which is made in-house each day.
The Pizza Dawg is always a hit with kids! Made with a hot dog, marinara sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, and pepperoni, this dawg is a taste of Italy in the Smokies.
The Moonshine Dawg tips its hat to the Smoky Mountains’ drink of choice. This ¼ lb. beef hot dog is marinated in authentic Tennessee moonshine before it hits the grill. All of the alcoholic content is removed from the dawg during the cooking process, so you can enjoy the flavor of white lightnin’ without it going to your head. The hot dog is served with melted cheddar cheese and a thinly sliced pickle.
The Homemade Milkshakes are the perfect way to end your meal at Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs. All of the wonderful milkshakes at this restaurant are made with Amish buttercream ice cream, which creates a shake that is incredibly rich and thick. Shakes come in a variety of flavors, including Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Pineapple, Chocolate Strawberry, and Chocolate Peanut Butter.
To see all of the items of the Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs menu board, scroll left through the photos on the restaurant’s official Facebook page.
Visiting Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs
Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs is located at 103 Mills Park Road, which is right off of the East Parkway in Gatlinburg. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. If you’re looking for a speedy meal, you can call your order in for pickup at 865-325-8284.
Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs offers outdoor seating, which makes it a great place for guests with furry friends. What could be better than eating a dawg while enjoying the company of your dog?
If you’re lucky, you might get to meet a local celebrity during your visit to Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs: Charles the Pig! Charles belongs to the owners of the restaurant and is known to make guests appearances from time to time. This friendly pig is very popular with guests, especially children.
For more can’t-miss destinations that are a little off the beaten path, check out these 6 hidden gems in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains!