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We know you love visiting the popular restaurants in the Smoky Mountains area, like the Old Mill Restaurant and The Peddler, but if you want to try something different next time, visit one of the unique restaurants! Each of the restaurants we’ve listed below have something special that sets them apart from all the rest in the area. Here are 8 unique restaurants in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains:
1. The Wild Plum
The Wild Plum offers a dining experience you won’t find anywhere else in the Smokies. This Gatlinburg restaurant is open for lunch and has the freshest options in town! The idea for The Wild Plum came from the tea houses in the mountains of Austria, where people gather daily and dine on whatever was made fresh that day. It’s a place where visitors can relax, take in the Smoky Mountain area and eat good food. The menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and specialties. It changes often, so you never know what you’ll get to enjoy at The Wild Plum! The restaurant is famous for their chicken salad, wild plum tea, sandwiches and wild plum muffins.
This restaurant is located at 555 Buckhorn Road in Gatlinburg.
2. Crystelle Creek
Crystelle Creek offers something for everyone. What makes it so special is that it provides visitors with the finest dining and entertainment, all at an affordable price. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two in the quiet indoor dining area, or have a casual meal on their covered sports porch that’s perfect for families and friends. The porch is also dog friendly and makes this spot one of the few pet-friendly restaurants in Gatlinburg! The menu includes everything from seafood, to ribs, to signature Italian dishes. It is known to have some of the best trout dishes and smoked ribs in Gatlinburg! Outside of the restaurant, there’s a creek, a koi pond, water cascading from the roof over large windows, and a 150-foot lighted tree that makes for a beautiful sight at night.
Crystelle Creek is located at 1654 East Parkway in Gatlinburg.
3. MonsterMash Burgers
Are you in the mood for a monster-sized meal? Then MonsterMash Burgers in Sevierville is the spot for you. Not only are the portions monstrous, but every item on the menu is monster themed! Try the Squatch American Burger, or the Bigfoot Monster Dog. Burgers and hot dogs aren’t the only things on the menu, though. You can also enjoy mac and cheese dishes like Dracula’s Steak & Cheese Mac, which includes beef brisket, sirloin tips, bacon, queso, sauteed onions & peppers, fries, mozzarella and parmesan. Be sure to save room for one of their monster milkshakes for dessert! The Grave Digger is the most popular shake on the menu and features peanut butter chocolate ice cream, oreo pieces, chocolate chips, chocolate ganache and gummy works! There’s even a special menu for the little monsters in your family!
MonsterMash Burgers is located at 611 Parkway in Sevierville.
4. Crockett’s Breakfast Camp
Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is set in a rustic cabin atmosphere and offers modern takes on classic Southern breakfast dishes. Outside the restaurant, you’ll see a wooden statue of David C. “Crockett” Maples. He was an original frontiersman, an honored soldier and a devoted family man with an inspirational story. The restaurant was made in his honor and is known for serving the best home-cooked breakfast in the Smoky Mountains! Part of what makes Crockett’s so unique is their Griddle Cakes. These aren’t your typical pancakes — they’re extra thick and fluffy! You’ll also find waffles, French toast, omelets, fried cinnamon rolls and more on the menu.
Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is located at 1103 Parkway in Gatlinburg.
5. Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant is a favorite among everyone who visits the Smoky Mountains. Although it’s popular, it still provides a unique dining experience. Enjoy your favorite Southern dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, paired with their homemade apple fritters and apple julep. It’s Sevierville’s oldest restaurant and has been serving guests delicious food since 1986! Enjoy country omelets and farmyard specials for breakfast, and famous Southern dishes like fried chicken and chicken and dumplings for lunch or dinner. After your meal, stroll through the rest of the shops in the Apple Barn Village and pay a visit to The Apple Barn to buy some of their famous apple butter to take back home!
The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant is located at 230 Apple Valley Road in Sevierville.
6. Fox & Parrot Tavern
The Fox & Parrot Tavern is a British-themed, family-oriented pub that has both great food and great entertainment. This is one of the most unique restaurants in Gatlinburg because it’s the area’s only authentic British pub! On the menu, you’ll find traditional British dishes like Banger & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Fish & Chips. There are also tasty desserts like Bread Pudding and Egg Custard. All of the food is made from scratch, and there is a variety of draught beers that adults love. After your meal, enjoy a game of darts!
Fox & Parrot Tavern is located at 1065 Glade Road in Gatlinburg.
7. Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe
For a fun, family breakfast, visit Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe! This unique restaurant is stocked with more than 100 singing, animatronic chickens, so you can be serenaded while you eat. If you have kids, you don’t want to miss the chance to dine here. The menu is filled with fun options like silver dollar caterpillar pancakes, bear pancakes and pig pancakes! Adults can enjoy their famous frizzled chicken & waffles, French toast, or famous biscuits. They also have a variety of pancakes, like their donut pancakes, Oreo pancakes and Funfetti pancakes.
Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe is located at 2785 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
8. Elvira’s Cafe
For a restaurant that’s off the beaten path, dine at Elvira’s Cafe. This mountainside cafe offers homemade food in a warm and inviting environment. The atmosphere is unlike any other restaurant in the area. Visit for breakfast to enjoy omelets, hot cakes, crepes and more, or visit for lunch to try a variety of delicious sandwiches! The dinner menu includes Southern favorites like fried catfish, blackened trout and fried chicken. All of the dishes on the menu are made with ingredients that come directly from local farms! For a little Southern hospitality and a lot of flavor, visit Elvira’s Cafe.
More Restaurants in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains
These are just some of the most unique restaurants in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Whether you want to dine off the beaten path or try one of the popular restaurants along the Parkway, one thing is for sure: You’ll never go hungry in the Smokies! For more options of where to eat on your vacation, check out these restaurants in Gatlinburg and the Smokies.