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Eat Like A Local: 6 Can’t-Miss Restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for First-Time Visitors

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People have been visiting the Smokies for generations! The area is filled with wonderful restaurants that have a little of something for everyone! Are you wondering what are the best places to grab a bite to eat? It is time for you to eat like a local. Here are 6 can’t-miss restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for first-time visitors:

1. The Old Mill Restaurant

The Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon ForgeNothing says the Smoky Mountains like enjoying a meal at The Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge. When considering some of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, The Old Mill is a can’t-miss place to go! Located along the Little Pigeon River, The Old Mill is one of the oldest continually operating gristmills in the United States! Enjoy delicious Southern classics for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at this historic place. You’re going to want to try this place out!

2. Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

Located on the grounds of the Apple Barn in Sevierville, the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant is a great spot to grab a tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The farmhouse was originally built in 1921 as a family home and was later turned into a restaurant. Here you will find Southern classics and their famous apple fritters. Have some amazing Southern food and grab some homemade apple fritters to go!

3. Pancake Pantry

Pancake Pantry in GatlinburgServing up pancakes since 1960, the Pancake Pantry is a must-stop place in Gatlinburg! These tasty pancakes are out of this world! Stop here for a hearty breakfast or lunch and grab some food to go. Enjoy the assortment of items on the menu including 24 different varieties of pancakes! Have a great time at this breakfast joint!

4. Alamo Steakhouse

With restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Alamo Steakhouse serves up some of the best steaks in the area. The steaks are aged and grilled over an oak fire to ensure tenderness and flavor! You’ll love the care and quality they take in preparing the items on the menu. Dine here for lunch or dinner on your vacation!

5. Huck Finn’s Catfish

Huck Finn's Catfish in Pigeon ForgeAre you a fan of seafood? If you are, you are going to love Huck Finn’s Catfish in Pigeon Forge. This seafood restaurant is known for its all-you-can-eat Southern catfish and fried chicken! They serve only U.S farm-raised grain-fed catfish and have wonderful hospitality! If you are not interested in a buffet, check out their full menu with more options.

6. Local Goat

If you are looking for a delicious burger and great craft beer, you need to visit Local Goat in Pigeon Forge! This New American restaurant makes food from scratch and uses locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients. They have a great selection of menu items and unique starters! Everyone will be able to find something to enjoy on the menu at Local Goat!

Feel like a local yet? You now know the 6 can’t-miss restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for first-time visitors. Do you want to learn about other restaurants in the area? Be sure to check out more Smoky Mountain restaurants and start planning your fun vacation in the Smokies!