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With all the attractions, shopping and outdoor activities that Gatlinburg has to offer, you're sure to work up an appetite. If you want to eat hearty and stay within your budget take a look at our checklist that will introduce you to some tasty treats you'll find in Gatlinburg:

Breakfast on a budget: It's definitely the most important meal of the day and you'll find so many options in Gatlinburg, you'll never run out of places to enjoy a tasty and affordable meal. Gatlinburg is known for its variety of family friendly breakfast restaurants, but there’s one type of breakfast food that is a local specialty: pancakes. Pancakes come in all sizes and shapes in Gatlinburg. Kids love pancakes and one of the kid favorites is chocolate chip pancakes! There are several well-known pancake restaurants in the area; there's even one that serves 24 different kinds of pancakes!

Dozens of Ways to Eat Apples: Gatlinburg has some intriguing apple-themed food that will make your mouth water. Apple pie, fritters, apple butter, apple cider, apple wine -- even apple moonshine! There are several restaurants in Gatlinburg that serve apple pancakes, too! Mmm!! 

Dine on Famous Local Trout: Gatlinburg is home to some of the best trout you'll ever taste, and wow do our restaurants know how to prepare it!! You'll find trout cooked in dozens of ways, often for very reasonable prices. Did you ever eat trout with dill weed, or trout with cheese? How's about smoked trout spread or grilled rainbow trout? The choice is yours, but get here fast so you can sample superior trout that will leave you wanting more.

Not just any picnic, It’s a Gatlinburg Picnic: The delis in Gatlinburg can help you get your picnic basket together. Sample some of their delicious meats, cheeses and spreads to make sandwiches that are perfect to pack on a short day hike. Or let them make up some great sandwiches for you like hoagies, reubens, roast beef, salami or pastrami sandwiches. You might want to stop by one of the cheese shops downtown and get your hands on some domestic and imported cheese to go with your sandwiches.

Drop what you’re doing for some Gatlinburg donuts and sweets: Your trip to Gatlinburg wouldn't be complete if you didn't sample some of the famous donuts made here. Entering some of the donut and pastry shops is just a little too tempting, and usually willpower goes out the window when it comes to ordering some of these scrumptious snacks. The variety of donuts is impressive in Gatlinburg and you'll also find lots of other treats that will be hard to pass up like glazed croissants and funnel cakes (batter poured through a funnel into hot cooking oil, using a circular pouring motion, which results in a dinner plate-sized cake that's great for topping with whipped cream, fruit and ice cream).

If all of these sweet descriptions don't make your mouth water, then how's about some fudge? Gatlinburg offers some great fudge, and what you'll like about the fudge here is that it's fresh -- usually made the day you eat it. If you don't eat enough fudge while you are here, some of the shops offer online ordering, so when you go home you can order some and pick up where you left off.

If you are thinking about hiking with your picnic to Great Smoky Mountains National Park or other nearby spots, take a look at our post about hiking in Gatlinburg and also our post on summer hiking safety so you'll be prepared when you take to the outdoors.

We hope hearing about some of these tasty and affordable Gatlinburg specialties gets you in the mood to plan your trip. If that's the case, it's easy to get started.

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