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If you are a frequent reader of this blog you’ll know that we cover the diverse activities and attractions you can enjoy in Gatlinburg. While zip lining, snow sports, wildlife viewing and riding the Aerial Tram are some of the more popular things to do here, it’d be remiss of us not to clue you in on some of the great food Gatlinburg has to offer. In fact, we really want to acquaint you with a meal by meal take on some of the best Southern cuisine you’ll find in our city’s restaurants. While we won’t play favorites and discuss establishments by name, we’ll familiarize you with some of the taste treats that you can look forward to sampling when you get here.

We offer you this Foodie Formula for Success that you can follow when you arrive:

Breakfast: There’s no better way to start the day than with a hot breakfast, and Gatlinburg’s restaurants can more than accommodate your desire for a big plate of all the Southern favorites like griddle cakes, eggs, sizzlin’ bacon, fried ham, sausage and even breakfast burritos. If you love pancakes you must come to Gatlinburg as some of our restaurants are famous for pancakes; there are dozens of types you can try, like Southern pecan, fruit and nut, cinnamon swirl, buttermilk pancakes, peanut butter and chocolate chip pancakes, and so many more.

And…it wouldn’t be a Southern breakfast without a plate of amazing biscuits and gravy. Don’t forget to ask for these as your breakfast just wouldn’t be complete without them!

Lunch: Save some room after your big breakfast as we have some great lunch recommendations for you! Lunch is a really fun meal in Gatlinburg because you’ll find that many of the restaurants have created sandwiches and entrees with names influenced by our local wildlife and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Indulge yourself after a big morning visiting the area attractions and bite into tasty ham or turkey club sandwiches, catfish appetizers, mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms, terrific dips and lots of specialties like barbecued or rotisserie chicken.

Dinner: If you’ve been out all day shopping, exploring the old homesteads at Cades Cove or hiking in the National Park, you’ve surely worked up an appetite. Satisfy that hunger with dinner in Gatlinburg. Go casual with a big steak, filet mignon, rib eye or New York strip at one of our top steakhouses, or treat yourself to some Southern favorites like fried chicken, Southern fried catfish, and don’t forget the trout! There are more ways to eat trout in Gatlinburg than you’d ever imagine! Our area is home to some of the best trout around and our restaurants really know how to prepare it…check out these trout entrees and decide which you’d like to try: broiled trout, pan-fried trout, blackened rainbow trout, trout with mustard sauce, smoked trout and so much more. Don’t forget the hush puppies!

We know someone out there is wondering…what about the barbecued ribs? Oh yes, Gatlinburg is home to some of the lip smackingest ribs you’ll find anywhere! Enjoy mesquite and hickory smoked meat, and enjoy it mild, or hot and spicy. One thing we know for sure is that Tennessee barbecue is going to be one of your new dinner favorites! Make sure you order plenty of slaw to go with it!

Ready to discover a whole new world of eating in Gatlinburg? Book your vacation to Gatlinburg now.

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