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The Best Restaurants in Gatlinburg for a 1 Day Trip

DATE : March 7, 2023

So you only have 1 day to spend in Gatlinburg. You already have a full itinerary for all the fun things you want to do, like walking across the SkyBridge or staring out at the mountain views from the top of Anakeesta. But where should you grab a bite to eat? We can help with that! Here is our list of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg for your 1 day trip.

Breakfast: Crockett’s Breakfast Camp

crockett's breakfast campTo start the day off right, you need to eat a full meal after a good night’s rest. The place to go is Crockett’s Breakfast Camp. You’ll find a huge menu full of American and southern classics, like eggs cooked to order, pecan smoked bacon, sausage patties, biscuits and gravy, and more. If you want to try something unique to Crockett’s, you can’t go wrong with the Aretha Frankenstein griddle cakes! These aren’t any ordinary pancakes since they are about 1 inch thick; you may not even be able to finish a whole one by yourself! Their giant cinnamon rolls, fried cinnamon rolls, and pot roast eggs benedict are other signature favorites you’ll want to try at this breakfast place in Gatlinburg!

Lunch: Smith & Son Corner Kitchen

Once your breakfast starts wearing off, it’s time to start thinking about lunch. Since you’ll be in the heart of downtown and you’re searching for the best restaurants in Gatlinburg, you should head to Smith & Son Corner Kitchen. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find something mouthwatering on the menu! Crispy fried chicken wings will be tossed in the sauce of your choice, or you can get savory mac and cheese topped with smoked pulled pork and barbecue sauce. There’s also a huge selection of burgers, sandwiches, fried fish or shrimp, smoked meatloaf, and much more! Don’t forget to check out the drink menu to try one of the signature cocktails!

Dinner: The Peddler

The Peddler Steakhouse in downtown GatlinburgAfter a full day of exploring, you’re ready to eat dinner at one of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg, but where do you go? Well for anyone who loves a steak dinner, it’s The Peddler! This popular restaurant is tucked away off the Strip, right next to a creek for a beautiful view. Get any cut of steak you prefer, and pair it with marinated chicken, shrimp, or salmon for a full meal. You can also add button mushrooms or caramelized onions to your steak. Every meal comes with their signature salad bar, so you won’t leave hungry!

Dessert: The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar

If you have after-dinner plans and find yourself craving something sweet, then you have to stop at The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar. This creamery creates outrageous milkshakes you’ll have to see in person to believe! Every shake is topped with a separate dessert (like a cookie or a whole slice of cheesecake), and the flavors are pretty unique! There’s fruity, sweet and salty, chocolatey, candy themed, and so much more to choose from!

You won’t want to miss out on any of these best restaurants in Gatlinburg while you’re in town for a day. We promise you’ll want to come back and try them all again because they’re so delicious! When you’re ready to plan your next Gatlinburg getaway, book one of our Gatlinburg hotel rooms!