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Cumberland Jack's LeConte Kitchen in Gatlinburg

Where the Locals Eat: Top 5 Gatlinburg Restaurants

DATE : March 24, 2024

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the Smoky Mountains or are a seasoned traveler to the area, there are so many overwhelming choices of places to eat. That’s why we locals are here to give recommendations on our favorite downtown Gatlinburg restaurants! Take a look at our list of the top 5 local Gatlinburg restaurants and see for yourself why they are local favorites.

1. Crockett’s Breakfast Camp

crockett's breakfast campBreakfast is the most important meal of the day, and at Crockett’s Breakfast is Camp, you can expect hearty portions of delicious Southern comforts like thick griddle cakes, stuffed omelets, and plenty of meat options. Their lodge atmosphere honors David C. “Crockett” Maples, a local area frontiersman, with unique glimpses into Appalachian history. We highly recommend trying one of their giant cinnamon rolls, which you can also ask to have deep-fried and slathered with caramel sauce and whipped cream!

2. Smith & Son Corner Kitchen

You won’t regret stopping at Smith & Son Corner Kitchen for lunch, dinner, or even just a drink! The menu features starters like the Nachyo Nachos, fried okra, and beef brisket street tacos, as well as chopped salads, wings, burgers, loaded hot dogs, and more! This Gatlinburg restaurant also has a full bar menu with signature cocktails– some of our favorites include the Moonshine Mule, Hillbilly Hurricane, and the Nutter Butter Old Fashioned. 

3. Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill Tom & Earl's Back Alley Grill

Another one of our favorite Gatlinburg restaurants is Tom and Earl’s Back Alley Grill. As its name suggests, this local spot is a bit of a hidden gem, serving up delicious appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, wraps, and other sandwiches. Enjoy a casual, laid-back meal and a beer, like the chili cheese fries and the Hillbilly Philly sandwich! We also suggest the Dyin’ Man sandwich, a thick slice of fried bologna, pulled pork, bacon, and stone ground mustard. Also, you can find live music at Tom & Earl’s on some weekends!

4. Cumberland Jack's

Cumberland Jack's is a downtown Gatlinburg restaurant that's mission is to serve hearty meals to hungry travelers and locals. You can get a true taste of the Smokies when you visit this spot. Cumberland Jack was the trusted companion of Paul Adams, who lived on the mountain together to care for LeConte Lodge. The meals you'll enjoy at Cumberland Jack's LeConte Kitchen are some of the same that the two shared together on the mountain. The menu features comfort food at its finest, from shrimp and grits to deep fried Mississippi catfish. Let's not forget the signature drinks, like the Boozy Bullhead Butterbeer or Honeysuckle Sweet Tea! Once you visit, you'll understand why this is a local favorite.

5. The Peddler Steakhouse

The Peddler Steakhouse in downtown GatlinburgThe Peddler Steakhouse is a perfect date night restaurant, but once you visit, it will immediately become a must-stop during every trip to the Smokies! This place to eat is most well known for tender, juicy steaks and a phenomenal salad bar. The beautiful dining space provides a stunning view of the Little Pigeon River, making the entire experience one you’ll never forget. Some menu items we particularly love are the signature chicken almond soup, portabella chicken if you prefer a different protein than steak, and of course, the hot blackberry cobbler served with vanilla ice cream for dessert. 

We hope you’ll visit one of these Gatlinburg restaurants during your visit to the Smokies! Interested in more restaurant recommendations with the local’s stamp of approval? Check out these places to eat with a Smoky Mountain view!