One of the most frequent questions we get here at Timbercreek Cabin Rentals is “What are some of the best places to eat?” While our cabins certainly come equipped with full kitchens that enable our guests to prepare meals without having to leave their property, we know there are times when you and your group will want to have breakfast, lunch or dinner out on the town. So this week, we’re passing along a few ideas for categories of places to eat – each of which offers its own distinctive advantages.
- A Music Theater
These days, many of the music theaters in Pigeon Forge offer dinner shows, including the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show, Biblical Times Dinner Theater, Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure. Most of these places offer a multicourse meal that includes some sort of soup, main course with sides, dessert and beverages. The menus are fixed but usually offer enough variety on one plate to please any palate. There’s usually some sort of pre-show activity going on while the meals are being served, and then guests are allowed to continue eating while the main show starts.
- A Picnic In Cades Cove
Stop at one of our local supermarkets, stock up on provisions and pack a lunch for two or more before you head into the Cades Cove section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you’re bringing sandwiches, fried chicken or salads, you can find any number of shady spots along the one-way 11-mile Cades Cove auto loop to pull over, spread out your feast and dine al fresco, surrounded by rolling scenic valleys and majestic mountains.
- Have Some Pancakes
There are lots of pancake restaurants in the Smokies, from Sevierville to Gatlinburg, all offering up full breakfast service in addition to traditional pancakes. A few names to look for include the venerable Pancake Pantry in downtown Gatlinburg, Crocketts Breakfast Camp, also in downtown Gatlinburg, and any number of locations of Flapjacks restaurants throughout the county.
- Themed Restaurants
Often, good food can be enhanced by a strong centralized theme that ties in the restaurant’s service, décor and atmosphere. You’ll find such experiences at places like Hard Rock Café in Pigeon Forge, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Gatlinburg, The Park Grill in Gatlinburg and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at The Island in Pigeon Forge.
- Local Favorites
There are some restaurants that have developed a following over the years, both by locals and by long-time visitors to the area. These are places not only known for having good food but also for offering an overall great dining experience to guests. Look for eateries like The Peddler Steakhouse, Best Italian and the Greenbrier Restaurant in Gatlinburg; the Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge; and Applewood Restaurant near the Apple Barn in Sevierville.