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In Gatlinburg, big hearty Southern meals are generally the rule. The main strip of Gatlinburg offers many other barbecue and grill places, including Bennetts. Calhoun's, Damon's Grill, and the Cherokee Grill. The Peddler and Park Grill restaurants also do well among locals and visitors. http://www.peddlerparkgrill.com/ http://www.bennetts-bbq.com/ Bennetts even sells their popular bottles of barbecue sauce on line.
Ethnic food and exotic fare are not particularly high-profile in Gatlinburg. One option is the Hofbrauhaus Restaurant, a large cheese shop and deli known for its reuben sandwiches. There are also several Italian places to choose from serving pizza, pasta and other specialties. Best Italian Cafe is the favorite option, and the Gondolier Italian Restaurant is also very nice with a large selection.
If you're in the mood for seafood, head for Lineberger's, a longtime local favorite.
Visitors should also consider stopping at one of the popular Applewood restaurants in town. They serve hearty country food but the Applewood Farmhouse restaurant is especially known for its apple fritters, which are almost the main attraction. http://www.stokelyhospitality.com/ There are at least three different Applewood restaurants to choose from, all of them serving Deep South specialties for breakfast and dinners such as ribs and chicken. The original Applewood restaurant is located amid a large apple grove, but you don't have to like apples to feast at these places.
Atrium Pancakes offers many varities of pancakes and waffles any time of day, and there are several other pancake houses in town as well for those seeking an energy boost before or after that strenuous hike. Along with pancakes, the crowded downtown Gatlinburg strip is also home to a large number of takeout places, chain restaurants, sweet shops and other such eateries that will sustain you on a long road trip or hike, or just provide a filling, and most likely fattening, snack, often with a southern flavor.
If you want Mexican food there are three options- Las Ositas Cantina & Grill on Ski Mountain road is a small restaurant focusing on freshness and authenticity (www.letseat.at/LasOsitas). Los Rancheros on 321 is a large Mexican restaurant. No Way Jose's has a big patio where they serve appetizers and drinks looking out onto the strip. They are located next to the Aquarium.
If you are interested in good country cooking for a fair price you should check out the Mountain Lodge Restaraunt on Hwy 321 across the street from the Tenessee Bank, that is where you will find most of the locals eat breakfast and lunch! Speaking of where the locals eat you may also want to visit the Greenbriar Restaruant which is in an old log cabin overlooking the woods. Just drive up Newman road to find it!!
If you happen to be in the Arts and Crafts Community to the east of Gatlinburg you can have traditional English fare at The Ship English Pub or the Fox and Parrott Tavern, or get some awesome sandwiches at the Wild Plum Tea Room..