#GatlinburgEats: Four Ways to Eat Ridiculously Well in Gatlinburg
To truly experience Gatlinburg, you have to experience its local flavors. From hole-in-the-wall to roof-top top patios, the ‘Burg is filled with dishes that will be the dining highlight of your Smoky Mountain vacation. Read to find out how to indulge well in Gatlinburg.
One of the most cherished eateries in town, Parton’s Deli has been graciously serving hungry customers for over four decades. Best known for their savory take on the classic American hot dog, they also dole out a variety of deli sandwiches, Moon Pies and any soda pop you can imagine. Our advice: Stop by this family owned and operated deli after a day of cruising through the Smokies and ask the owner Dennis to make you a delicious slaw dog or Reuben sandwich before finishing off the meal with a slice of their heavenly homemade lemon pound cake. It will be the perfect pick-me-up every time. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and be sure to bring cash to purchase your meal! They are located at 332 Parkway.
If there’s one along the Parkway that needs no introduction it’s Fannie Farkle’s. Stopping by for an Ogle Dog and a few rounds of arcade games is a Gatlinburg tradition as old as they come. The Ogle Dog, named after a Gatlinburg founding father, is made from a secret recipe that is over 45-years-old and pairs perfectly with a tall glass of their home-brewed Tennessee Sweet Tea. Their tasty cheesesteaks and Sausage Subs are close rivals to the famous dog and most definitely need to be followed by a cup of the Hawaiian Shaved Ice.
Craving a taste of Little Italy? Stop in at Best Italian Cafe & Pizzeria in Elks Plaza any time of the day and take your pick between steaming plates of fresh golden garlic rolls, spaghetti or chicken parm. They don’t have “best” in their name for nothing. Since 1976, this Gatlinburg restaurant has been a town favorite for classic Italian dishes like linguine with mussels or their famously unbeatable New York-style pizza. From their perfectly orchestrated antipasto salad to their towering calzone, this little eatery will wow you with their warm, comforting flavors while offering guests reasonable prices and old-fashioned dining style.
Add some spice to your mealtime by heading over to Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina. Frequently noted for their colorful atmosphere and rooftop patio, this traditional Tex-Mex restaurant serves up all the flavorful dishes you crave in generous portion sizes. Grab a fork and try to take on their fresh, carefully marinated World Famous Fajitas, grilled up with some sweet peppers, onions and served on a platter of happiness filled with charro beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, jalapeños, Mexican Butter and more. Equally good are the Empanadas and Taco Salad. Complete the meal with any of Loco Burro’s innovative and fun cocktails and get ready to celebrate.