Going out for lunch is one of the many joys of being on vacation! Gatlinburg, TN is home to hundreds of fantastic restaurants, so choosing the best lunch spot requires a little research. Fortunately, Stony Brook Cabins is here to help. Our resident foodies have put together a guide to seven amazing places to have lunch in Gatlinburg during your next getaway.
1. Wild Plum Tea Room
The Tennessean newspaper recently ranked the Wild Plum Tea Room among the 10 best restaurants in the entire state! This charming cafe is located in the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community and features a gorgeous outdoor dining area that The Tennessean describes as “almost magical”. Popular scratch-made dishes at The Wild Plum include the lobster pie, salmon burger, and chicken salad. Due to the restaurant’s immense popularity, making reservations at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended.
2. Parton’s Deli
Parton’s Deli is legendary for its mouthwatering steamed sandwiches and friendly service. This charming shop has been delighting visitors to Gatlinburg since 1974! In addition to its incredible subs, Parton’s is also well known for its chili dogs, homemade potato salad, deviled eggs, and lemon pound cake. Be sure to bring cash when you eat at Parton’s, because this restaurant does not accept credit cards.
3. Mama’s Chicken Kitchen
Mama’s Chicken Kitchen is the perfect place to grab a bucket of fried chicken for a picnic in the national park. This awesome restaurant serves the same mouthwatering chicken that you can find at Mama’s Farmhouse in Pigeon Forge. Meals at Mama’s Chicken Kitchen in Gatlinburg come with flaky buttermilk biscuits, homemade jam, and your choice of side (we love the mac and cheese). It’s easy to see why Mama’s is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to have lunch in Gatlinburg.
4. J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe
When you visit Mama’s Chicken Kitchen, you can also order off the menu for J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe, as the two restaurants share a location. J.O.E. and Pop’s serves delicious subs, including Philly cheesesteaks, tuna salad, hot open-faced roast beef, and buffalo chicken. We recommend getting an order of their irresistible french fries with your sandwich!
5. Mellow Mushroom
When it comes to pizza, it’s hard to beat the Mellow Mushroom! The secret to the Mellow’s unparalleled pies is its dough, which is made with spring water and molasses. Boasting a thick (but not too thick) crust that is brushed with garlic butter and parmesan, the pizza at this restaurant is spectacular.
6. The Hofbrauhaus Restaurant
Located above The Cheese Cupboard in The Village Shops, The Hofbrauhaus Restaurant specializes in German-style deli favorites. People come from far and wide to try Hofbrauhaus’ Reuben sandwich, which many visitors consider to be the best in the area. Adults can also enjoy a glass of authentic German beer with their meal.
7. Fannie Farkle’s
If you’re looking for a quick and tasty lunch on The Strip, head over to Fannie Farkle’s to enjoy their fantastic country fair-inspired food. This beloved eatery is famous for its Ogle Dogs (footlong corndogs), sausage subs, and cheesesteaks. After your meal, you can head over to Fannie Farkle’s fun arcade to play classic games like skee ball and down-the-clown.
When you stay with Stony Brook Cabins, you will be near all of these great places to have lunch in Gatlinburg. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 6 bedroom cabins, we are sure to have the perfect property for your escape. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of cabin rentals in Gatlinburg!