Have you tried all of the popular restaurants in the Smoky Mountains? We want to share some unique places you should try the next time you stay with us! There’s a huge variety of cuisine, and you’ll enjoy eating at all of these places! Here are the top 6 hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the Smoky Mountains:
1. Smokies Cuban Cafe
If you’ve never had traditional Cuban food, you need to eat at Smokies Cuban Cafe the next time you’re in town. They have empanadas, papa rellenas, and a traditional Cuban sandwich. There are a variety of entrees, from chicken to beef, that are served with rice, black beans, and your choice of plantains, tostones, or boiled yuca. You’ll enjoy trying any of the food at Smokies Cuban Cafe. Don’t forget to try their coffee with your dessert!
2. Hickory Cabin Seasoning Company
Love southern barbeque? Some of the best barbeque you’ll ever have is at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in the Smoky Mountains called Hickory Cabin Seasoning Company! They serve pulled pork and smoked chicken that have been slow roasted and covered in their house made sauce. Get corn nuggets, baked beans, fried okra, or potato salad to go with your barbeque as a side.
3. Frank Allen’s
One of the most popular hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the Smoky Mountains the locals love is Frank Allen’s. It’s truly unique because it’s located in a gas station! They serve delicious burgers with your choice of toppings. Pile your burger high with your favorites, and get a side of fries. Frank Allen’s also has other sandwiches and hot dog options.
4. Pawpaw’s Catfish Kitchen
Pawpaw’s Catfish Kitchen is a local joint that serves authentic Cajun food. Try something new like alligator bites or boudin balls. They serve gumbo full of Cajun spices and traditional jambalaya you won’t want to skip. You can also find po boys with a variety of meat options, red beans and rice, and crawfish etouffee. Pawpaw’s also has New Orleans sno-balls seasonally!
5. Three Jimmy’s Good Time Eatery
If you’re spending any time in Gatlinburg, you should go to Three Jimmy’s Good Time Eatery. This restaurant in the Smoky Mountains has all of your American favorites. Start out with fried pickles or fried mushrooms. Try the beef brisket if you want barbeque or chicken pot pie for comfort food. Three Jimmy’s also serves artisanal pizzas, a huge variety of sandwiches, and burgers piled high with toppings.
6. The Local Attraction Gastropub
Never been to a pub? The Local Attraction Gastropub should be your first stop in the Smokies! You’ll find classics like fried cheese curds, chicken wings, and pretzel bites. They have a fried shrimp basket and a chicken tender basket, as well as fish and chips. You’ll also find a pimento cheese sandwich topped with a fried green tomato, a classic reuben sandwich, and “The Local” sandwich, which is a thick-cut, Jack Daniels smoked bologna sandwich.
Now you’ll want to try all of these hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the Smoky Mountains! Start planning your next trip by booking one of our Smoky Mountain cabins so you can try these unique places to eat!