pancake pantryGatlinburg is known all over the world for its fun, family-friendly attractions and activities. But did you know that it’s also famous for its dining? Gatlinburg restaurants serve thousands of happy patrons each year. You may be hungry when you enter one, but you’re sure to leave with a full belly and a smile on your face. Here’s a look at some of the great places to eat in the area:

No trip to the south would be complete without sampling some of the region’s best barbecue. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at Calhoun’s, located at 1004 Parkway. Choose from their super-tender baby back ribs, succulent pulled pork, or tasty chicken. Even better: get the Calhoun Trio, which features all three. Delicious cheeseburgers, sandwiches, salads, side items and desserts round out their scrumptious menu.

Nothing makes the day start off right like a great breakfast. You’ll find just that at the Pancake Pantry, located at 628 Parkway. Choose from 24 different types of pancakes, including peach, blueberry, apple-walnut, or good old-fashioned buttermilk. Or dig into one of their seven types of omelets, such as the ham and cheese or western style choices. Enjoy your meal at this Gatlinburg restaurant while surrounded by the warm atmosphere, made all the more special by the rustic copper, rich oak, and centuries-old brick accents.

steak on a grillWhat satisfies both taste buds and tummy more than an excellent cut of beef? That’s what you’ll get at the Park Grill Steakhouse, located at 1110 Parkway. Selections at this restaurant in Gatlinburg include the 16 ounce Mountain Cut Ribeye, the ten and twelve ounce New York Strip or Filet Mignon, and of course some of the finest prime rib you’ll taste anywhere. There are tons of other great items as well, such as the Moonshine Chicken, fresh rainbow trout, and grilled or stuffed shrimp.

If your tastes run towards elegance, then you simply have to spend some time at the Wild Plum Tearoom, located at 555 Buckhorn Road in the heart of the arts and crafts community. Try their lobster pie with avocado vichyssoise, savor one of their signature plum muffins, or treasure each bite of the chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. Then sit back and enjoy the one-of-a-kind ambiance, surrounded by reflecting pools and flower gardens. The Wild Plum Tearoom gives a whole new meaning to the words “fine dining.”

On the other hand, if you prefer simple, delicious foods in a casual atmosphere, with a glass of something fermented to wash it all down, then the Smoky Mountain Brewery is the spot for you. Located at 1004 Parkway, you’ll find king-sized burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers, in an atmosphere that will remind you of a Bavarian inn. Wet your whistle with one of their fresh-squeezed citrus cocktails or tip back a mug filled with one of their many micro-brewed beers.

There are dozens of other Gatlinburg restaurants in the area. They range from doughnut shops and mom and pop diners to giant dining halls that serve the best home cooking anywhere. Plan your visit today; your stomach will thank you.