Great places to eat while in Eastern Tennessee
Restaurants in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Gatlinburg is a mountain resort town located in Eastern Tennessee. It’s a huge popular vacation spot for those that want to visit and hike the Smoky Mountains
131 Island Drive Suite 9118 Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
903 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Originally opened in the West End in Dallas, Texas, Dicks’s Last Resort is located on the Island in Pigeon Forge and in Gatlinburg Tennessee. This restaurant is known for the waiters and waitresses being very rude. It take a little bit of time to get use to, but if you’re aware before coming in, it’s a great way to have a laugh.
762 Parkway #5, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Craw daddy’s features cajon styled food. Some of the most popular places include Oyster Rockefeller, Lobster Bisque, Po’ Boy Sandwiches, Crab Cake dinner, and low country boil.
Places to eat near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Pigeon Forge is located in Eastern Tennessee and is also a mountain resort city. It’s also a little less “mainstream” and boasts southern culture and country music
2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
1004 Parkway #501, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Great Smokey Mountain Brewery also known as SMB is a brewery in East Tennessee. It is the oldest craft brewery in all of Eastern Tennessee. It first opened in Gatlinburg and then later opened a location in Pigeon Forge. Their foods include an assort meant of what you would expect of bar food. The menu is filled with sandwiches, subs, burgers, wings past, hand tossed pizzas and calzones, salads, steaks, ribs, BBW chicken, fish and chips. They also offer the option to take home some their microbrewery beers at home. Their sold in bottles (12oz), growlers (64oz), mini kegs (5 liters), 1/3 of a keg (5.2 gallons), or an entire keg (15.5 gallons)
3526 Parkway #4, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
This little whole in the wall cafe serves classic cuban food. It has a homestyle cooking. They are considered to be the only authentic cuban food in the smokies. Menu includes shot so cuban expresso, pastelists, empanadas, cuban sandwiches, croquettes, black bean and rice, roasted pork, vaca and stones. They don’t have a website but a facebook page. My personal favorite to get here is the Ropa Vieja.
Places to eat in Sevierville, Tennessee
Sevierville is located near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. It’s an even smaller mountain town and is a popular vacation spot for those who have time shares.
1638 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862
This restaurant offers the best in country dining. They also will delivered quality cured ham and have been doing so since 1948. Breakfast starts bright and early at 7:30am and ends at 2:30. The menu includes grittle cakes and breakfast breads (pancakes and French toast). Harvest Mountain bounty which is a plate that has a sample of customary American breakfast. They come with two eggs, grits, potatoes, biscuit, sausage gravy and a pancakes. The menu section of “From the Coop” & “Folded Eggs” are scrambled eggs and omelets. Lunch is served towards the end of breakfast which include salads, soups ribs and deserts. And from 2:30 to closing Five Oaks Farm Kitchen serves from the supper menu. These include options from the lunch menu with more options for ribs and smoked meats.
202 Collier Dr, Sevierville, TN 37862
This is pub located in Govenor’s Crossing. They boast a very relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Perfect place to have a drink made from the locally sold moonshine distilleries, grab some food and watch the current sports game thats playing.
How I spent a weekend in Asheville, NC
For the weekend one of my friends that I studied abroad with got married in little town outside of Asheville, NC this weekend. The wedding was so much fun with a lot of nostalgia from my semester abroad. I got to see people that I haven’t spoken to in years. Since the couple met in Spain, their wedding was themed after everything Spanish. There were patatas bravas and paella along with churros. The venue was a gorgeous barn with 2 story ceilings and rustic furniture. The open bar also helped everyone to have a great time.
I went to school at UNC Asheville and Western North Carolina feels like a 2nd home to me. I was so excited and thoroughly enjoyed my weekend. Here are the steps to how I enjoyed an entire weekend in Asheville, NC.
Stayed at an Airbnb instead of a hotel
This was actually the first time i’ve used Airbnb. I’ve had the opportunity to do so but this was the first time I was actually able to go through with it. Overall I had a great experience. We stayed in the basement of a cute cabin home in Canton, NC.This area is about 25 minutes west of downtown Asheville, situated in the mountains.
Driving back at night there was little to no light pollution making the view of the stars so stunning. They always seems so much brighter from Appalachia.
Went downtown Asheville and experienced the nightlife.
After the wedding and reception we all headed downtown to the Funkatorium to grab drinks and some bar food. The Funkatorium only had sour beers as a choice and 4 options for non-sour beers. Beers are not necessarily my number one choice so I opted to drink some house white wine. After we finished our drink and food we headed to the thirsty monk for a night cap and then headed back to the airbnb for the night.
Grabbed breakfast in a southern cafe
We woke up bright and early and grabbed breakfast at a restaurant called Clyde’s Restaurant.The specialized in southern breakfast and lunch. Service was very homely and inviting. The food was good and a perfect start to the day as we headed into the mountains for a quick hike.
Went hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the leaves starting to change
We attempted to go hiking on Black Balsam knob. But unfortunately we parked in the wrong location and began walking a trail called Investor Gap Trail. This connects to Black Balsam Knob but is slightly longer and one level more difficult. We were only able to make it halfway before it started raining. We opted out finishing the hike vowing to go back later this year. I’ve hiked this area before during the spring and it was absolutely gorgeous. Definitely recommended! I would also wear hiking boots that support your ankle and were somewhat waterproof. There was a lot of standing water that we had to walk through as well as lot of rocks that would certainly rolled my ankle if I had worn regular tennis shoes.
Investor Gap Trail
The leaves weren’t completely changing at the moment. The higher elevations the leaves are partially changing right now. Grandfather mountain is a option sometime this month. Since it’s such a high elevation, it’s one of the first places for the leave to change colors. If you want to see the peak color season prediction map you can find it here.
Went to dinner in downtown Asheville
We ventured downtown and had dinner downtown at Mayfield’s. The food was unique and lovely. Since we sat outside on the street there was plenty of people watching.
Walked the streets of Asheville
Watched the sunset in Asheville
We walked around to take in the atmosphere of Asheville and per usual, to end the weekend, I had to watch the sunset somewhere in Asheville.
Last day in Asheville
Our weekend trip came to a close and as we exited we were greeted by the typical foggy and serene morning.
But the drive home opened up to sunny and gorgeous day.
I can’t wait to go back!
This week in aerial silks class was much more successful than last week!
We learned a new sequence from hip key. This was similar to secretary but we did a little bit of a variation.