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Posted on 2/1/2019

6 Places Where Locals Eat in the Smoky Mountains


If you're looking for some great food while in the Smoky Mountains, look no further than these six spots that are beloved by locals. From pizza and tacos to barbecue and burgers, there's something for everyone here. So pull up a seat and enjoy!

1. FRANK ALLEN'S MARKET

Location: 930 Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862

Frank Allen’s Market and Grill is a local staple of Sevier County and the Great Smoky Mountains. Opened in 1953, the local grill has been offering classic food choices to thousands of visitors for decades. Dolly Parton has personally tried the slaw dogs here, and she’s a huge fan. Frank Allen’s takes pride in never using frozen meat, and always choosing the freshest ingredients to bring the best quality food to their customers. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Head to Forks of the River Parkway in Sevierville to taste what has been voted Sevier County’s best burgers for over 7 years!

2. LIL BLACK BEAR CAFE

Location: 3068 Veterans Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN

Don’t blink or you’ll miss it, but believe us, it’s worth the stop-in! Lil Black Bear Café is a small breakfast and lunch destination in Pigeon Forge serving up delicious food just like your Grandmother would make. While dining here you can enjoy sandwiches, subs, and burgers. This wonderful establishment also offers friend bologna and all-beef hot dogs. Prices are reasonable, but they close at 2 PM, so be certain to get there before then.

3. NINO'S PIZZERIA AND EATERY

Location: 105 Long Springs Rd Sevierville, TN 37876

Nino’s Pizzeria was started in 2014 with a mission to serve authentic Italian food in the Smoky Mountains. The name comes from the Italian word “Nino,” meaning little boy, and was derived from owner Jerry Maltese’s grandparents’ calling of Jerry’s father “Nino” as a child. Located in Sevierville on Long Springs Rd., you can find authentically prepared pizza, lasagna, and even cheesecake to satisfy your hunger. See why this is an absolute local favorite in the Great Smoky Mountains on your visit.

4. SMOKIES CUBAN CAFE

Location: 3526 Parkway #4 Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Located directly on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge near stoplight #7/#8, Smokies Cuban Cafe has been serving authentic Cuban cuisine for over 6 years in the Smoky Mountains. This newly remodeled establishment serves up authentic Cuban sandwiches, steak sandwiches, and delicious Cuban-style coffee. The owners come straight from Miami and know exactly how to make your experience here as authentic and delicious as possible. Be sure to stop by today and experience one of the most unique and best dining experiences in the Smokies.

5. FRIENDLY FALLS

Location: 2135 Wears Valley Rd Sevierville, TN 37862

Perhaps one of the most unique things to see in the Smokies, Friendly Falls offers great snacks and activities that will leave you far from disappointed! Whether you’ve had a long day hiking and want to relax, or if you’re looking for a unique place to unwind, Friendly Falls has everything you need to experience relaxation and comfort in the Smoky Mountains. Grab something delicious to eat, such as local smoked trout, or delicious nachos. Vegetarian options are also available, as well as ice-cold drinks. In addition to the wonderful food, Friendly Falls has its very own gem mining experience, a souvenir shop featuring unique gems, stones, and other items, plus its own waterfall! You can find Friendly Falls on Wears Valley Rd. in Pigeon Forge. Be sure to stop by today to see what makes this place so unique!

6. PREACHER'S SMOKEHOUSE

Location: 2929 Pittman Center Rd Sevierville, TN 37876

Preacher’s Smokehouse is a newer addition to the many places to eat around here, opening in April 2017. Owner/Operator Sam Steele started out by serving others through ministry for over 5 years. When the November 2016 wildfires occurred, Sam and his ministry were one of the first to act in response, cooking meals for the volunteers of the local Rescue Squad. After that, it was only natural to continue serving many others in the area by way of opening a quality establishment where families could get together at and enjoy great food. You’ll find quality meats and delicious sides here (the ribs have already stolen the hearts of many locals). Visit them on Pittman Center Rd. near the intersection of Birds Creek Rd. to experience it yourself!

These 6 great eateries in the Smoky Mountains may not be that well-known, but they definitely deliver amazing food and excellent service. When staying in a Colonial Properties Cabin and Resort Rentals log cabin in the Smoky Mountains, stop by one of the unique places to eat and let them know that you heard about them here. Stop by these places where locals eat in the Smoky Mountains on your next vacation getaway.

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