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Posted on 10/29/2022

The 7 Best Places to Take Kids Out to Eat in Gatlinburg

Fuel up the whole family for a busy day enjoying Gatlinburg attractions. These seven eateries cater to kids while keeping grown-ups happy too!

1. Crockett’s Breakfast Camp

Start your Gatlinburg adventures with a big breakfast. Think: Eggs, Southern biscuits, fluffy pancakes, thick French toast, or cinnamon rolls the size of your head! (OK, not really, but they’re huge!). The rustic wooden restaurant has a Smokies frontier theme that takes you back in time.

2. Fannie Farkle’s

You’ll smell grilling cheesesteaks long before you see Fannie’s! This local legend is a family game arcade with food freshly made in front of you. Try Fannie’s famous corn dog. After you nosh, the kids can play arcade games and win prizes!

3. No Way Jose’s Mexican Cantina

From quesadillas to tacos to luscious desserts, the kids’ menu gives youngsters an authentic taste of Mexico. Jose’s main menu offers a range of traditional dishes like enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, and tacos. The festive atmosphere keeps kids engaged and the location–across the street from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies–is great for a day out in Gatlinburg.

4. Mellow Mushroom

Kids can build their own pizzas, and Mellow Mushroom offers a small pizza option for kid-sized appetites. Colorful art is everywhere and servers go out of their way for families and special requests. If your youngsters aren’t pizza lovers–hey, it happens!--never fear. The Mushroom serves calzones, burgers, and sandwiches, too, plus gluten-free and vegan pizzas.

5. Bennett’s Pit BBQ

This down-home BBQ restaurant keeps the whole family happy and full! Kids and teens will love sampling appetizers like fried pickle chips and BBQ nachos. The menu has something for every taste, from hearty salads to sandwiches, burgers, and platters of BBQ pork, chicken, and ribs.

6. The Donut Friar

Arrive early so you don’t miss the morning’s freshest donuts, pastries, and cinnamon bread. Breakfasts and treats from The Donut Friar are a Gatlinburg tradition. Grab your goodies to go and eat in the pretty courtyard. You can get your coffee fix here too!

7. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

You’ll find old-school kids’ menu items here, from mac and cheese to chicken, but Bubba Gump also dishes up kids’ portions of popcorn shrimp and BBQ ribs. Kids will relish the bustling, memorabilia-filled restaurant even if the movie theme goes over their heads!

A cozy, Gatlinburg vacation cabin is the perfect place to build memories with your kids. Book your Smoky Mountains family cabin now!


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