Part of the fun of visiting new or favorite places is the food you get to try! Skip the chain restaurants, and try some of the local places to eat in Gatlinburg while you’re in town. There’s all kinds of cuisines to choose from. Here are the top 5 local places to eat in Gatlinburg you have to try:

1. Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que

barbeque pulled pork sandwichAre you craving southern barbeque? Go to Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que. Their meat is covered in house made barbeque sauce and seasoning then slow roasted over hickory wood for hours. Get the pulled pork sandwich or baby back ribs. The smoked chicken is also delicious, as well as the sausage. To go with your main dish, get the green beans, spicy mac and cheese, or the deep-fried corn. Are you wanting to go for a picnic in the mountains? Bennett’s has family meals you can get and take with you! This is a great local place to eat in Gatlinburg.

2. New Orleans Sandwich Company

Try some low country dishes at New Orleans Sandwich Company! The owner is from Louisiana, so you’re getting the true Cajun flavor. You can’t go wrong with classics, such as gumbo or jambalaya. Try the shrimp or market fish po-boy sandwich. For something a little different, get the crawfish etouffee. New Orleans Sandwich Company also serves a Bayou BLT, burgers, and muffulettas. Everyone will love this flavorful restaurant!

3. Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina

loco burro fresh mex cantina gatlinburgCraving Mexican food? Head over to Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina, a great local place to eat in Gatlinburg! They serve all your favorites, such as burritos covered in cheese, sizzling fajitas, and crunchy tacos. You’ll also find quesadillas, enchiladas, and chimichangas. Loco Burro serves a large variety of margarita flavors to go with your favorite dish, and everyone gets chips and salsa. Loco Burro is the only restaurant in downtown Gatlinburg with a rooftop patio and live music you get to enjoy while you eat.

4. Alamo Steakhouse

For a family friendly steakhouse, head over to Alamo Steakhouse. Start out with bacon wrapped shrimp dipped in honey barbeque sauce then grilled or the sombreros, crab-stuffed mushroom caps topped with cheese then baked. For your entree, get the grilled oak pork chops or the Santa Fe chicken covered in sauteed onions and mushrooms. If you’re wanting steak, you have plenty of options from sirloin to porterhouse to filet mignon.

5. Luigi’s Pizza

pepperoni pizzaWant something quick and delicious? Head over to Luigi’s Pizza where you’ll find pizzas with all the toppings you can think of! Get a classic pepperoni and cheese or try something different like the eggplant pizza. You can also get stromboli and calzones filled with all kinds of delicious toppings. Want your favorite pasta dish? They have spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and alfredo. Luigi’s also serves sandwiches and hot wings.

There are all kinds of local places to eat in Gatlinburg. You might have a hard time deciding where to go! Want more information about restaurants and things to do around town? Look at these local attractions to find out what you want to know.