Posted by Phil Rodgers in Places To Eat
If there's one absolute truth about Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg it's that there's always something new to experience: new attractions, new shops, new special events, new lodging properties. The same goes for restaurants, and in this post, we'll be introducing you to a host of Smoky Mountain eateries that you might not be familiar with. Some have been open for a little while, and some of have just opened their doors. But collectively, they expand the already broad range of dining options for folks visiting the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. So bring an appetite, pull up a chair and prepare to chow down on some of the Smokies' latest and greatest restaurants.
Okay, the Smokies may not be the first place you associate with seafood, but this recently opened restaurant in downtown Sevierville promises an authentic New-England-seafood experience. And the menu offers a little bit of everything for you seafood lovers who are eager to taste the flavors of the sea while visiting the Smokies. Their raw bar features a wide variety of oysters, while appetizers like Oysters Florentine and She-Crab Poutine demonstrate the kitchen's versatility. Naturally, they serve New England-style clam chowder, and their lobster rolls come in multiple configurations and flavors. Of course, you'll find lots of traditional seafood favorites at Pinchy's, including fish and chips, fried shrimp, New England clams, and lobster mac and cheese.
You'll find this restaurant, which opened last fall, on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. Operated by the same company that runs Crockett's Breakfast Camp (which is next door), Cumberland Jack's honors the memory of the German shepherd dog that belonged to Paul Adams, the man who built the first lodge atop Mt. LeConte and who became its first caretaker. The restaurant is designed to resemble a mountain lodge, and its mission is to be a place where visitors can fuel up before or after their own Smoky Mountain adventures. Dishes are prepared with strong Southern influences and include corned beef and cabbage, mountain trout, fried catfish, smoked chicken, smoked meatloaf and a vegetable plate that includes three side dishes of your choice.
Head to Pigeon Forge to check out this brand-new pizza joint that may be unlike any you've tried before. It's a Brazilian-style pizzeria, which translates to a continuous, five-course meal that includes house-made picanha and yucca soup, seasonal greens topped with lemon honey vinaigrette, house-made meatballs, a daily selection of hand-crafted pizzas and gourmet dessert pizzas. Examples of some of their savory pizzas include the Calabresa (made with calabrese sausage, onion, olives and oregano), the Strogonoff de Frango (chicken stroganoff, shoestring potatoes and mozzarella cheese) and PizzaRio's take on the classic pepperoni pizza. Dessert pizzas feature toppings like table cream, cinnamon, guava paste, dulce de leche and coconut.
(Although it's located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, this restaurant is just a hop and a skip from Wears Valley Rd., which is where you'll find us at the Goats on the Roof attraction.)
Let's keep things international with this brand-new Peruvian-chicken restaurant that recently hit the scene in Sevierville. Their rotisserie chickens are marinated for more than 48 hours before being cooked under the embers of charcoal for 90 minutes in an ecological oven that was brought in specifically from Peru. The chicken itself is local, though, hailing fresh from Springer Mountain Farms, and you can order it in quarters, halves or whole birds. Some of their other specialty entrees include Chaufa Rice (fried basmati rice with vegetables and chicken pieces), ceviche, Lomito Saltado (Peruvian stir-fry featuring wok-seared tenderloin) and fried mahi topped with chimichurri sauce.
Now, who's hungry?