One of the huge perks of staying at Park Place on the River is that you are just minutes away from all of the great restaurants in downtown Gatlinburg! Whether you are a steak fan, seafood lover or enjoy Southern cooking, you will find a delicious meal to satisfy your craving! Here are the top 4 restaurants in downtown Gatlinburg that you should experience during your vacation to the Smoky Mountains:
1. Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse
One of the best restaurants in downtown Gatlinburg is the Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse, which features an upscale mountain lodge atmosphere that is perfect for a romantic dinner! The menu not only offers mouthwatering steaks that practically melt in your mouth, but fresh seafood entrees, fried chicken and more! There are plenty of salad, burger and sandwich options too, such as the Cherokee Grill Burger with onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheddar cheese! All entrees come with a choice of sides such as Baked Macaroni and Spinach with Spicy Cheese, Tennessee Blue Cheese Grits and French Fried Potatoes.
2. Blaine’s Grill & Bar
If you find yourself strolling through downtown Gatlinburg when hunger strikes, just step into Blaine’s Grill & Bar for some tasty comfort food! This restaurant offers the unique opportunity to dine outside on a balcony where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountain and plenty of people watching! Blaine’s Grill & Bar has an extensive menu, so regardless of what you are craving, there is a good chance that you will find it here! One of the popular specialties is the award-winning St. Louis Spare Ribs, which are smothered in Blaine’s own special BBQ sauce and slow-cooked for hours!
3. The Melting Pot
Another one of the top restaurants in downtown Gatlinburg is the Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant that is fun for couples, families and groups! While you can always order from the menu a la carte, most folks love the 4-course meal for the ultimate experience! Start your meal with a farm fresh salad and your choice of cheese fondue before moving on to the main entree. There are a wide variety of entree options available, including Premium Filet Mignon, Herb Crusted Chicken Breast and Cold Water Lobster Tail. Finish your meal with a delectable variety of sweet treats and fresh fruits that you can dip into chocolate fondue!
Enjoy Tennessee BBQ, fresh ground burgers, steak and more at Calhoun’s! The Gatlinburg location of this popular chain is styled as a mountain lodge and is a relaxing place to unwind after an action-packed day in the Smokies! Start your meal with appetizers such as Southern Fried Green Tomatoes, Pulled Pork Nachos or the Smoked Sausage and Cheese Plate. Calhoun’s also has the most delicious wings in town and are perfect for sharing! Some of the amazing BBQ dishes include the Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Ribs, Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Pork Plate and the Hickory Chicken. If you can’t decide on one, try the Calhoun’s Trio which offers a taste of all three!
Learn more about the area and get ready to enjoy a fantastic vacation near these excellent restaurants in downtown Gatlinburg! We look forward to seeing you soon at Park Place on the River!