Fine Dining in Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg has a lot of traditions. If you are looking for the traditional live show in the Smokies, it is Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. If you are looking for a great traditional attraction, it is Ripley’s Odditorium. And if you are looking for that special place to eat then you need to give the Park Grill a shot. A great menu, combined with tradition and a familiar mountainy look have made the Park Grill a tradition for thousands each year. They come to enjoy the food, be waited on by an amazing staff and soak in the feel of the mountains and of Gatlinburg itself.
The Park Grill is a sprawling log cabin. The beams on the inside, the ones that hold up the roof, are full timbers, like a traditional log cabin. Whole logs, bigger around than a man. The interior is sparsely but eloquently decorated. The booths and tables are designed to give you privacy in a public setting and the staff is there to make sure that you have a great time while you are eating at the Park Grill. From the moment you walk in the door you will know that you are in for something special.
The Park Grill is one of those iconic buildings in Gatlinburg. If you drive down the Parkway, as if you are headed to the National Park, you will see the Park Grill on the left hand side of the road near traffic light 10. There is parking in front of the restaurant and there is parking in the rear as well. Of course, seeing as you are near to a lot of the hotels and motels in town it is always nice to stretch your legs and walk to the restaurant before a wonderful meal.
The food though is what they are famous for. From their world class salad bar to the specials that are indicative of the mountains. Rainbow trout, Moonshine Chicken and other items dot the menu. Their steaks are amazing and their ribs are to die. The ribs come on a plate that they are almost too big to for. Hanging off the side, the ribs have been given a signature rub and they have been cooked for hours so that the smoky goodness has been cooked in. But it is their desserts that stick with you. In particular the Jack Daniel’s Crème Brule. This dessert of custard with the crunch sugar torched to a crunchy brown on top is a staple on their menu. They move fast so order yours when you sit down and get ready to taste Crème Brule perfection with just a hint of Jack.
The Park Grill needs to be on your list. It needs to be a stop you make in the Smokies at least once. And I bet, after you eat there once, that you will go back each time you come back to the mountains.