The Great Smoky Mountains are known for a lot of things – beautiful scenery, a free national park to visit, southern hospitality, non-stop family entertainment, and, of course, good food! We know there’s many more things, but these hit the nail right on the head. As we continue to grow, we’re always adding new and exciting things and that includes delicious restaurants. If you haven’t visited us in a while, we’ve been lucky enough to acquire a bunch of new spots to dine at that you all will love. We also have quite a few that are coming soon that we can’t wait for. Food is something that brings people together and there’s nothing better than getting to sit around the table and catch up with our loved ones over some tasty cuisine. Let’s take a look at some of our New Places to Eat in the Smokies!


Old Red in Gatlinburg

Old Red in Gatlinburg

You may already be familiar with the Copper Cellar family as they own over nineteen hometown restaurants in the area (Calhoun’s, Cherokee Grill, Smoky Mountain Brewery, etc.) Well, they’re opening their twentieth this summer in Gatlinburg. It’s time to welcome Chesapeake’s into town! It will be located near the new Margaritaville Resort and they feature incredible seafood plates with everything from a maine lobster to oysters as well delectable steaks and more. There’s already one located in West Knoxville and downtown and they’ve gotten stellar reviews, so we can’t wait for the new expansion. If it’s anything like the others, they will offer brunch, lunch, and dinner. We are so excited for this one! Tennessee Jed’s is another new place if you’re looking for a quick bite. Here you will find breakfast and craft sandwiches as well as hot dogs and tasty side dishes. It’s fast service with yummy meals to take on the go! While there aren’t many details released just yet, Anakeesta is expanding and adding another restaurant that will offer more seating than the Cliff Top Bar & Grill and of course more incredible menu options! Don’t forget to also visit Ole Red for some exciting musical entertainment and a delicious menu. Nothing beats getting to hang out at Blake Shelton’s new restaurant for an evening with the family. You can even do a little dancing on their open dance floor!

Pigeon Forge

Wild Bear Tavern is a new restaurant that really has people talking and it’s in a good way! Located right on the main parkway, they are serving up delicious comfort meals and German favorites all day long. We’re talking everything from homemade pancakes to chicken schnitzel and much more! It’s heavily german inspired and if you’re a fan of this cuisine, you will love it here. This next one will be opening either late summer or early fall and you may have heard of it before. Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant will soon be opening its doors and we’ll get to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner there. They have such a wide variety of dishes including amazing omelets, slow cooked over cherry wood barbecue ribs and hot wings, and top notch burgers! The menu looks incredible so we’re (not so) patiently waiting for their grand opening. Another restaurant that is on its way to opening their doors is the Sunliner Diner. This 50’s style diner will make you feel like you’re taking a walk back in time to the sock hop days when you see the classic car designed booths, amazing attire and decor, old school music, and more. To really make you feel like you’re part of this time period, they also give all guests a newspaper from the 50’s each day. They will be serving up classic breakfast, lunch, and dinner options and we can’t forget about their handcrafted milkshakes! While it hasn’t completely been confirmed, a little rumor bird told us that Pigeon Forge will soon be home to a Cheesecake Factory and PF Chang’s, hopefully we’ll hear more about this shortly!


MonsterMash Burgers-New Place to Eat in the Smokies

Vampire Burger at Monster Mash Burgers in Sevierville

This area is really stepping up the restaurant game and have already opened quite a few new places. First up on the list is Monster Mash Burgers and let us tell you, they live up to their name. Get ready to step in for a not so scary but still spooktacular family dinner. It doesn’t have to be Halloween for this one! Here you will find incredible burger and hotdog creations that all follow the theme. They have everything from the Boogeyman Breakfast Burger to the Jersey Devil Dog and more. They’re also serving up tasty shakes and bags of blood (flavored lemonade!) This is a real treat for families and something completely out of the box and worth trying, you won’t regret it. Next up is Nagano Japanese Grill and they’re cooking up some spectacular food. They have gotten stellar reviews so far and the food speaks for itself. They have hibachi grilled entrees with tasty sauces like shrimp, teriyaki, and ginger. Make sure to give them a try the next time you’re in town. We’re so excited to announce that we’re finally getting a Aubrey’s! If you aren’t familiar with this restaurant, be prepared for some absolutely amazing meals. They have everything from small plates to mouth-watering burgers and sandwiches. I hear the rattlesnake pasta is all the rave They have an extensive menu which has us all anxiously awaiting their opening! 

So who’s looking forward to trying out all these New Places to Eat in the Smokies?! We’re glad a few of them are already open to take care of the needs of our taste buds. We’re all waiting for the new ones to open so we can enjoy a family dinner at a brand new place, it’s our very own chance to be food critics afterall! Food is always the center point of get togethers. Birthdays, holidays, special occasions, and plenty more all have meals as part of the celebration. It’s a great way to get together with those we love the most. We know it’ll definitely be a part of your next vacation when you come to see us! Now all you need is a clean and comfortable place to stay. Bear Crossing offers two and three bedroom luxury river view condos at an affordable price. We’re located right in the heart of beautiful Pigeon Forge at traffic light #5, giving you easy access to try all these New Places to Eat in the SmokiesBook Your Vacation Rental Online or give us a call at 1.866.453.9696 and we’d be happy to assist you with finding the perfect unit for your getaway. If you’re interested in learning about some places that are New to the Smokies then make sure to click the link and read our prior blog, giving you all the details of what’s to come! See you all soon!