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Food Trucks — A Smoky Mountain Dining Alternative

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on March 5, 2024

Anyone who has ever visited the Great Smoky Mountains knows that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a place to eat. (We at Smoky Mountain Ziplines do not actually advocate the swinging of any cat, living or dead…) Restaurants in the Smokies number in the hundreds, offering visitors an almost mind-boggling array of choices. The options cover all types of cuisine, a broad area of locations and price points to fit any budget.

So let us complicate the matter even further by bringing up another food option - food trucks. Food trucks have certainly increased in popularity in the last five to 10 years, and Sevier County is no exception. You'll find vendors operating mobile food stands from one end to the other, from Sevierville to Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg. They're convenient and simple, and they're often set up in places and at events that might not otherwise offer food service.

Here are just a few to keep an eye out for the next time you're in the Smokies. And while you're in town, we also recommend that you check out our Pigeon Forge attraction, which will be opening within a matter of weeks.

Abuelo's Mexican Taco Truck

Mexican food is a common staple among food trucks, and Abuelo's is no exception. They serve a varied menu that includes not only tacos but also quesadillas, empanadas, soups and snacks. The tacos are only $3 each, offering an affordable option for food on the go. This truck is based off Rainbow Rd. in Sevierville, but it travels to different locations. Unfortunately, it's only open Saturdays.

Wacky Tacky Tacos

Yep, more tacos. This truck is located where Pittman Center Road becomes Birds Creek Road, near the intersection with Upper Middle Creek Road, outside Pigeon Forge. Tacos of various sorts are the star of the show again here, including a three-taco combo meal that comes with chips/salsa and a drink for $12. They also serve nachos, a queso roll and a burrito as well as vegetarian ingredients like black beans, sweet potatoes, queso and more. They're open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and have tables onsite if you want to eat your meal on location.

Guys With Eats

These guys have received positive Yelp reviews for their food and service. Their menu covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with items that include a sausage breakfast sandwich, avocado toast, fiesta chicken salad, Cob salad and a Brunch Burger. You'll find them at different locations throughout Sevier County, and their schedule seems to be very flexible throughout the week. They also offer catering services for private events like wedding receptions.

Sticky Nicks BBQ

We're not sure how Nick got his nickname (See what we did there?), but you might ask him yourself when you visit this food truck based on Wears Valley Road between Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. It's received very positive reviews. Among the items recommended by previous customers are the pulled pork, sausage and brisket as well as sides like smoky mac and cheese, potato salad and baked beans.

Wears Valley Social Food Truck Park

Speaking of eateries on Wears Valley Road, one popular stop for those who like food trucks is this food truck park, which is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning March 15. They feature a rotating array of food-truck vendors throughout the week. Trucks that have set up there in the past have included Taqueria Macho Taco, The Chicken Coop, The Rolling Meatball and Bunny's BBQ. The park is in the heart of Wears Valley and allows customers to dine outside ensconced by the beauty of Cove Mountain and the surrounding valley.


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