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Let Someone Else Do The Cooking This Christmas – Part 2

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on December 19, 2023

In our previous post, we suggested that perhaps you and yours take a break from cooking this year when it comes to your holiday meal. But rather than let your family go hungry, we followed up with a list of several Smoky Mountain-area restaurants that plan to be serving from their menus on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day or both. This list included lots of great suggestions of mostly locally owned eateries in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge.

But believe it or not, that wasn't the entire list. So we're forging ahead this week with even more great restaurants where you can sit down and enjoy some tasty grub to celebrate Christmas. This week, we've included more Pigeon Forge destinations as well as several in Gatlinburg. By the time you review this list, you'll no doubt have plenty of places to choose from for this year's holiday meal. Bon appetit!

Hard Rock Café – This shrine to rock and roll is located in Pigeon Forge, but they have a lot more to offer than classic rock-and-roll memorabilia and live music. They also have an extensive menu for lunch and dinner. The lineup includes lots of appetizers and salads, but Hard Rock is best known for its steak burgers. The Legendary Burger, for example features a thick beef patty with Applewood bacon, Tillamook cheese and a crispy onion ring. Also look for a wide selection of sandwiches, specialty entrées and desserts. Christmas Eve and Day: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen – You'll find this family-style eatery in the heart of The Island in Pigeon Forge. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, starting with dishes like Nashville hot chicken and waffles, Sweet Piggies in a Blanket and creamy hashbrown casserole. Later in the day, you might be more in the mood for their Best Ever Southern Fried Chicken or chicken and dumplings. You can eat your fill for one price, but keep in mind that you can't take leftovers home. Christmas Eve 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day 2 to 8 p.m.

Puckett's Gro. & RestaurantPuckett's is a regional chain of mercantile stores and restaurants that started in Middle Tennessee and found its way to the Smokies. Located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, this Puckett's serves Tennessee favorites like Southern fried chicken, smoked meatloaf and fried catfish. You might also stick around for the live music. Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Moving south to Gatlinburg, we find several other great suggestions for holiday dining. One of our favorites is The Greenbrier restaurant, which is located just off U.S. Hwy. 321 on the east side of town. Nestled in the woods adjacent to the national park, Greenbrier has great views and even better food. Appetizers like baked goat cheese set the stage for entrees such as stuffed trout, duck and braised lamb shank. It's all good… Christmas Eve: 4:30 to 10 p.m.

If you're in the mood for seafood, try the ocean bounty prepared at Chesapeake's, which is part of the Knoxville-based Copper Cellar family of restaurants. Chesapeake's has a little bit of everything for seafood fans, from a raw oyster bar and fresh lobster to shrimp and grits and a broiled seafood platter featuring cod, scallops, shrimp and a Maryland crab cake. Their key lime pie is not to be missed if you decide to stick around for dessert. Christmas Eve: 2 to 9:30 p.m. Christmas Day: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Crockett's Breakfast Camp – This downtown Gatlinburg eatery has become quite popular since it made its debut. Whatever you're in the mood for to start your day, they probably have it: omelets, pancakes, Eggs Benedict, waffles, French toast and more. They also serve Hungry Hunters Huntcamp Skillets, one of which features chopped steak and eggs. Christmas Eve and Day: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At Smoky Mountain Ziplines, we won't be open Christmas Day, but we will be running our canopy tours on select dates through the end of the year. If you decide you want to try our ziplines, Gatlinburg should be your destination. Give us a call to schedule your visit. But if we don't see you in the next few weeks, let us wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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