Review: Smoky’s Pub & Grub in Gatlinburg

Smoky’s Pub & Grub in Gatlinburg is hidden a bit more than most restaurants on the Parkway. In fact, it’s one of the last things you pass before you go into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Parkway. Sitting at 1151 Parkway in Gatlinburg, this pub is a bit less conspicuous than some […]

Review: J.T. Hannah’s in Pigeon Forge

The smell was what killed us. We were planning a horseback riding trip, but had some time to kill. We were hungry. We were driving the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and noticed a new restaurant we hadn’t seen before — J.T. Hannah’s. And the smell … ummm … like hamburgers and ribs. Yep, we stopped. […]

Chain Restaurants in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

I know, most people go on vacation to try the local flavor. They want to know all about the locally-owned restaurants. They want something different and original and unique. But some people are more comfortable with what they know. I’ve written time and time again about the locally-owned spots. But I’ve never written about the […]

Where to Celebrate a Birthday in the Smokies

I’ve got a great story. My brother-in-law, Daniel, is the kind of guy that doesn’t call attention to himself. He doesn’t EVER take the last cookie on the plate. He has strong preferences about toppings on pizza, but you have to be listening really close to hear them. He’s generally laid back. So when we […]

No Way Jose’s Cantina Gets New Menu

No Way José’s Cantina, with locations in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, just unveiled a new web site. Along with this unveiling, the restaurant is offering a few new menu items. They include Pepe’s Green Enchilada with Chicken. And the one that I’m absolutely going to have to try: the chocolate burrito! I feel a blog […]

Plans for the Smokies for Specific Kid Ages


It’s pretty overwhelming when you visit Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge for the first time. There are so many things to do, so many restaurants to try, so many trails to hike. Which ones are best for your family?

3 Best Appetizers in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge


I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think getting an appetizer is the best part of eating out! The research involved in this one was lots of fun! We sampled all kinds of goodies and came up with these as our top three favorite appetizers in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge: Loaded Homemade Potato Chips […]

The Very Best Pizza in Gatlinburg (and For a Much Bigger Area, Too!)


So, this is a part of a series about 5 of my favorite, lesser known, Gatlinburg-area things. Now, I’ve saved the best for last. Seriously, you DO NOT WANT TO MISS this spot!!! I mean, yum! So, wait until you’re really hungry. Maybe you’ve spent the whole day hiking and have worked up an enormous […]

Ogle Dogs — a Cheap (and Wonderful) Lunch in Gatlinburg


So, this is a part of a series about 5 of my favorite, lesser known, Gatlinburg-area things. So here’s number 2 — and you really, really need to try them! Ogle Dogs! A Gatlinburg favorite! My husband’s parents are the ones who started our obsession with Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. They came on their […]

Where to Buy the Best EVER Hawaiian Shave Ice in Gatlinburg


This is a part of a series about some of my favorite off-the-beaten-trail Gatlinburg stops. Most of them are places you’ll miss if you don’t know about them. Don’t make that mistake!