Going out to eat is one of the best parts of visiting the Great Smoky Mountains! When you stay at Moose Hollow Lodge for your vacation, you will be near some of the most popular places to dine in the area. With an incredible location and room for up to 56 guests, our 9 bedroom lodge is the perfect place for a family reunion, wedding, church retreat, or any other large group getaway. To help you make the most of your escape, we have put together a guide to five of the best Smoky Mountain restaurants near Moose Hollow Lodge.
1. Friendly Falls
Friendly Falls offers great food and incredible scenery right on Wears Valley Road! This restaurant features its very own waterfall that you can admire as you chow down on pimento cheese sliders, smoked trout, hot dogs, or hand dipped ice cream. Friendly Falls is also home to “Gnorbert’s Magic Gem Mine”, a fun attraction that kids absolutely love. Friendly Falls is a 10 minute drive from Moose Hollow Lodge.
2. Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack
If you’ve got Barbeque on the brain, a visit to Boss Hogg’s is definitely in order. This great restaurant serves all of your BBQ favorites, including ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage, and half chickens. Everything is smoked onsite and all of the rubs and sauces are made in house. Be sure to come hungry, because the portions are very generous! Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack is an 8 minute drive from Moose Hollow Lodge.
3. Mel’s Classic Diner
Mel’s Classic Diner is one of the most beloved Smoky Mountain restaurants. Visitors to Mel’s will step back in time to the 1950s for some retro fun. With all day breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, and other American fare, everyone is guaranteed to find something they love at this restaurant. You’ll definitely want to save room for dessert, because Mel’s banana splits, milkshakes, and malts are simply incredible! Mel’s Classic Diner is a 12 minute drive from Moose Hollow Lodge.
4. Pawpaw’s catfish Kitchen
Pawpaw’s Catfish Kitchen brings a taste of New Orleans to the Smokies! This superb restaurant specializes in authentic Cajun food. Popular menu items include the jambalaya, fried catfish, red beans & rice, muffuletta’s, and a variety of po’boys. If you want to try something a little different, order their “gator bites” appetizer. Pawpaw’s Catfish Kitchen is a 13 minute drive from Moose Hollow Lodge.
5. Smoky Mountain Brewery
There is always something fun happening at the Smoky Mountain Brewery! This restaurant hosts live entertainment on most nights and has over 20 TVs where you can watch the big game. With locally brewed beers and delicious food (we recommend the pizza and chicken wings), this restaurant is the ideal place to kick back and relax for an evening. The Smoky Mountain Brewery is a 14 minute drive from Moose Hollow Lodge.
Guests at Moose Hollow Lodge will love staying near all of these wonderful Smoky Mountain restaurants. Our large cabin comes with all of the best amenities, including a 22 seat movie theater, a private heated indoor swimming pool, and a fun entertainment room with arcade games. To learn more about everything our cabin has to offer, take a virtual tour of Moose Hollow Lodge!