We're staying in Bryson city and visiting gatlinburg areas...
What are some cheap eats around both cities?...
Most dine in are a bit higher than some areas. I like Big Daddy's Pizzeria on River Road in Gatlinburg. If you go to "restaurants" or "eats" section of trip advisor, you will get reviews and menus to see prices. There are also delis at the grocery stores. Most of the places that I eat at are not cheap, unfortunately.
There are the usual fast food places in the area.
Old Dad's near traffic light #10 in Gatlinburg has reasonably priced sandwiches.
Trip advisor list Parton's Deli and Trish's Mountain Diner tooEdited: 29 May 2021, 23:49
Most of the restaurants I have visited over the years provide really large portions that are easily shareable (if allowed) thus cutting the cost considerably.
Venture out on 321 and hit Trish's Mountain Diner. It is a local place. Very good fun and fair prices. Just ate there earlier this month. Hard to find a good local place with fair prices in the area.
The cheaper eats are similar to other places in the country. National fast food is likely the cheapest, followed by national wait service restaurants, then followed by the local/regional places which might not have the bulk buying power to get cheaper food. Last year when we went I decided to finally try some of the newer places for breakfast as we usually just do something light and/or take advantage of the hotel breakfast items. I visited both Pancake Pantry and Crockett's Breakfast Camp. Both were higher end for breakfast, but we got a lot of food just to try. Crockett's is better than Pancake Pantry for what I like. Pancake Pantry seemed slightly overpriced for the amount of food. Some of the cheaper eats will be Shoney's and Cici's pizza. For breakfast, I've heard Log Cabin Pancake House is cheaper than the more popular places. They do have some good food. Cheapest meals will always be a sack or cooler meal at a picnic spot, deck of one's cabin, inside hotel room, etc..
Tom and Earl's Back Alley Grill is Gatlinburg is reasonable for the area, and has really good food. They serve mostly hot and cold sandwiches, salads, etc but you get a lot for the money. Their Pig Lovers Pannini is awesome! They are located on River Rd, but you can cut thru from the Parkway by Kilwins. Usually not super crowded either.
We prefer to avoid all the corporate owned restaurants and prefer the mom and pops. Preferably the hole in the walls seem to be some of the best options! People frequently say “shop local”. Well we try to eat local!
The crowds here in G’burg are horrendous so even more reason we will try to avoid many of the restaurants.
Arrived yesterday and grabbed dinner from the Food Lion grocery store deli. Took back to our cabin and enjoyed the amazing and quiet ambiance of our outdoor patio!
Today for lunch we tried Estrella’s HonduMex. Great option!!! Quiet! Free parking! No wait! Pool table. We split fajitas for one, bottomless chips and salsa, one Diet Coke and tip $20! We are so full that dinner will be a small meal/snacks back at our cabin once again enjoying the amazing atmosphere and quiet!
Looking forward to trying a few of these other options listed above!