Delicious & Traditional Smoky Mountain Regional Specialities

Collard Greens

As an iconic vegetable dish all over the South, collard greens are a kitchen staple. It’s also the recipe with which many Southerners bring in the New Year, along with black-eyed peas, for good luck.

Beef Stew

Like many culinary creations, this hearty comfort food has as many versions as there are cooks. Because the base recipe simply incorporates cooked beef, stock, and canned tomatoes, it’s a great way to use up spare vegetables and whatever else you like.


A visit anywhere in the South requires at least one stop for some mouthwatering barbeque and visiting the Smokies is no different. From savory pulled pork to fall-of-the-bone ribs to scrumptious sides, visitors can find all their favorites at Smoky Mountain restaurants.

Breakfast Foods

While breakfast isn’t unique to the Smoky Mountains, there are definitely two dishes visitors need to try when they come to the Smokies: Biscuits and gravy and buttermilk pancakes. Crockett’s Breakfast Camp in Gatlinburg is famous for its griddle cakes, which can be ordered as a side or by the stack, and jazzed up with all kinds of toppings.

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits is a decadent Southern staple. It’s packed with flavor and can be found on several Smoky Mountain restaurant menus.

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