Planning a vacation to a secluded Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin?  There’s no better way to experience that true alone feeling in the woods than to stay at the cabin as much as possible!  If you’re looking for a way to minimize your contact with the outside world on your next trip to the mountains, check out our favorite restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offering carryout.  Don’t sacrifice missing out on the best local food just because you’re dining in!

a carryout bag

Delivery Options

With DoorDash and GrubHub operating in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville area, dining at your favorite Smokies restaurants is easier than you think in some of our mountain cabins.  With restaurants being added daily, delivery can be an option! These websites do need a log in, and that’s easy to create, especially when you book one of our Smoky Mountain cabins with high-speed internet access.  Unfortunately, some remote cabins may not be able to participate in DoorDash or GrubHub, but it never hurts to check before your stay!

Another great option, if you’re choosing to stay in for your trip, is to utilize Instacart.  With many of our guests using Instacart at home already, continue that convenience on your Smokies vacation!  Instacart, with account setup and monthly payment, allows you to shop at local grocery stores and pharmacies and get your groceries delivered to you (in many locations).  Choose your delivery time or even shop on your way in to town and have them delivered to your porch for when you arrive.  

Instacart also offers a grocery pickup option at select grocery stores.  For other pickup options, Walmart Grocery offers grocery pickup, as well as area Kroger stores.  Check out our blog all about local area grocery stores to find out more information on locations!

The Best Takeout in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg has so many amazing local restaurants.  With every type of food you could crave on a trip, from BBQ to pizza, to sandwiches and more, you can find something for everyone in the family.  Here are a few of our favorite takeout spots in Gatlinburg.  

Old Dad’s General Store Deli

If you’re looking for a tasty lunch or late lunch, Old Dad’s has you covered.  The grill and deli located near the National Park entrance in downtown Gatlinburg has plenty of tasty options.  Served hot or cold, on your choice of bread, with tons of delicious cheese options and tasty sides. Try the local favorite fried green tomato BLT or the Country Cuban sandwich.  Even better? Old Dad’s serves all their deli meats and cheeses by the pound as well! Find your favorite sandwich combination and order some extra staples for lunches during your stay.  

Open from 7a to 5p daily, Old Dad’s also offers grab-n-go, ready-made breakfast sandwiches as well.  From a classic plain southern biscuit to a classic tenderloin biscuit, there’s something easy to grab with your morning cup of Joe. 

Check out their online menu here.  Bonus tip: ask for your sandwich to be prepared “picnic style.”  All the toppings and condiments will be served separately. No soggy sandwich!

Mama’s Chicken Kitchen

Touted as “chicken good enough to cross the road for”, Mama’s Chicken Kitchen offers online ordering for fast and easy pickup.  Located just down the road from the downtown Parkway, on highway 321, the short drive will be easy.  

From 2-3 piece chicken meals served with side dishes to ordering buckets of chicken with biscuits and ala’ carte sides, a classic southern meal is easy to access!  Have picky eaters? No problem! Mama’s Chicken Kitchen also has a kid’s menu with classic foods like hot dogs and grilled cheese for kiddos who don’t want chicken and picnic side dishes.  

Just because you’re ordering takeout doesn’t mean you can’t have dessert!  Their famous banana pudding comes in single servings or in a pint the whole family can share.  

Bennett’s Pit BBQ

BBQ at a local restaurant.

A trip to the Smokies just isn’t complete without some classic barbecue!  The local favorite pick for BBQ is without a doubt Bennett’s Pit BBQ. All of their meals are packed in disposable containers and comes complete with their 1985 Original BBQ Sauce.  Check out their carryout menu on their website.  

Bennett’s not only offers their carryout menu, they also offer their meats by the pound and their sides in three convenient sizes: a pint, quart, or gallon.  Order exactly the foods your family likes to eat and allow everyone to built a classic meat-and-three to their liking!

Some of their amazing offerings include whole smoked hickory chickens, St. Louis Style pork ribs, and spicy sausage.  Get the Mac n’ cheese as one of your side dishes – you won’t regret it!

Best Italian 

pasta and red wine

If you’re craving some delicious Italian meals while you’re visiting Gatlinburg, you only want the BEST!  Best Italian has two locations downtown and has been living up to their name for many ears. From their classic golden garlic knots to creamy pastas to classic homemade cheesecakes, you’ll be glad you ordered a tasty meal from Best Italian.  

Their famous signature garlic knots are one of the best kept secrets in town.  Go ahead and order a full dozen. The fresh baked knots are served swimming in olive oil and topped with fresh chopped garlic, parmesan & romano, and a fresh blend of herbs.  They are great on their own, but even better dipped in a homemade pasta sauce.  

The chicken marsala is a classic dish served in a deletable sauce filled with mushrooms, tarragon, and imported marsala wine.  Served with a side of spaghetti & three garlic rolls for dipping.  

Craving a simple pizza or calzone instead?  Best Italian has you covered! Their ENORMOUS calzones are definitely big enough for two people to share and can be customized any way you like.  

Best Italian has two locations, one directly on the main Parkway and their original Elks Plaza location.  So make sure to choose the right menu and pickup location for your meal!

More Takeout in Gatlinburg!

As of 3/24/20, Gatlinburg’s Chamber of Commerce has confirmed the following places are still doing takeout:

Alamo Steakhouse – Offering to-go orders from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Alvin’s Kitchen – Offering daily specials for takeout and delivery.

Bennett’s BBQ – Offering to-go orders from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Best Italian Cafe and Pizzeria – Offering take-out and curbside service.

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria – Offering to-go orders from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – Offering 10% off take-out or delivery! Check your local delivery apps for service options.

Calhoun’s Restaurant – Offering curbside pick-up and delivery from a limited menu. Call the Gatlinburg location to place your order.

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp – Offering to-go from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Delauder’s BBQ – Offering take-out options. Call their location for more details.

Donut Friar – Offering to-go orders at the window.

The Fox & Parrot – Offering take-out and curbside service.

Gatlinburg Brewing Company – Offering to-go orders from Noon – 10 p.m.

Geno’s Pizza – Offering delivery 5 p.m. to midnight.

J.O.E. & Pop’s Sub Shoppe – Offering to-go orders from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts – Offering to-go orders from 11a.m. – 8 p.m.

Mama’s Chicken Kitchen – Offering to-go orders from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

No Way Jose’s – Offering to-go orders from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Order at 865-430-5673.

Pancake Pantry – Offering to-go orders from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Papa John’s Pizza – Offering delivery 10 a.m. to midnight.

The Rampant Lion – Offering take-out and curbside service.

Smoky Mountain Brewery – Offering curbside pick and delivery from a limited menu. Call the Gatlinburg location to place an order.

Starbucks – Offering full menu for grab-n-go 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tennessee Jed’s – Offering curbside and takeout from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TGI Fridays – Offering takeout and delivery options available. Call the Gatlinburg location to place your order today.

Whole Earth Grocery – Offering curbside service from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Best Takeout in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is packed with so many incredible restaurants it can be difficult to choose where to grab supper.  Don’t worry though – we have a list of our favorite call ahead and order online locations for easy pickup. Check out our favorite takeout restaurants in Pigeon Forge.  

Smokies Cuban Cafe

ropa vieja from Smokies Cuban Cafe

Try something different on this trip to Pigeon Forge.  Smokies Cuban Cafe is a locally owned and operated restaurant offering what many call the best Cuban food you can find outside of Florida.  

Each entree is served with classic white rice and cuban black beans.  You get your choice of sweet plantains (maduros), classic fried green plantains (tostones), or boiled yuca.   My personal favorite is the ropa vieja – thinny shredded beef served with a tangy tomato sauce with peppers and onions.  Add some of their spicy pepper vinegar to your rice and you have a delightful meal.  

Of course, no meal is complete without dessert and their flan or empanada de guava con queso are both incredible.  

El Ranchero Loco 

nachos on a plate

El Ranchero Loco is a favorite of many American Patriot Getaway staff members and is a frequent lunch request at our Guest Services office!  With scratch-made recipes made with authentic ingredients and spices, you won’t be disappointed in your meal here!

Their house specials, arroz con pollo and tamales de ‘mama’ are frequently ordered here.  Tamales de ‘Mama’ are homemade tamales covered in cheese sauce. And yes – mom does make them!  

With all the classic lunch favorites you find at your favorite Mexican restaurant, you’ll be sure to find something everyone in the family likes when you order from El Ranchero Loco.  Bonus: their chips and salsa are amazing so make sure to order extra!

The Old Mill Restaurant

The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, TN

A Pigeon Forge favorite since 1993, The Old Mill Restaurant serves southern family meals to make you feel completely at home – even if you’re dining in your cabin’s fully equipped kitchen!  With three separate breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, The Old Mill Restaurant is perfect for dining any time of day.  

Their dinner menu offers up some meals you won’t find anywhere else in town.  The Southern Fried Beef Liver has tender cuts of beef liver, seasoned perfectly and fried with a pleasant crispy coating.  It’s also served with caramelized onions. Your meal will also include their classic corn chowder, a house salad, homemade mashed potatoes, green beans, and a fresh dessert from the bakery.  Now that’s a full meal!

When you’re picking up your order, stop in the general store and grab a few of their pantry items.  The Old Mill sells their own self-rising cornmeal, biscuit mix, muffin & pie mixes, and more!  Since your Smoky Mountain cabin has a fully equipped kitchen, recreate your favorite meal or have a bake-off and create those unforgettable family memories!

Booking your stay

American Patriot Getaways has you covered with plenty of secluded mountain cabins to choose from in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.  You can even choose a cabin with a home theater, incredible game room for hours of fun, or even a private swimming pool!  If your family is looking to spend some time together and create family memories that last a lifetime, we can help.  Give our friendly and helpful reservations team a call at 800-204-5169 now to book your stay!  

Plan to stay before April 30th, 2020 and you’ll have the option to reschedule your stay without penalty as long as you give us 72 hours advance notice before the first day of your arrival.

As always, we also offer third party travel insurance through Mountain Trip Preserver and RedSky Travel insurance.  Available for purchase from the time you book until 10 days prior to your arrival, we highly recommend all guests always purchase travel insurance to protect their hard-earned vacations.  More information can be found on our website and during your online booking process.  

We look forward to you and your family booking a secluded mountain vacation with us in the Smokies again soon!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest area news and happenings.

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