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The Peddler Steakhouse a Historic Dining Tradition in Gatlinburg

If there is one Gatlinburg restaurant that is truly is a cut above the rest, it is The Peddler Steakhouse. Sumptuous steaks are served in a rustic yet inviting atmosphere infused with Smoky Mountain history. It is a favorite of locals and visitors, and receives rave reviews from guests time and again. Read on to find out why.

Outstandingly unique in design, The Peddler Steakhouse used to be a rustic pioneer cabin built by one of the Smokies first families – The Ogles. Constructed from squared timbers, cement chinking and native stones, the core of the present restaurant is The Ogle Cabin. In fact, you can see the original façade of the home in the front dining room, as well an attractive Crab Orchard stone chimney imbedded with a millstone. Ogle collected millstones so several are incorporated throughout the restaurant’s décor. The history of steakhouse doesn’t end there, though. A pavilion, with streamside views, was once an enclosed playhouse for Ogle’s daughter. Plus, the redwood tree located in front of the cabin by an Ogle is an 80-foot-high Peddler trademark. Legend has it a family friend brought the redwood sapling back from a trip to Washington state in the late 1950s. The Ogles planted it and it has grown into a distinguishing trademark of the landscape.

The historic location of the restaurant is combined with a spectacular setting reminiscent of simpler times. For enchanting views of the Little Pigeon River, set in the back dining room or the bar. These are the most popular seats in the restaurant, though, so be sure to make reservations. If not, you may have to wait a while but it will be worth it. The beautiful mountain setting is an excellent vantage point for any meal in the Smokies.

Speaking of eating, the menu at The Peddler Steakhouse is highlighted by local flavor and fresh food. Steaks are their signature, and definitely my go-to order. It’s hard not to select steak as a waiter rolls a cart with artful cuts of meat to choose from, which are then grilled over real Tennessee hickory charcoal. Hand-selecting your meat adds a personal touch to your meal, as the cut and marble can be exactly what you want. Not in the mood for filet mignon or ribeye? Mountain trout, succulent chicken and stuffed shrimp are other excellent options. Be sure to start your evening with the all-you-can-eat salad bar, stocked with crisp produce and homemade dressings. The Peddle Steakhouse is famous for their salad selection, but don’t fill up on greens! The delicious entrees are waiting for you, as is a decadent dessert list. The desserts are huge, and each is just as good as the next. It’s hard to recommend just one, but you can’t go wrong with the hot blackberry cobbler. To view the full Peddler Steakhouse menu, click here.

The Peddler Steakhouse is located at 820 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN.

All photos courtesy of The Peddler Steakhouse.


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