At times, I’m feel I’m no different than any other tourist that decides to visit Gatlinburg. Having been there more than 10 times, I feel I have enough experience visiting this destination to impart my wisdom on the best places to eat and things to do here. However, I don’t know everything there is to know about Gatlinburg, despite my semi-frequent trips to the Smoky Mountains.

First of all, I haven’t eaten at every restaurant–even though I eventually would like to; in fact, the only BBQ place we’ve eaten here is Bennett’s, and while many people love them, some–especially some of the locals–have said there are better places; Hungry Bear is one such place I really want to try. Steakhouses are another big hole in my restaurant repertoire I’d like to change. We love Cherokee Grill, but many have offered good enough reasons about places like The Peddler and Chrystelle Creek to make me want to stray a bit. I’ve decided to write posts about only those places that I’ve had enough variety on which give my honest opinion; those are breakfast and pizza places. With those establishments, I only have a select few more to try, so I feel I have a good grasp of that.

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, (you really should *insert winking emoji*) then you already know my wife and I are planning a couples trip in January–our first winter trip to the Burg. I’m super excited to hopefully see snow-capped mountains for the first time ever, and I really think it will be as breathtaking as my first time viewing the Smoky Mountains.

Of course, we will hit up our favorite spots to eat, but we are really looking forward to eating our first meal at the rebuilt Alamo Steakhouse in Gatlinburg. We didn’t get a chance to go before the fires, and I was stoked to hear they were going to rebuild it in the exact same location. I’ve seen many pictures of their food on social media, and with all the recommendations, it seems too good to pass up, so we’re going to give it a try.

We love Best Italian in the Elks Plaza, and while the reviews for the one on the Parkway aren’t as spectacular, we want to compare, and hopefully, it will live up to the standard upon which the Elks Plaza location has delivered. The one other pizza place in town we haven’t visited in town is Luigi’s; once again, mixed reviews have kept us from trying it. The other pizza restaurants in Gatlinburg are too good to ignore; it’s hard enough that we can’t eat at them all in one trip.

The one thing that really bummed me out about our upcoming January trip is the fact that the Ripley’s Odditorium will be closed for remodeling. Look, I’m not super excited about most of Ripley’s attractions, but for the deal we were getting and my wife’s recommendation of the place–since I didn’t go with her and my son last time–I was anticipating doing a nice indoor activity since it will probably be pretty cold. I’m sure we will find something else worthwhile; I mean, we will be in Gatlinburg, right?

Unfortunately, we won’t even try to plan on a hiking day with it being the wintertime, and the weather being so unpredictable; throw on top of that the fact that a few scenic routes will be closed anyway. Nevertheless, we are no doubt looking forward to our next trip in about five weeks or so. Stay tuned to my Twitter page once we make the trip, as I will be posting more magnificent pictures from our vacation. If anyone has any suggestions, I will read them; I have an open mind. If you have any questions, I will be sure to respond. Like I said in the beginning, I’m no expert, but my experience has taught me what you can expect when you visit Gatlinburg. Remember: it’s always best to do lots of research; questions that ask for opinions are fine, but these are just that: opinions, so you may feel differently about something. What I’ve written about candy and other foods in Gatlinburg you may disagree on; it’s mainly my thoughts on what I believe is the best. Thank you for reading, and I’ll be sure to post again prior to my visit but look for my January trip report on here shortly after our trip.