In the Great Smoky Mountains area, change is the only constant.
In fact, there’s never a shortage of new restaurants and attractions popping up in and around the area.
And as we approach 2023, this year will be no exception.
Here are some of the new restaurants and eateries coming soon, or now open, in Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas:
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1. Pinchy’s Lobster (Sevierville)
This new restaurant will offer fresh seafood and beer.
Expected to open “in a pinch,” Pinchy’s will offer New England-style seafood with lobster rolls, Maine oysters, clam chowder and bisque.
Pinchy’s is part of the growing food scene in downtown Sevierville where the venue is expected to also feature live entertainment in the beer garden.
Certainly, it will be the ideal location to have a great meal and experience the growing downtown Sevierville scene with great food and live music.
2. Trotter’s Whole Hog BBQ (Sevierville)
Another addition to the growing downtown Sevierville foodie scene, Trotter’s Whole Hog BBQ is now open.
The menu offers appetizers featuring pimento cheese, pork rinds and burnt ends as well as meat plates and a variety of smoked sandwiches with banana pudding for dessert.
The meat plates include a choice between rub chicken, spare ribs, short ribs and housemade smoked sausage.
With Pinchy’s and The Appalachian – one of the best restaurants in East Tennessee – offering fine dining downtown, the face of the Sevier County food scene is changing. Good times are happening in downtown Sevierville.
3. Azul Cantina (Pigeon Forge)
Located on Teaster Lane, Azul is another restaurant set to open soon.
Billed as a flavorful twist on traditional Tex-Mex dining, Azul promises wood-fire grilling methods and traditional Mexican cooking styles with roots from South America to Texas.
Throw in homemade Cerveza-style lager and a variety of hand-crafted cocktails made with top-shelf tequilas, Azul will be destination dining with the first rooftop bar in Pigeon Forge.
Featuring real-deal food, this is almost certain to be one of the best new restaurants in East Tennessee.
Azul Cantina has been teasing an opening for months now, but the restaurant posted a construction update on its social media page last month, showing considerable progress.
It is in the same area as Downtown Flavortown, another fairly new restaurant in the area from Guy Fieri that offers a tiki bar, arcade games and duckpin bowling.
4. Cumberland Jack’s (Gatlinburg)
This restaurant opened in the fall and received quite a buzz on social media.
Cumberland Jack’s, from the same folks who brought you Crockett’s Breakfast Camp, offers Southern staples like beef liver and onions, ham steak, corned beef and cabbage, pot roast, fried chicken, mountain trout, fried catfish, smoked chicken, pork chops, pulled pork, meatloaf and pork ribs.
Their signature trademark is the complimentary lil’ mug of soup. Between the good service, delicious soup and rolls, this restaurant is a real treat.
5. Pizza-Rio (Pigeon Forge)
Pizza-Rio is a wine and bar expected to open soon in the Pigeon Forge.
But it’s not just any pizza place. Pizza-Rio is offering Brazilian-style eats with hand-crafted sangrias and cocktails.
One of the main differences in Brazilian-style pizza is the crust, which is traditionally very thin and closer to the Italian style of pizza.
The restaurant will be located near the Hollywood Wax Museum along Showplace Blvd.
6. The Neighborhood Beer House (Sevierville)
The Neighborhood Beerhouse is family-friendly and dog-friendly and is now open in Sevierville.
Carrying brands like Sweetwater, Yeehaw, Sierra Nevada and more, there will be something for everybody at this new venue.
Notably, there are more than 50 beers on tap as well as tasty food options.
The venue will also offer live music on select dates as well as a large outdoor seating area. The Neighborhood Beer House is located at 1448 Winfield Dunn Parkway in Sevierville.
7. B51 (Sevierville)
This restaurant promises the best, fresh chicken from a mountain farm, marinated in their special Peruvian recipe and cooked to perfection.
B51 is a new chicken Peruvian restaurant in the Smokies. Menu selections offer treats like the Burguer Royal, a half-pound burger with lettuce, tomato, cheddar, plantains, sunny-side-up farm eggs, and Peruvian mayonnaise on ciabatta.
The Chaufa Rice with fried basmati rice, red bell peppers, onions, ginger root, eggs, cooked chicken and oyster sauce also looks delicious.
B51 is located at 1304 Parkway, Suite 101 in Sevierville.
Are you looking forward to the new eateries? Have you tried one on our list? Let us know in the comments.