Live Like a Local: 9 Local Businesses To Support on Your Trip to the Smokies

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Are you the kind of person who makes one simple rule when you go on vacation: that you’re not eating food you can get at home? It’s a great rule to have whenever you want to great the real experience of the place you’re visiting, not just the tourist one. That’s why we’ve put together this list of local businesses in the Smokies for you to check out on your trip!


There are many delicious and local restaurants to choose from in the area, but we’ve selected just a few for you to try out first. Your trip to Smokies needs to include some great, local food.

The Local Goat

The Local Goat is a favorite for the locals and visitors alike, featuring a scratch kitchen that specializes in locally sourced and sustainable foods. Browse through their extensive food and drink menu. You can choose a classic favorite or try something unique. The Local Goat even features a beautiful dining room that showcases artwork produced from local artists and craftsman.

Cookie Dough Monster

Despite their name, the Cookie Dough Monster has a lot more to offer than cookie dough (though they have that, too). Their burgers, gourmet grilled cheese, chicken, fries and more are all fresh and made to order, so you know you’ll get great flavor. For dessert, treat yourself to their homemade, completely edible cookie dough. This family-owned Pigeon Forge restaurant is a dream come true!

Feaster’s on Teaster’s

Feeling bored of the same flavors? This local restaurant will liven up your taste buds. Feaster’s on Teaster’s is a brand-new Native American themed dining experience. Enjoy a tasty Indian taco for lunch or an omaha steak for dinner. You’ll even have the opportunity to taste buffalo meat. When you want to eat local, but are craving something unique, Feaster’s on Teaster’s is the perfect place.  

Huck Finn’s Catfish

All you can eat catfish and chicken dinners… need I say more? But just in case that doesn’t happen to fit your fancy, their southern menu also features country fried steak, grilled chicken, frog legs, fried or grilled shrimp, steaks, pork loins, hushpuppies, homemade mashed potatoes and so much more. If you’re looking for a taste of the south, this local eatery has you covered.

J.O.E and Pop’s Sub Shoppe

When you need a quick bite to eat or are picking something up to take to a picnic for the family in the mountains, J.O.E and Pop’s Sub Shoppe is a charming local place to grab some delicious food. Enjoy freshly made subs, wings and cheese steak sandwiches with a side of perfectly cooked fries. Sometimes, a good, simple sandwich just hits the spot.


Of course, the area hosts several outlet stores for your convenience. However, there are other local stores that offer unique products to bring home from your trip to the Smokies. Here’s just a few that might peak your interest:

Misty Mountain Soap Co.

Misty Mountain Soap Co. offers a more natural approach to skin scare, selling handmade soaps and other bath and body products. They use the highest quality vegan oils, herbs, botanicals, goat milk and essential oils in their soaps. There’s a variety of scents, as well as specially made products for those with sensitive skin. Keep it natural and reap the benefits of living without synthetics. Your skin will thank you!

BAAKK Boutique

Looking to update your wardrobe? BAAKK Boutique offers the latest trends in women’s fashion at affordable prices. From southern charm outfits to modern fits, there’s something for every taste – and every size! BAAKK carries sizes small to 3x. Browse through the clothes, shoes and accessories to put together your dream outfit.

Pigeon River Pottery

Bring home a gift for your loved ones or buy that perfect coffee table décor that you’ve been looking for. At Pigeon River Pottery, you can find a display of beautiful, handcrafted pottery made from local clay. You can even watch the artisans at work on side every day as they craft plates, vases, cups and more.

Beyond 436

Not only does Beyond 436 feature a stylish collection of one-of-a-kind gifts, women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, gourmet kitchen necessities, exclusive pottery, candles and home decor… they let you sip on a glass of complimentary wine while you browse! This local shopping experience is like no other, and there’s no doubt that you’ll come home with something beautiful.

There is so much to eat, see, buy, and do in Pigeon Forge. You’ll be surprised by how much of it is locally owned and operated! Live like a local and support these businesses on your next trip to the Smokies. What would you like to see on a future local list?

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