Going out for lunch is one of the simple pleasures of being on vacation! Whether you’re in search of a quick bite or a relaxing meal, sandwich shops are a great dining option. We are pleased to report that the Smoky Mountains are home to a number of fantastic restaurants where you can enjoy mouthwatering subs and sides. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to six amazing sandwich shops in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Parton’s Deli has been a fixture of the Gatlinburg Parkway since 1974! This beloved sandwich shop has stood the test of time because it consistently delivers delicious food served with a smile. Parton’s Deli specializes in sub-style sandwiches that are heated in an old-fashioned steamer and dressed to order. Other highlights of the deli include their homemade chili dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, and lemon pound cake. You may want to visit an ATM before your lunch at Parton’s, as the restaurant only accepts cash.
2. New Orleans Sandwich Company
New Orleans Sandwich Company brings a taste of the Big Easy to Gatlinburg! Owned and operated by transplants from NOLA, this restaurant serves authentic po’ boys and muffalettas. For the uninitiated, a “po’ boy” is a traditional Louisiana sub served on French bread and a “muffaletta” is a sandwich featuring a round Sicilian sesame bread, marinated olive salad, ham, salami, mortadella, swiss cheese, and provolone. In addition to these signature sandwiches, New Orleans Sandwich Co. offers other Cajun favorites, such as jambalaya and red beans and rice.
Hofbrauhaus Restaurant is another one of the best sandwich shops in Gatlinburg. Tucked away among The Village Shops, this hidden gem is located above The Cheese Cupboard. Modeled after a quaint German pub, Hofbrauhaus celebrates its heritage with German beers, German potato salad, bratwurst, and sauerkraut. The most-buzzed-about menu item at Hofbrauhaus is the Super Reuben sandwich, which is served on a pumpernickel bread roll and features thinly sliced corned beef.
4. J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe
J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe is one of Gatlinburg’s newest eateries, but it has quickly established itself as a can’t-miss lunch spot. Named after the owner’s three children (J.O.E. is an acronym for James, Oscar, and Eloise) and her father (Bruce a.k.a. “Pop”), this great restaurant serves a variety of cold, toasted, and steamed subs. Popular sandwiches include the Philly cheesesteak, Italian sub, and the Buffalo chicken sub. Be sure to save room for dessert, because J.O.E. and Pop’s banana pudding is out of this world!
If you’re planning to have a picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can’t beat Old Dad’s! Located near the entrance to the park, this general store and deli offers freshly made sandwiches at affordable prices. Families that prefer to make their own sandwiches can also purchase deli meats and cheeses by the pound. The store’s friendly staff will even pack your picnic for you, taking care to separate the lettuce and tomatoes in Ziploc bags so they don’t get soggy.
6. Pigeon Forge Deli
Situated on East Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge Deli is a little out of the way, but it is absolutely worth a visit! This mom and pop operation bakes all of its bread in-house and uses the highest quality ingredients available. Standout sandwiches include the meatball sub, chicken salad sub, and the pot roast sub. We also highly recommend trying one of the deli’s hand-rolled soft pretzels!
When you stay with Hearthside Cabin Rentals, you will be just a short drive from all of these incredible sandwich shops in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Our cabins come with your choice of spectacular amenities, including decks with mountain views, soothing hot tubs, fully furnished kitchens, fun game rooms, awesome home theaters, and so much more. Featuring everything from 1 bedroom cabins for romantic escapes to 18 bedroom lodges for family reunions, we are guaranteed to have the perfect accommodations for your getaway. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of cabin rentals in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!