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J.O.E. and POP’s

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J.O.E. and Pop's Sub Shoppe: Classic Subs and Southern Sides in Gatlinburg
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

J.O.E. and Pop's Sub Shoppe brings hometown Gatlinburg appeal to the concept of the deli sub and the cheesesteak sandwich. There, you can enjoy your favorite sub alongside the region's most beloved sides.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Lunchtime has arrived in Gatlinburg and you’re on the hunt for a delicious sub sandwich. Look no further than J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe, where you’ll find a wonderful selection. Simple, but fresh, J.O.E. and Pop’s sandwiches are just the ticket to fuel you as you take on exciting Smoky Mountain adventures.

The names J.O.E. and Pop reference, in part, the sizes of the sandwiches served here. J.O.E. sandwiches reflect regular sizes at other sub shops, while Pop aims to provide an especially filling meal. Both can be served as platters that include classic southern sides such as mac & cheese, chicken & dumplings, creamed corn, or baked beans.

A variety of adaptations should satisfy visitors with dietary restrictions. While the menu isn’t particularly vegetarian-friendly, a meat-free veggie sub is available, as is a delicious tossed salad.

Those looking to limit carb intake can order any of the menu’s specialty subs as bowl meals. Known as J.O.E in a bowl, this variation involves fresh ingredients on a bed of shredded lettuce. Gluten-free wraps are also available in lieu of the typical white or wheat bread.

In addition to subs, this restaurant serves breaded bone-in and boneless wings, as well as all-beef hot dogs. Several delectable desserts are also available.

While some hungry kids may be able to handle the J.O.E. sandwich, most will prefer to order off of the children’s menu. This includes a few simple sandwiches, plus hot dogs, and chicken tenders. These are served with either French fries or applesauce, plus a tasty cookie that will make parents jealous.

Of course, adults can find treats of their own at this location, which serves a small but appealing selection of canned beer. If you’d like to explore beyond your usual Miller Lite, try the Yee-Haw Dunkel from the nearby Yee-Haw Brewing Co.

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Italian Sub
A classic deli favorite, J.O.E. and Pop’s take on the Italian sub features ham, Genoa salami, and capicola, piled high and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and banana peppers. The sub also includes provolone cheese and a homemade Italian vinaigrette.

Hoosier Daddy
You don’t need to travel to Indiana to enjoy the Hoosier Daddy. This J.O.E. and Pop original features a battered and fried pork cutlet that is sure to please. The usual assortment of deli toppings such as lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onions adorn the Hoosier Daddy. You’ll also have the option of slathering your sandwich in mayo, deli mustard, or both.

Philly Cheesesteak
The J.O.E. and Pop’s menu claims that, while Philly made the cheesesteak famous, this Gatlinburg restaurant makes it best. Judge for yourself when you order this classic sandwich, complete with thinly-sliced steak, grilled onions, and white American cheese. An alternate version full of chicken is also available.

Southern Delight Dog
Sandwiches are the clear focus at J.O.E. and Pop’s, but there’s something to be said for this take on the all-beef hot dog. Not only does it come heaped with chili and cheese, but this amazing hot dog is also wrapped in mouthwatering bacon.

Chef Salad
Crisp mixed greens form the basis of this salad, which also includes onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Hearty toppings such as turkey, ham, provolone, and hard-boiled egg make it an appealing option, even in a restaurant full of delicious subs, wings, and hot dogs.

Satisfy your sandwich cravings at J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe. You’ll love the slight southern spin that this eatery places on otherwise classic sub sandwiches.

Insider Tips: 
– Depending on the weather, you might prefer dining in the enclosed patio, where you can enjoy the mountain breeze.
– If you plan to eat at J.O.E. and Pop’s on a regular basis, consider signing up for the loyalty program with the Johnson Family of Restaurants. Available to Sevier County residents, this membership allows you to score discounts and free birthday meals at the sub shop and several other local favorites.