If you’re on the hunt for a friendly establishment that makes you feel right at home with its meals and its ambiance, look no further than The Local Attraction Gastropub in Gatlinburg. This hidden gem requires a brief drive away from the city’s main tourist hub, but you’ll quickly find that the journey is more than worthwhile.
As you enter The Local Attraction Gastropub, you will quickly observe the restaurant’s simple, slightly rustic interior. The establishment might not be fancy, but it’s certainly comfortable. The decor is sparse, but the space is well-lit, with high ceilings and multiple TVs visible from the bar.
The restaurant’s menu is fairly straightforward, with burgers featured heavily. If you’re not in the mood for a burger, however, you’ll find a variety of other options, including pizza, salad, shrimp, and more. The menu mostly caters to meat lovers, but vegetarians can also find a few delicious dishes worth ordering.
Don’t forget to order a beverage with your meal. If you’re in a celebratory mood, you’ll definitely want to try one of the many specialty cocktails featured on the drink menu. The Mason Dixon is especially worth ordering — not only does its blend of moonshine and juice taste amazing, but a portion of your purchase will also be dedicated to the Cerebral Palsy Center and the Shriners Hospital for Children. Other drinks worth trying include the Mountain Margarita and the Local Yokel. You’re also welcome to enjoy one of the many local craft beers available at the bar.
A few of our favorite menu items include the following:
Seafood Spring Rolls
This original family recipe is a top starter at The Local Attraction Gastropub, and for good reason — these rolls feature seafood lovers’ favorite ingredients and are fried to perfection. Each order includes six spring rolls — enough to share with fellow visitors but also enough to substitute as a meal. Every roll contains crab, shrimp, pork, carrots, onions, and special seasonings.
Loaded Chorizo Fries
The sidewinder fries at The Local Attraction Gastropub are a big deal. While they taste amazing on their own, they’re even better when served with generous toppings. With this mouthwatering appetizer, the fries are topped with chorizo, queso, sour cream, avocado, and jalapenos.
Chicken Tenders Basket
The Local Attraction Gastropub proves that chicken tenders need not be reserved for fast food restaurants and kids menus. This delightful basket features a huge portion of breaded buttermilk tenders, which are served alongside the restaurant’s signature sidewinder fries and grilled Texas toast. Depending on your personal preferences, you can opt to dip your tenders in BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, or honey mustard.
South on a Sandwich
Enjoy a true taste of the South with this aptly-named sandwich. It includes fried green tomatoes, thick-cut bacon, and pimento cheese — all served on grilled Texas toast.
Vegan and vegetarian visitors will be pleased by this option, which is completely meat-free. The standard recipe is not technically vegan, but guests are welcome to request adjustments to ensure it comes completely free of animal products. Otherwise, the burger features a plant-based patty topped with cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, pickles, mustard, and ketchup. All this is served on a fresh grilled bun from the bakery.
– Depending on the weather, you may want to request a spot on the patio, where you can sit at a picnic table or a conventional table surrounded by stools.
– Take a close look at The Local Attraction Gastropub’s official Facebook page. There, you will find a detailed schedule outlining upcoming live music events. Several bands regularly appear at the restaurant, including, most notably, the Pea Pickin’ Hearts, New Rain, and Mick Kyte.