Located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, Maggie Valley is a serene mountain getaway surrounded by magnificent views. Experience the great outdoors through activities such as trail hiking, canoeing, and skiing. Relax with your family in one of the area’s cozy Maggie Valley vacation rentals. There are also plenty of cultural attractions to keep your family busy, and when it’s time to grab a bite to eat, these kid-friendly restaurants serve up delicious food for the whole family.
1. Pop’s Grits & Eggs
Good old-fashioned Southern-style cooking is what Pop’s Grits & Eggs serves up. Bring your hungry family to this hidden treasure for a hearty breakfast. Kids and adults love the biscuits and gravy, which are made fresh each morning. Breakfast staples on the menu include eggs, bacon, grits, and potatoes. Go a bit upscale and order an omelet to go along with your coffee. This is a simple and friendly place to start the day, and be sure to call ahead to book a table, or show up early, because a line forms fast once the doors open.
2. BrickHouse Burgers & Pizza
Family members who require gluten-free meals feel right at home at this popular restaurant serving up meaty burgers, sandwiches, and pizza. Gluten-free substitutions are a part of the menu. Big menu attractions for kids are burger patties served with macaroni and cheese and bacon, and the pepperoni pizza burger. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Maui Wowie, BrickHouse Bourbon, or Sunnyside Up Burgers. Relax and enjoy your meal inside or on the patio.
3. Maggie Valley Sandwich Shop
When your taste buds are missing your favorite sandwich shop back home, mosey over to this charming sandwich place. Located next to a cigar shop, the owners make this a great place to take a lunch break. Let the kids order from a menu catering to their tastes, while you choose whether to get a sandwich on a sub roll or a croissant. The welcoming atmosphere and delicious fresh cold and hot sandwiches make this a real kid-pleaser. Order banana pudding to go and savor every delectable bite back at your vacation home.
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4. Buttered Biscuit
The Buttered Biscuit in nearby Waynesville has a clean, modern atmosphere reminiscent of an office cafeteria. Choose a cozy booth or table with or without a good view of the flat-screen TV. Serving portions are large, and kids may want to share meals and taste different items. Biscuits are served with real butter or savory gravy, and you can order country ham, eggs, and hash browns to go with them. Vegetarians are welcome and the mushroom omelet is deliciously thick with a nice texture. The service is friendly and professional to send you on your way pleasantly full.
5. Country Vittles Restaurant & Gift Shop
Fuel up for a full day of fun family activities at this spacious restaurant. Surrounded by mountains, this is the place to go for an “all you can eat” breakfast, or lunch. Luckily, there’s no trying to keep track of kids at the buffet tables. All meals are served directly to your table, and servers refill your plate with favorite foods upon request. At breakfast, chow down on gravy and biscuits, eggs, sausage, and more. For lunch, choose a chicken, fish, steak, or meatloaf daily special. Afterwards, browse the gift shop for mountain country souvenirs.
6. Mountaineer Restaurant
In addition to great food, the scenic beauty of the nearby mountains makes this restaurant a wonderful spot for a family meal. When the weather is great, sit out on the deck to enjoy breathtaking views as you dine. Eat there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and enjoy home-style food cooked with heart. During winter visits, enjoy meals indoors. The pine wood interior and wood burning stove keep everyone cozy and comfortable.
7. Snappy’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria
Satisfy your kids’ craving for pizza at Snappy’s, where the staff go out of their way to provide top-notch service. The kids’ menu includes individual pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, and other kid favorites. Delight teens with pizza or subs, and enjoy a glass of wine with your pasta meal, or choose an entree with chicken or fish. Meatloaf lovers may enjoy the Italian meatloaf, lovingly slow-cooked and served with a side of spaghetti. Top this wonderful meal off with a slice of traditional Tiramisu.
8. Ammons Drive Inn & Dairy Bar
Make lunch or dinner with the kids an easy affair with a trip to Ammons. Locals and visitors alike flock here for hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, meat and seafood dinners, and yummy desserts. Order to go, or sit down and eat at a table inside. The 10 and under children’s menu features smaller portions of adult meals, and the soup and salad bar is ideal for eating light. Let kids slurp down delicious shakes, or have them save room for a slice of pie, cake, or a creamy ice cream sundae.
9. Angelo’s Family Pizza & Pasta
Introduce your kids to savory garlic balls when dining at this clean and friendly Italian restaurant. The seating is cozy, and there’s a banquet dining area for large groups. Pizza with your favorite toppings is served cut into squares, or request traditional slices for something more nostalgic. Kid-favorite orders include sides such as calzones, fries, and meatballs as pizza alternatives.
10. Smoky Mountain Sub Shop
When you want quick meals made with fresh ingredients, head to this local sub sandwich shop. It’s got a reputation for being the best of its kind in the county, and the food love begins with freshly-baked bread. Kids choose from a wide range of familiar sandwich ingredients including chicken, turkey, meatballs, cold cuts and tuna. Burgers are available as well, and the 7-inch pizzas are just the right size for young appetites. The restaurant’s atmosphere is contemporary with a homey feel.
11. Fat Buddies Ribs & Barbecue
Get ready to enjoy some rip-roaring good BBQ ribs and BBQ pork sandwiches. Come here for a late lunch or leisurely dinner when you’ve got all the time in the world to sit and savor a home-style meal. Kids enjoy beefy hamburgers, and sandwiches stuffed with chicken, turkey, BBQ beef or pulled BBQ pork. Share sides of potato skins, hush puppies, or fried dill pickles. Order finger food favorites such as chicken tenders and fried mushrooms. An array of lip-smacking rib, beef, chicken, and turkey dinners are guaranteed pleasers.
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