Split Rail Eats in Gatlinburg is a little off the beaten track but it’s worth finding if you’re hungry for a good meal. With a mix of traditional and modern American diner fare, and special twists to the ingredients and specialties, this cute little restaurant is a place the locals eat, and recommend to visitors. It offers a great breakfast and lunch menu, as well as food to go. It’s located along the Arts & Crafts Community Trail, so it makes a good place to rest and recharge in between the window shopping.
The owners of Split Rail Easts are known for going out of their way to create a pleasant and inviting dining atmosphere for their guests. In response to their excellent reputation and equally good food, people from all over come here for all their dining needs, from quick lunch dates to full birthday celebrations.
Dining Atmosphere and Experience
Although the outside setting is back-of-the-stores nondescript – which makes it not readily visible from the main trail – the dining atmosphere at Split Rail Eats is welcoming, with a rustic decor and quaint seating arrangements. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, weather permitting.
Split Rail Eats opened in late 2018, and at the time of writing is a recent addition to the eateries in town, but it’s quickly gained a reputation for friendliness and accommodating service. The staff and owners are welcoming and attentive to ensure their guests leave delighted with their food and dining experience.
Split Rail Eats Menu Items
At Split Rail Eats, they claim that there is something for everyone and back it up with a diverse menu. Notable dishes include “hand pies” made with ham and cheese, chicken pot pie filling or spinach and feta cheese. There’s also an amazing cinnamon-roll hand pie that can be prepared a la mode.
Beyond the hand pies, other snacks include the southern-fried pickles and cheese curds, a great hit with the community. The chicken fritters are especially acclaimed, an exciting mix of shredded chicken and cream cheese breaded in panko, then fried to perfection. When paired with the unique “boom boom sauce”, the flavor combination has been called out of this world.
More favorites include the Naan Fish Taco, which provides a distinctive flavor infusion both unique and memorable – naan bread covered in delicious beer-battered fish, house slaw and spicy chipotle mayo. Even the “ordinary” breakfast items, including biscuits and sausage gravy, omelets and French toast, are noted as anything but ordinary.
No matter what they pick from the long menu offered at Split Rail Eats, by all accounts, it seems that visitors just cannot lose. Every menu item reportedly goes well beyond expectations to keep visitors coming back time and time again for another taste.
Split Rail Eats Location in Gatlinburg
Split Rail Eats is located at the Covered Bridge Shops on the Yellow Route of the Gatlinburg Trolley. Located right along the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail, Split Rail Eats it is a great place for people to rest and recharge while shopping or simply exploring the area. Visitors can drive along this eight-mile trail loop on their own or leave the stress behind by taking the Gatlinburg Trolley.
Split Rail Eats
849 Glades Rd, Ste 1B1, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Tue-Sat: 8 am – 7 pm // Sun: 9 am – 3 pm // Monday – Closed
UPDATE: Congratulations to Split Rail Eats for its second-place winning entry in the 2021 GatlinBURGER Week. The restaurant combined its popular mac-n-cheese side dish with a smashed Angus Beef patty, Gruyere cheese, bacon and a tangy sauce to produce the “Daddy Mac” for the annual contest.
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