Where to eat between Charlotte and Gatlinburg

This food trip itinerary gives you restaurant recommendations for places to eat over 3 days. Starting from Charlotte, you can leave at 10:50 am and drive for about 10 minutes to the first stop.

4630 Old Pineville Rd
Charlotte, NC
(704) 523-6330
$$
  806 reviews
Barbeque, Chicken Wings, Southern food
11am to 12pm
Day 1. Arrive at 11:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
3418 S New Hope Rd
Gastonia, NC
(704) 879-9344
$$
  215 reviews
Sushi
11am to 10pm
Arrive at 1:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
318 E Gold St
Kings Mountain, NC
(704) 750-4026
  28 reviews
Thai restaurants
Arrive at 3:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
233 S Lafayette St
Shelby, NC
(704) 487-0016
$$
  116 reviews
American restaurants (Traditional)
11am to 11pm
Arrive at 6:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 9:50 am. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
1664 S Lafayette St
Shelby, NC
(704) 600-6133
$
  8 reviews
Mexican restaurants
10am to 9pm
Day 2. Arrive at 10:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
464 West Main St
Forest City, NC
(828) 229-3403
  2 reviews
Chinese restaurants
Arrive at 12:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
123 W 2nd St
Rutherfordton, NC
(828) 980-1622
$$
  85 reviews
Thai restaurants
11:30am to 9pm
Arrive at 2:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
4066 Pea Ridge Rd
Mill Spring, NC
(828) 863-1121
$$
  26 reviews
Asian Fusion, Seafood restaurants, Sushi
11am to 10pm
Arrive at 5:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
3749 Sweeten Creek Rd
Arden, NC
(828) 676-3222
$$
Arrive at 7:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 8:40 am. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
12 College St
Asheville, NC
(828) 255-4863
$$
Day 3. Arrive at 9:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
909 Smoky Park Hwy
Asheville, NC
(828) 670-5595
$
Arrive at 11:20 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 50 minutes.
3460 Cosby Hwy
Cosby, TN
(423) 487-2710
$$
  265 reviews
American restaurants (Traditional)
8am to 8pm
Arrive at 2:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
1875 East Pkwy
Gatlinburg, TN
(865) 325-8682
$
  521 reviews
Barbeque, American restaurants (Traditional)
12pm to 8pm
Arrive at 4:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.

Reach your destination in Gatlinburg around 6:40 pm after eating at 13 restaurants over 3 days. If you were to drive nonstop, it would take about 3½ hours driving roughly 196 miles straight to Gatlinburg. Looking for more restaurants? You can choose a category below if you want to do an entire road trip full of Barbeque, Chicken Wings, Southern food, Sushi, Thai restaurants, American restaurants (Traditional), or more. Enjoy the journey!

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