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Sun Diner: A Culinary Homage to Rock ‘n’ Roll in Gatlinburg

Nov 27, 2023 | Food, Places to Eat In Gatlinburg, Restaurants, Reviews

Located in downtown Gatlniburg, right next to Jason Aldean’s rooftop bar, lies Sun Diner – a unique blend of culinary delight and musical history. This charming diner, deeply rooted in the legacy of the legendary Sun Records label from Memphis, offers more than just a meal; it’s an immersive experience into the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll.

Sun Diner window

The Ambiance: A Step Back in Time
Upon entering Sun Diner, you’re immediately transported to the 1950s. The walls are covered in photos from rock ‘n roll’s past, reminiscent of a time when Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash were the kings of the airwaves. The decor isn’t just for show; it’s a tribute to Sun Records, whose impact on the music industry is undeniable. Every corner of the diner resonates with history, making it a perfect spot for both music enthusiasts and those looking to relive the golden age of rock.

Sun Diner outside

The Menu: A Melody of Flavors
Sun Diner’s menu is a love letter to comfort food, with a special focus on breakfast delights. From chicken and waffles to omelets, and even hot wings, the variety is impressive. Whatever mood you’re in, you are highly likely to find something on the menu that will appeal to you.

Burger melt

The Showstopper: The “Greatest Hits” Burger Melt
Our choice, the “Greatest Hits” burger melt, is a testament to the diner’s culinary prowess. A certified Angus beef steak burger, it’s ingeniously sandwiched between a thick grilled cheese melt. The American and Cheddar cheeses ooze with each bite, blending harmoniously with the sweet caramelized onions and the tangy pickles. This burger isn’t just a meal; it’s a performance, with each ingredient playing its part to perfection. It was served with Sun Diner potatoes, tastly little curved bits of starchy goodness. On a previous occasion, we also had the “red hot” chicken sandwich that lives up to its name. So we can confidently say that the food is excellent and you will not be disappointed.

Burger melt

The Experience: Southern Hospitality at Its Best
What truly sets Sun Diner apart is the service. The staff doesn’t just serve food; they deliver an experience. Their Southern, down-home demeanor is not just friendly, it’s “over-the-top” in the best way possible. They make you feel at home, sharing stories and a laugh or two. This personal touch adds a layer of warmth to the meal, making the experience memorable. It’s the opposite of Dick’s Last Resort (on the opposite end of the street), where the service is over-the-top rude. If you like REALLY friendly service, you will love the staff at Sun Diner.

Wait staff

Conclusion: More Than Just a Diner
Sun Diner in Gatlinburg is more than just a place to eat; it’s a cultural experience. It successfully marries the rich history of Sun Records with a menu that sings the praises of comfort food. Whether you’re a music buff, a lover of good food, or just in search of a unique dining experience, Sun Diner hits all the right notes. It’s a must-visit spot where every meal feels like a tribute to the legends of rock ‘n’ roll.

Inside restaurant

Sun Diner is located at:

646 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN

Recommended! An easy walk from the Historic Gatlinburg Inn, it is definitely worth a stop when you’re looking for somewhere unique to eat.