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A Taste for All: Guide to Dining in Pigeon Forge

One of the best parts about a trip to the Smoky Mountains is getting to sample all the different types of cuisine that the area has to offer. The good news is that no matter what you are craving, there is always a restaurant nearby that has exactly what you are looking for! From fancy date night restaurants to casual places to take the kids, the opportunities are endless when you vacation in the Smokies. Take a look at this guide to dining in Pigeon Forge:

Best Breakfast – The Old Mill Restaurant

For this restaurant guide, we will start out with the most important meal of the day, and that’s breakfast! While there are an array of excellent options for your morning meal, The Old Mill is hard to beat. They have all sorts of breakfast classics, including omelets, pancakes, biscuits, and so much more. If you want a taste of it all, kick your day off with The Old Mill Country Breakfast, which features eggs, pancakes, grits, biscuits, fried potatoes, and your meat of choice. What else could you possibly want to start your day in the Smoky Mountains?

Best Southern Cooking – Mama’s Farmhouse

Mama's Farmhouse Pigeon Forge restaurantNo one can cook quite like your mama, but we guarantee you won’t be disappointed in the country selection at Mama’s Farmhouse! This all-you-can-eat restaurant in the Smokies serves everything family style, which means it comes right to your table so you don’t have to deal with long lines at the buffet. Each day, mama’s team is in the kitchen cooking up amazing southern dishes for your family. Some of the entrees available throughout the week include fried chicken, meatloaf, country-fried steak, and honey-glazed ham. Of course, your meal also comes with all of the scrumptious sides and veggies as well! Want some more of your favorite dish? Simply ask your server and you can eat until your heart and belly are content!

Best BBQ – Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack

One of the foods that the Smokies is most known for is BBQ, so it’s only right to talk about it in this guide to dining in Pigeon Forge. When it comes to the best place to find BBQ, Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack reigns on top. For dinner, you can pick out your own BBQ plate with options such as pulled pork, smoked brisket, smoked sausage, and pulled chicken. Each meal also comes with two sides and a roll to create the perfect meal. You can also buy meat by the pound which is perfect to take along with you on a picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or to enjoy back at your hotel or cabin.

Best Mexican Restaurant – No Way Jose’s Cantina

no way jose's in Pigeon ForgeFor those looking for a little something different, head to No Way Jose’s Cantina for some authentic Mexican food filled with flavor. You can start your meal off with chips and homemade salsa or upgrade to the Chile Con Queso for a yummy appetizer. For the main course, No Way Jose’s has a little something for everyone, including fajitas, quesadillas, nachos, enchiladas, and burritos. One of the most unique items on the menu is the Ultimate Tacos, which combines a soft and hard-shelled taco to create a wonderful masterpiece topped with famous El Rancho sauce.

Best Steakhouse – Alamo Steakhouse

As you recall, the Alamo was a famous battle that took place in the heart of Texas. So how does that tie in with the Smoky Mountains? Well, Tennessee sent nearly 2,000 volunteers, including Davy Crockett, to fight in the war. That is how the state got nicknamed the “Volunteer State.” Alamo Steakhouse serves to honor those who gave their lives in the fight for freedom. At this steakhouse, you can choose from a number of select cuts of meat, including the signature ribeye that is 20 ounces of pure deliciousness! There are also plenty of other options for those who don’t like steak, including seafood, chicken, pork, and salads.

Best Dessert – Mad Dog’s Creamery

ice cream in conesFinally, let’s talk about everyone’s favorite, dessert! If you have a sweet tooth, you will be in heaven when you visit Pigeon Forge because there are all sorts of places to satisfy your cravings. With 24 different flavors of ice cream to go along with other tasty treats, we have selected Mad Dog’s Creamery. This unique dessert shop is also pet-friendly, so you can bring your pup along to get a doggie treat too! Whether you want ice cream on a summer day in the Smokies or a hot and gooey funnel cake, Mad Dog’s has it all!

There are so many amazing options when it comes to dining in Pigeon Forge and the rest of the Smokies! Check out some of the other amazing restaurants in the Smokies to visit during your next trip! We look forward to seeing you soon!