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4 Family-Style Restaurants in Pigeon Forge You Should Try During Your Vacation

Pigeon Forge is known for having so many great places to eat! You can find everything from burgers to pizza to international cuisine. One of the best types of food in Pigeon Forge, though, has to be Southern cooking, and the best places to find it are family-style restaurants. Here’s a list of the best family-style restaurants in Pigeon Forge where you can enjoy delicious Southern cuisine during your family vacation!

1. Mama’s Farmhouse

If you are in the mood for homestyle Southern cooking, look no further than Mama’s Farmhouse. Mama’s Farmhouse is a locally owned and operated restaurant in Pigeon Forge. This family-style restaurant serves all-you-can-eat meals directly to your table for your whole family to share. If you want more of something, your server will bring more and keep it coming! You can visit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, you’ll enjoy scratch-made biscuits, chocolate gravy, hash brown casserole, bacon, eggs, etc. Lunch and dinner vary by the day of the week. Each day, two entrees are available for lunch and three entrees for dinner. You then get to pick four sides for the table to share. Entrees include tasty options like fried chicken, honey-glazed ham, meatloaf, and more. Sides include Southern favorites such as fried okra, chicken & dumplings, creamed corn, broccoli casserole, and others.

2. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen in Pigeon ForgePaula Deen has brought her own signature Southern style to the Smokies with Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. This family-style restaurant in Pigeon Forge serves Deen’s classic family recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, you get to choose three Down Home Dishes, one Breakfast Meat, and two Breakfast Treats for the table to share. You can enjoy Southern foods like biscuits, apple cinnamon French toast, bacon, fried potatoes, and cheesy grits. For lunch and dinner, you can choose to share Down Home Dishes like fried chicken, pot roast, pulled pork, fried catfish, and more, plus Southern side dishes such as collard greens, candied yams, creamed potatoes, etc. You’ll love being able to share all these Southern flavors with the whole family!

3. Huck Finn’s Catfish

At Huck Finn’s Catfish, all meals are served with Vittles for the table to share family-style. This restaurant in Pigeon Forge has tasty Southern meals like fried chicken, chicken livers, chopped steak, trout, and, of course, fried and grilled catfish. Each meal is served with your choice of fries, mash potatoes, or green beans, plus all the Vittles. The Vittles include Southern favorite sides such as Bottomless Bowl of Baked White Beans & Turkey Ham, Dill Pickles & Sweet Onion Slices, Creamy Coleslaw, and Huck’s Made-From-Scratch Hushpuppies. These Vittles are for the whole table to share family-style to enjoy alongside your individual meals.

4. Aunt Granny’s Restaurant

Aunt Granny's restaurant at DollywoodIf you find yourself at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, make sure you try Aunt Granny’s Restaurant while you’re there. This is one of the best family-style restaurants in Pigeon Forge. Each table is served a grand spread of main dishes and sides to share. You can choose three main dishes and four sides for the table plus one dessert per person. Main dishes include tasty Southern meals like fried chicken, herb-baked chicken, pot roast, and fried catfish. You can choose from a variety of sides including corn pudding, green beans, pinto beans, braised cabbage, mashed potatoes, and more. Each person then gets to choose an individual dessert to finish the meal on a sweet note. Choose between treats such as banana pudding, chocolate chip cookies, and seasonal crumbles. This is a great family-style restaurant that makes you feel at home as you enjoy homestyle Southern favorites. 

More Places to Eat in the Smoky Mountains

These are the best family-style restaurants in Pigeon Forge where you can find tasty, homestyle Southern cooking. For more great places to eat during your vacation in the Smokies, check out these Smoky Mountain restaurants!