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Paula Deen Pays a Visit to Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge

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We had a celebrity visitor on February 10 in Pigeon Forge! Paula Deen paid a visit to her restaurant in Pigeon Forge to sign autographs and meet with fans. We have all the details on her visit to Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge and other celebrity spots you can visit in the area:

Paula Deen at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

Pigeon Forge visitors were in for a treat on February 10 because Paula Deen came to town! The celebrity TV chef made a special visit to her restaurant, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Paula Deen spent several hours there, visiting with fans and signing autographs. Fans brought cookbooks, coffee mugs, baby clothes and even jars of jam for her to sign!

About Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge

paula deen's family kitchen the island pigeon forge tnPaula Deen’s Family Kitchen is one of the most popular restaurants at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy classic Deen Family recipes any time during the day. Southern-style entrees and sides are served up family-style, and it’s all-you-can-eat! Popular items on the breakfast menu include chicken and biscuits, ooey gooey butter pancakes, and creamy hashbrown casserole. Popular items on the lunch and dinner menus include Southern fried chicken, Southern meatloaf and chicken & dumplings. Not only will you get to enjoy a delicious dinner, but a gorgeous view as well! The dining room overlooks the Island Show Fountain.

Other Celebrity Restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Paula Deen isn’t the only celebrity to open a restaurant in the Smokies! The number of celebrity-inspired restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg continues to grow. Here are a few of our favorites:

Chicken Guy

Guy Fieri brought his famous Chicken Guy! restaurant to Gatlinburg! When you visit, you can taste some of the best fried chicken with a variety of dipping sauces to choose from. The menu includes chicken tenders, signature sandwiches, salad bowls, sides and so many sauces to choose from! Their Special Sauce is a favorite among visitors, which is a combination of mayo, ketchup, mustard, pickle juice and Chicken Guy special spices and seasonings. And there are special Flavortown Shakes too, including the popular Apple Cinnamon Cereal Shake.

Ole Red Gatlinburg

sign for ole red gatlinburgIn spring of 2019, Blake Shelton opened his Ole Red Gatlinburg location! It’s a restaurant, live music venue and retail space in downtown Gatlinburg. On the menu you’ll find a variety of burgers, sandwiches and other favorites (like bacon-wrapped meatloaf!). And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Blake Shelton venue without the drinks! Order a specialty cocktail, draft beer, wine, or shot while you listen to the live music, and don’t forget to grab some merch before you leave!

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

It’s always 5 o’clock at this Pigeon Forge restaurant! Enjoy a bit of paradise in the Smokies when you visit Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The menu has so many different options, from seafood, to burgers, to pasta. You have to try one of their famous margaritas too! There is a variety to choose from, including watermelon, blueberry pomegranate, tropical fruit, and more. The restaurant also serves up frozen drinks, other specialty cocktails and moonshine cocktails!

Paula Deen may have left town, but her restaurant is still here and ready for you to visit for one of the best meals ever! Learn more about Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, then start planning your visit!