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If you’re anything like us, you think dessert is the best meal of the day! When you visit the Smoky Mountains, you’ll have so many options for places that can easily satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you’re looking for a restaurant where you can enjoy something sweet after your meal, or a shop where you can drop in and get your favorite sweet treat to go, we’ve got you covered! Check out our list of the top 7 shops and restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for dessert.
1. Old Mill Pottery House Cafe
The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe is known for many things, from gourmet salads to classic Southern dishes. But the one thing you don’t want to miss while you’re there is their homemade baked goods. This restaurant in Pigeon Forge offers a wide selection of desserts that are made fresh daily. The coconut cream pie is one of the most popular items on the dessert menu, but you can’t go wrong with any choice. Enjoy huge slices of chocolate cake, lemonade pie or even peanut butter pie!
2. Cookie Dough Monster
Who can say no to cookie dough? Cookie Dough Monster offers gourmet grilled cheese, burgers and, of course, cookie dough! Everything is made in house daily, from their cookie dough, to their cheesecake, to their cakes and cookies. Whatever you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, you can find it at Cookie Dough Monster. With so many flavors of cookie dough to choose from and so many other homemade sweets, this is definitely one of the best places in Pigeon Forge for dessert.
3. Alamo Steakhouse
Alamo Steakhouse has locations in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You’ll want to be sure to save room for dessert after you try one of their famous steaks! The dessert menu features everything from home-baked cobbler to layered chocolate cake. We recommend trying the sea salt caramel cheesecake or the key lime pie. You can also try their house speciality, the chocolate burrito. The chocolate burrito is a flour tortilla wrapped around a Hershey bar, deep fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar before being topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.
If you’re in the mood for banana pudding for dessert, you don’t want to miss the chance to dine at Calhoun’s. This is by far one of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for dessert. The macadamia nut banana pudding is a local favorite. It’s served in a big glass and there’s enough for two people to share! Other items on the dessert menu include fresh key lime pie, cheesecake and triple fudge cake.
5. The Melting Pot
You can never go wrong with chocolate fondue for dessert! The Melting Pot has several chocolate fondues to choose from: The Original, Flaming Turtle, Pure Chocolate Fondue, Yin & Yang and Cookies ‘N Cream Marshmallow Dream. The Cookies ‘N Cream Marshmallow Dream is a favorite among visitors, with dark chocolate swirled with marshmallow creme, flambeed and topped with Oreo cookie crumbles. Each chocolate fondue is served with a variety of sweet treats and fresh fruits.
Cinnaholic is a newer dessert shop in Pigeon Forge. Located in the Tower Shops, it offers gourmet cinnamon rolls with a variety of toppings. You can choose from over 20 unique frosting flavors and even more toppings, or order one of their signature rolls. The Cookie Monster roll is one of their popular rolls, with cream cheese frosting, cookie dough, chocolate chips and chocolate sauce. Cinnaholic also has cookie dough, cookies and brownies. If you can’t decide what to get, try the Cinnastack! The Cinnastack includes both a cinnamon roll, a scoop of cookie dough, and your choice of frosting and toppings.
7. Loco Burro
While most Mexican restaurants are known for their margaritas and cheese dip, Loco Burro has added one more item to the list: dessert! This restaurant in Gatlinburg not only has famous, housemade margaritas and authentic, Tex-Mex cuisine, but it also serves up some delicious dessert. You have to try the Choco Taco, which is constructed in a chocolate waffle cone taco shell, and filled with caramelized bananas, strawberry cheesecake gelato and caramel, then dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with peanut butter cups and sprinkles. Finally, it’s topped with chocolate and strawberry sauces and whipped cream! Other dessert items include sopapillas, chocolate cake and fried ice cream with churros.
More Restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
These are just some of the best shops and restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for dessert, but you’ll have plenty of other options for dessert in the Smoky Mountains! The truth is, all of the restaurants in the area serve up some tasty desserts that both visitors and locals love. Take a look and more Smoky Mountain restaurants and decide where you want to dine while you’re here!