You know you’re bound to get hungry after a full day of mountain climbing, hiking and sporting. If you’re in the Pigeon Forge area, luckily you have plenty of options to choose from. This resort city in Tennessee has a small population of about 6,000 people but plenty of tourist traffic.
Dollywood Dining Options—Dinner and a Show
Just a few miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge gets a lot of traffic, which explains why you’ll find great spots like Dollywood. Dollywood also offers dinner and a show, so look out for Dixie Stampede, “the Smokies' Most Fun Place to Eat” with horses and riders giving you a great viewing as you’re chomping down.
A spokesperson at DiamondRentals.com says the show is why many people choose Dollywood’s brand of dining. “The show has music and special effects, 32 horses and a four course feast and even with a vegetarian-friendly four course meal—which is rare for any restaurant to offer. Smoky Mountain adventures is another theatre attraction / dinner from the Dollywood part of town.”
Other Big Name Diners
But if you really want to experience regional cooking in the area you can’t go wrong with hangouts like Bennett’s BBQ, serving slow-smoked ribs, beef, chicken wings, sausage and pork for the last 20 years. With its own special sauce, you can expect 14-hour hickory wood smoked meats, the best in all the mountain. They also offer an all you can eat soup and salad bar and have a host of domestic and imported/specialty beers, not to mention regional and seasonal drafts.
If you want more dinner and shows after seeing Dollywood, opt for The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner, with a comedy murder mystery with actor interaction, as well as four different shows for 2017: Scarlett Reloaded, Moonshine Murders, The Killbillies, and Frankly, Scarlett… You’re Dead! The meal itself is a three course feast with a prize package for whoever guesses for the “top sleuth” of the night.
Over at Timberwinds Cabins, providing cabin rentals to Pigeon Forge visitors, they have their own recommendations for authentic Pigeon Forge dining. Huck Finn’s is a family owned restaurant serving family cooking with country friend steak, shrimp, steaks, pork loin, fish and chips with plenty of sides. Mama’s Farmhouse serves family sized meals from friend chicken to chicken fried steak to honey ham, chick-n-dumplings, meatloaf and turkey. Children under five eat free.
Lastly, (but hardly the full listing of great restaurants) there’s Reagan’s House of Pancakes, with two locations and a full breakfast buffet with country favorites like bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns and more.
There is always plenty to eat in a tourist area, and the Smoky Mountains never disappoints. Although you may be treated to a bed and breakfast, don’t underestimate the fantastic cooking of Pigeon Forge’s most popular restaurants, each one catering to your country-friend appetite.