There is no shortage of good food in Pigeon Forge! You will find a little bit of everything from good ‘ole Southern comfort food to BBQ, and more pancakes than you can imagine! The goodness is all around whether you are in town for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Our family likes to plan out each of our meal stops prior to every visit to the Smokies so that we make sure to get in all of our favorites. Here are a few restaurants you must visit:
There is one, and only one, Old Mill Restaurant. Located in the heart of the Old Mill Square next to the historic gristmill, this restaurant offers the most amazing Southern comfort food around. Be sure to ask to sit near the windows so that you can look out over the Little Pigeon River while you are eating. Our family loves the chicken and dumplings and the homemade meatloaf. A cup of their corn chowder, as well as corn fritters, are served with your meal and it is hard not to fill up on just them! For dessert, their homemade pecan pie is a little slice of heaven! Just across the street is the Old Mill Pottery House Cafe and Grille and this is our favorite lunchtime spot. You cannot go wrong with any of their homemade soups and quiches and the mac and cheese is a kid favorite!
What’s for breakfast? Pancakes! We like the farmhouse atmosphere of the locally owned Sawyer’s Farmhouse. A big hearty breakfast is a great way to start the day before heading out to enjoy the attractions. They have a big menu with lots of great options including pancakes, waffles, crepes, and omelets. Their Hershey’s chocolate chip pancakes are a hit with our family as well as the chicken and waffles. You will leave full and happy!
Also, be sure to check out these fine restaurants that are not necessarily native to Pigeon Forge but are made to feel so with their great Southern hospitality.
*Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. Well known for so many delicious dishes, the family style menu gives you the option to pick your family favorites. You choose your entree, your sides, and even your dessert. From their big windows, you will enjoy a glimpse of the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel along with the Island Show Fountains.
Located in Lumberjack Square, Calhoun’s serves up a cozy mountain lodge atmosphere and a great steak that is cooked to perfection! Be sure to try their Southern fried green tomatoes for a starter and then enjoy their hickory smoked ribs or pulled pork. This is a great place to enjoy for a nice lunch or dinner.
This restaurant is new to town but quickly earning good ratings. If you are looking for a not so typical breakfast, then check them out. Their menu includes options like beignets, Bayou Benedict, and even Shrimp and Grits. So many good choices that you will have a hard time deciding!
You can never go wrong with a good burger or sandwich! This family sports grill is one of the best-kept secrets in town. Juicy burgers, award-winning wings, and salads fill the menu. It is a nice spot to hang out, eat, and relax for a bit.
Check out these places in Pigeon Forge for some good food, Southern hospitality, and a great Smoky Mountain atmosphere!