One of the questions I get asked the most is “Where is the best place to eat in Pigeon Forge?”.  There are so many restaurants in Pigeon Forge, it can be daunting choosing the one at which to dine.  Many people stick to what they know and simply pick a chain restaurant as they are familiar with it.  However you’re missing out on the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge when you go the safe route.

Branch out and discover the best places to eat in Smokies, all of which are favorites of local residents. From homestyle restaurants to steakhouses and even Italian eateries, these places to eat will leave even the pickiest eaters satisfied.

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1) The Old Mill Restaurant
164 Old Mill Ave, Pigeon Forge

Southern-style, homemade food is served at The Old Mill Restaurant.  This throwback eatery is known for its fried chicken, buttery biscuits and made-from-scratch pies.  The atmosphere is a big draw too, as the restaurant is adjacent to the still-in-operation Old Mill.  Large, picture windows paint a scene straight out of history.

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Calhoun’s pulled pork sandwich

2) Calhoun’s Restaurant
2532 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

Calhoun’s Restaurant offers so many menu options, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. For greens, the Turkey Creek Salad with strawberries, feta, pecans and pulled turkey is my go-to pick. When I’m craving something more, I order the pulled pork sandwich piled with coleslaw. It’s a huge sandwich, the meat is very tender and Calhoun’s barbeque sauce’s flavor makes it all come together.

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3) Old Mill Pottery House Café and Grille
3341 Old Mill St, Pigeon Forge

I already listed the Old Mill Restaurant as a “best” choice, but this smaller café is also a top pick.  I recommend eating lunch at the Old Mill Pottery House Cafe, as it is one of the tastiest you’ll find in Pigeon Forge.  In fact, it’s so good many people eat here several times during vacation.  I can’t pass up the Chicken Reuben, but the Loaded Baked Potato Soup and homemade quiches are also excellent choices.  Add the Lemonade Pie as a sweet end to your meal.

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4) Alamo Steakhouse
3050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

Winner of the “best steaks” award several times over, this is the place to go for melt-in-your mouth grill selections.  There are two Smoky Mountain Alamo Steakhouse locations – one in Pigeon Forge and one in Gatlinburg – both of which are tucked away to provide a romantic yet casual place to dine.  The aged Black Angus steaks are hand cut in-house, then cooked over an oak grill to sear in the seasons.  Try the Rio Grande Ribeye.

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5) Bullfish Grill
2441 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

Looking for a nice night out?  Bullfish Grill is just the place for you.  Known as one of Pigeon Forge’s best seafood restaurants, the upscale setting is the perfect place to relax with the one you love.  The menu is a bit more pricy than most you’ll find in the area, but well worth it.  It’s hard for me to narrow down a favorite, but some of the best food I’ve had here is the Bacon and Shrimp Flatbread, Bullfish Strawberry Salad and Asiago Grilled Salmon.

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6) Smoky Mountain Brewery
2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

Popular for lunch and dinner, the options at Smoky Mountain Brewery are classic American.  Part sports bar, part live music joint, you can find a variety of entertainment at this restaurant.  You’ll also find a wide assortment of in-house microbrews.  My favorite is the Mountain Light brew, although the Appalachian Pale Ale is a close second.  Burgers here are juicy and delicious, but I love their Baker’s Choice Calzone.  If I have room, I order the soft pretzels and beer cheese as an appetizer.  No matter what you order, you can’t wrong at this Smoky Mountain staple.

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7) Huck Finn’s Catfish
3330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

Famous for all-you-can-eat catfish and chicken dinners, as well as free refills of sweet tea served in mason jars, Huck Finn’s Catfish is simply southern food done right.  All-you-can-eat dinners also come with endless side vittles like creamy homemade coleslaw, made from scratch baked white beans, choice of french fries or homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, signature southern hushpuppies and dill pickles & onions slices.  Come hungry!

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8) J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen
3214 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

One of the newer restaurants in Pigeon Forge, J.T Hannah’s Kitchen was opened in honor of J.T. Hannah, a prosperous businessman in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Hearty fare served at a reasonable price is their signature.  Admire the rustic décor and old relics decorating the restaurant while you browse their all-American menu.  Try the St. Louis Spare Ribs or Smoky Mountain Rainbow Trout.es.

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9) Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
2910 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

Have a hankering for barbeque?  If so, the award-winning barbeque at Bennett’s will satisfy your cravings.  Savory sauces, hickory wood smoked flavors and secret recipes come together to create some of the best barbeque east of Mississippi.  Two of my favorite menu items are the Hickory Wings and Beef Brisket.

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10) Johnny Carino’s
2425 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

For seriously delicious Italian food in the Smokies, you can’t beat Johnny Carino’s. If you’re a pasta lover like me, you’ll be torn between all of the menu items. After many nights here, I’ve found two favorites: the Skilletini, a sizzling skillet with spaghetti, spicy marinara sauce, parmesan, marinated peppers and onions; and the Grilled Chicken Bowtie Festival, a bowl of bowtie pasta with sliced chicken, bacon, garlic, red onions, roma tomatoes and asiago cream sauce. So good!

When you dine at the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge, you’re guaranteed a good meal and great time.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Will you be in Pigeon Forge Thanksgiving Day?  If so, you might be curious about what is open, things to do and Pigeon Forge shows to see.  Take a look at this easy-to-use list.  It can be your guide to fun after the feast is over.

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What to Do

These Pigeon Forge attractions and shows are open Thanksgiving day.
  • Adventure Ziplines of Sevierville
  • Adventure America Ziplines
  • Biblical Times Christmas Feast
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Brian Hoffman’s Remembering Red – A Tribute to Red Skelton
  • Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry
  • The Comedy Barn
  • Country Tonite
  • Dixie Stampede
  • Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure
  • Dollywood
  • Elvis & Friends
  • Firehouse Golf
  • Five Oaks Riding Stables
  • Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Dinner Disaster
  • Hazzard County Hoedown
  • Hollywood Wax Museum
  • Impossibilities – Magic, Mindreading and Mayhem!
  • Legacy Mountain Ziplines
  • Magic Spectacular
  • Mistletoe & Malarkey!
  • NASCAR Speedpark
  • Ober Gatlinburg
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
  • Scenic Helicopter Tours
  • Soul of Motown
  • The Coaster at Goats on the Roof
  • The Comedy Barn
  • The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
  • The Track
  • The Ultimate Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  • Titanic Museum Attraction
  • Wonderworks
  • Xtreme Racing Center

 

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Where to Eat

Still searching for a place to eat in Pigeon Forge Thanksgiving day?  These restaurants will be open. 

Alamo Steakhouse
3050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 4 p.m.-close
Phone number: (865) 908-9998

Applebee’s
207 Collier Dr., Sevierville, TN, 37862
Thanksgiving hours: 4 p.m.-close
Phone number: (865) 908-9424

Atrium Pancakes
432 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
Thanksgiving Hours: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 430-3684

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
2910 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 429-2200

Big Daddy’s Pizza
3053 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 4-9 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 429-7171

Calhoun’s
2532 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 868-1500

Cracker Barrel
2285 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 908-4459

Geno’s Pizza
2656 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Phone number: (865) 428-2498

Golden Corral
3610 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 453-1827

Hard Rock Cafe
2050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 430-7625

Holston’s Kitchen
639 Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 37862
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 365-4205

Iron Boar Saloon
104 Waldens Main St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 2-9 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 429-7779

J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen
3214 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 12 p.m-9 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 428-4200

Loco Burro
735 Parkway #1, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Phone number: (865) 430-5624

Mama’s Farmhouse
208 Pickel St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37862
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. (Reservations required for parties of 6 or more)
Phone number: (865) 908-4646

Margaritaville
130 Island Dr., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Phone number: (865) 210-8530

No Way Jose’s Cantina
104 Waldens Main St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 2-9 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 429-7779

Old Mill Restaurant
3341 Old Mill St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37836
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 453-6002

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen 
131 The Island Drive #8101, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 366 – 1510
(There will be a special Thanksgiving menu.)

Reagan’s House of Pancakes
2820 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 428-0652

Seasons of Ober Loft & Lounge
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, 1339 Ski Mountain Rd., Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 436-5423

Shoney’s
339 Forks of the River Pkwy, Sevierville, TN, 37862
Thanksgiving hours: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 453-7106

Smoky Mountain Brewery
2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 868-1400

TGI Friday’s
2794 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Phone number: (865) 453-1750

The Melting Pot
959 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
Thanksgiving hours: 2-10 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 430-4430

The Park Grill
1110 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
Thanksgiving hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 436-2300

Wood Grill Buffet
2301 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
Thanksgiving hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Phone number: (865) 429-3120

With all of these things to do in Pigeon Forge Thanksgiving day, it’s easy to have a great vacation in the Smoky Mountains!  It’s a heartwarming place to visit made even better during the holiday season.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

The hands-down, most popular place to eat in Pigeon Forge is The Old Mill Restaurant. There are two main reasons why: the food is southern cooking at its finest and the views can’t be beat. Located on the bank of the Little Pigeon River, The Old Mill Restaurant has a working grist mill, circa 1830, powered by the water supply. Watch the wheel turn just below the damn as the water flows by.  If that’s not enough of a throwback for you, the meals have a home-cooked deliciousness that make you swear you just walked into your Grandma’s kitchen.

When you dine at The Old Mill Restaurant, it’s a smart idea to arrive well ahead of when you want to eat. With its well-deserved reputation, locals and visitors alike frequent the place, meaning a wait is almost always an inevitability. For small parties, expect 45 minutes; large groups can wait up to 90 minutes.  That said, the southern comfort food on the other side of the wait is so worth it.

All of the meals are massive and more than enough for one person. In fact, the meals are so large The Old Mill Restaurant lets diners split an entrée and pay a little extra for two sets of sides. Take a look at what’s included with dinner.

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Corn chowder, homemade corn fritters, side salad, green beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and a dessert from the bakery.

I’ve ate here enough to have multiple favorites meals. Recommendations include:

  • Southern Country Fried Steak: Two giant’s cuts of steak, hand breaded with Old Mill breading, fried to perfection and laden with white gravy.
  • Traditional Turkey and Dressing: Oven-roasted turkey combined with cornbread dressing, made-from-scratch turkey gravy and cranberry sauce.  A Thanksgiving meal any time of year? Sign me up.
  • Old Mill Chicken and Dumplings: Slow-cooked chicken, a creamy sauce and homemade dumplings simmered into a Southern favorite.

 

Dining at The Old Mill Restaurant really is like eating at Grandma’s house, especially if you’re from the south or even the Midwest. After my first bite of biscuit, I could’ve sworn they stole my Grandma’s recipe. Same for the green beans, which are flavored with ham. The real deal sealer, though, was their pecan pie. The flaky crust filled with pecans and sugary, gooey goodness confirmed my Grandma was in fact in cahoots with The Old Mill. Okay, maybe not, but their country-style creations had me convinced otherwise. (They even have the same yellow-and-white checked napkins.)

The Old Mill Restaurant certainly brings back memories of southern Sunday dinners. However, even if you grew up elsewhere it’s hard to deny the appeal of the flavors, the hospitality and the setting of this Pigeon Forge eatery. Browse their full dinner menu to discover all they offer, and keep in mind The Old Mill Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch too.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

If you’re anything like me, you love to shop! When I go on vacation, it’s always fun to browse through the local shops to find unique souvenirs, one-of-a-kind crafts and even scoop up great deals on clothing. From outlet malls to antique stores, shopping in Pigeon Forge has a lot to offer. There are so many places to shop, I’ve create a quick guide to shopping in Pigeon Forge. Ready to shop? Let’s get started.

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Outlet Malls
When I go shopping in Pigeon Forge, there’s nothing I like better than scoring a deal. This makes outlet malls an ideal place for me go. I can get huge discounts on brands I love, while still acquiring high quality products. Tanger Outlet Center is my favorite Pigeon Forge outlet mall and should be at the top of your shopping to-do list. With popular brand names and premium designer labels like Coach, Banana Republic, Michael Kors and Lucky Brand among the stores, I always walk away with a bag full of goodies—all at discounts of up to 70%. Two other Pigeon Forge outlet malls worth mentioning is the home goods store Burke’s, and the Boot Factory Outlet, where when you can buy one pair of boots, and get two pair free. With over 20,000 boots to choose from, it’s hard not to find something you’ll love.

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The Old Mill

The Old Mill
To get to the heart of Appalachian culture, head to The Old Mill. Located just off The Parkway, there is an authentic, fully-functioning mill on-site as well as plenty of charming stores offering everything from housewares to homemade goodies and old-fashioned toys. Stop by to pick-up sweet treats like taffy and fudge, handcrafted pottery, or even a bag of cornmeal to take home and cook with. The newly opened Old Forge Distillery offers locally made moonshine and spirits, too. Each shop here has specialty items hard to find elsewhere, so you should definitely take time to browse through this bustling shopping center.

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Antique Shops
Currently, it’s all the rage to reuse and upcycle old goods and wares. If you’ve jumped on the bandwagon, a trip to Flat Creek Village is in order. Located on six acres, there are over 25 specialty shops—all with different themes and styles. I like to come here for the local honey, homemade jams, cozy quilts and quote-worthy signage. There’s something for everyone, though, including holiday décor and farm equipment. Two other notable Pigeon Forge antique shops include Yesterday’s Antiques and Antique Mall Pigeon Forge.

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Aunt Debbie’s Country Store/Facebook

Specialty Shops
Pigeon Forge has a lot of specialty shops, each with a unique spin. Guys will want to visit Smoky Mountain Knife Works. With thousands of knives to choose from, they’ve became a hotspot for knife enthusiasts. There are even handcrafted knives available, so you can walk away with a true Smoky Mountain original. Women will want to visit Lid’l Dolly’s, a large scale shop with endless racks of southern belle style dresses for little girls. The dresses may not be practical, they sure are pretty. Aunt Debby’s Country Store is another excellent Pigeon Forge specialty shop. Most of the items are homemade, including lamps, barnwood items, birdhouses, home décor and more. With an emphasis on local artisans, it’s easy to find a memento to take home.

I could go on and on about shopping in Pigeon Forge. There really are a lot of places to go. Hopefully, my tips will get you started. The rest is up to you. Happy shopping!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

The “Queen of Southern Cuisine,” Paula Deen is bringing a taste of Savannah to the Smoky Mountains just in time for warm weather.  Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen announced it will open its doors serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner beginning Monday, April 27.

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen will be located on The Island in Pigeon Forge, which is the gateway community for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Pigeon Forge is also home to the famed Dollywood theme park.

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Paual Deen’s Family Kitchen
Photo Credit: Paula Deen/Facebook

“Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is filled with love and mouthwatering flavors,” Deen said. “I can hardly wait to bring some of my favorite Southern dishes from my Savannah restaurant, The Lady & Sons, to the Great Smoky Mountains. We are going to serve our meals family style, with big ol’ bowls on the table, heaping full of fried chicken, collards, fried okra, corn and sweet potatoes. Plus, it’s a bonus to be Dollywood’s neighbor!”

At nearly 20,000 square feet, the new location on The Island in Pigeon Forge is home to both Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and The Paula Deen Store. When guests step inside the 4,000 square foot store, it will feel like they’ve walked into Deen’s home, complete with a replica of her kitchen for special events, samplings and personal appearances. In the store, guests will be able to purchase Deen’s products, including cookbooks, linens, aprons, utensils, cookware, food products and gifts for the entire family.

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen features 300 seats providing each guest a front row seat to The Island Show Fountain and a panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains in the distance. Guests can also enjoy the centerpiece of the Island in Pigeon Forge, the 200-foot Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, an observation wheel attraction reminiscent of the famed London Eye.

The restaurant will provide more than 200 jobs to the area as well as sales tax revenue that will boost the local economy in Sevier County. Positions include executive chefs, managers, line cooks, prep cooks, bakers, dishwashers, bussers, bartenders, servers, hosts and retail sales associates.

Deen’s restaurant will join other hospitality and retail leaders, such as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Hotel, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery and more than 60 other shops and attractions on The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Visitors looking to connect with Pigeon Forge, Tennessee’s past can do so by visiting The Old Mill.  Located just off the main Parkway, The Old Mill has been in operation since 1830.  At that time it produced the meals and flours for the day-to-day existence of early settlers and even furnished electricity for the town until 1935.  It still operates today, grinding corn and other grains for use in the Old Mill Restaurant and the Pottery House Café and Grille. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Many traditions continue in Pigeon Forge and at The Old Mill you’ll find heritage preserved through a variety of crafts practiced at the nearby shops of The Old Mill Square.  Each store reflects the history of the Mill and gives Pigeon Forge guests an opportunity to take a step back in time. 

The stores include:

  • The Old Mill General Store
  • Pigeon River Pottery
  • Farmhouse Kitchen
  • Candy Kitchen
  • Toy Bin
  • Sassafras
The entire square pays homage to the pioneers of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and is a working tribute to the early days of the Smokies.  Listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places, The Old Mill remains one of the most popular places to visit in Pigeon Forge and is most certainly one of the most photographed. 
Be sure to make plans on your Pigeon Forge vacation to stop by The Old Mill for a step back in time.  I recommend dining at one of the eateries, too.  The southern cuisine served at The Old Mill Restaurant is delicious and the portions are generous.  Try the southern fried steak and be sure to save room for the homemade pecan pie.  It’s made from scratch daily and some of the best I’ve tasted. 

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

You can now get a taste of Margaritaville right here in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Restaurant officially opened its doors at The Island on Monday, June 16, 2014.  The restaurant is an anchor of the entertainment complex, which will also open a Margaritaville Island Hotel in October.

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The two-story Margaritaville Pigeon Forge features multiple bars, a gift shop and an exterior deck with a live performance stage overlooking the Little Pigeon River.  You can step right into island adventure at the new restaurant.  An inviting and laidback atmosphere will make visitors (and locals) feel right at home.  The Pigeon Forge location is equipped with the 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar, and the colorful and tropical themed décor will make you feel like you’re drifting away on an island getaway.  The menu boasts a variety of flavor with mouthwatering seafood entrees, inspired by Jimmy himself, along with burgers and sandwiches. Experience a fun-filled family dining experience that will have you coming back for more.

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The Island is the latest retail and entertainment center to join Pigeon Forge. There are a number of restaurants, stores, and attractions to enjoy, including the, Great Smoky Mountain Wheel.  Plan a visit during your vacation to see why The Island is Pigeon Forge’s newest hot spot.

Photo Credit:  Margaritaville Pigeon Forge

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Pigeon Forge vacations from Ashley.

If you’re a fan of country cooking you’ll be happy to hear the latest Pigeon Forge restaurant news.  Paula Deen is opening a new restaurant in the Smoky Mountain vacation destination.  Brining her classic cooking to the restaurant scene makes perfect sense for Deen, who is known for her delicious southern cuisine.

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen will be conveniently located at The Island in Pigeon Forge, near attractions like Dollywood and Lumberjack Feud.  At a size of 20,000 square feet, the restaurant will be equipped to serve a lot of patrons.  Reports state the $20 million investment will open this summer.

As expected, Deen’s signature style will be showcased on the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee menu. Southern-style recipes like friend chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens and pecan pie.  Recipes from her cookbooks, ones that made her famous, are sure to be featured too. 

The new venture is another addition to The Island in Pigeon Forge, home to a range of shopping and dining options.  Jimmy Buffet’s Maragaritaville Hotel is slated to open this spring.  The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, an observation wheel attraction reminiscent of the famed London Eye, is also located at the development.

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One of the best parts of any vacation is the different dining options available. When you’re away from home you can try something new or the local specialty. In my opinion, it’s the time to stretch those taste buds and stray away from the ordinary or chain restaurant. There are several restaurants in Pigeon Forge you should definitely check out. When you do, keep these tips for dining in Pigeon Forge in mind.

1) Use coupons. There are coupon books about everywhere in Pigeon Forge. Pick one up and save money using one of the restaurant coupons.

2) Engage the wait staff. Ask what the favorite dishes are and if they’re known for a signature item. This will help guide your menu selection.

3) Explore your surroundings. Many of the best places to dine in Pigeon Forge have a unique them all their own. Nowhere is this more true than the Old Mill Restaurant, which is located at a historical 1830 (and still operating) grist mill.

4) Call ahead. If you already know where you’d like to dine, call to see if the restaurant will take reservations.

5) Dine Outside. Several of the places to eat in Pigeon Forge offer outdoor seating. For example, The Old Mill Pottery House & Café lets guests dine outside in an area boasting flowers and a koi pond.

6) Take advantage of Happy Hour. Happy Hour is known for drink specials, but over the last few years many restaurants also offer ½ price appetizers and other food specials. See what deals the local places are offering.

7) Choose your time wisely. During prime vacation season, try to avoid popular dining times. Lunch right at noon will be busy, so go a little later (or earlier) if you can. Push dinner to 7pm, instead of 6pm, to avoid the dinner rush.

Keep these tips in mind when you dine in Pigeon Forge. Do you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments.

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There are plenty of restaurants in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Whether you love a delicious steak fiery Mexican or have a craving for pancakes, you’ll have a variety of restaurants to to choose from when you visit the Smokies.

Alamo Steakhouse
3050 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-908-9998
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Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
2910 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-429-2200
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Bob Evans Restaurant
2480 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-428-6852 phon
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Corky’s Bar-B-Q
3584 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-7427
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Cracker Barrel
3960 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-428-461
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Geno’s Pizza
2656 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-428-2496
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Godfather’s Pizza
3145 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-774-7120
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Golden Corral Buffet and Bakery
3610 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-1827
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Great American Steak Buffet
2301 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-429-3120
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Johnny Carino’s
2425 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-868-0790
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Log Cabin Pancake House
4235 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-5748
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Old Mill Restaurant
160 Old Mill Ave
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-429-3463
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Parkway Pancake House
3220 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-429-4241
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Ponderosa Steakhouse
4074 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-4500
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Ruby Tuesday Restaurant
2302 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-429-5665
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Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
2530 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-868-1400
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Smoky Mountain Pancake House
4160 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-1749
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